Shoal Creek Running Club

What is Running Club?
Running Club is a fun activity for students to voluntarily run before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Running Club is brought to you through the generosity of the Shoal Creek PTA and the Los Rancheros Kiwanis Club through the Palomar Health’s Community Action Council.

How does it work?
As soon as the gates open at 7:55 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, every student from Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade is welcome to head over to Fairness Field for the Running Club. There are designated areas for each grade level to drop off their backpacks or belongings. Students will receive lap cards from parent volunteers stationed at the tables. The cards are pre-printed with the student’s information and are sorted by their teacher’s name. The students run a 1/4 mile loop around Fairness Field and are greeted by parent volunteers at the finish line. Parent volunteers punch holes in the lap cards for every lap completed. The Running Club co-chairs keep running totals throughout the year for every participant and the amount of laps completed. While participating in the Running Club, it is not mandatory to run. Students are invited to run or walk, but must keep moving.

The goal for the Shoal Creek Running Club is to instill the importance of a healthy lifestyle and to motivate kids to have fun while they exercise. Students will be recognized for individual achievements. Awards will be distributed to all runners that reach certain milestone goals: 5 miles, 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles. *New for 2013-2014 Running Club: Half-marathon & Marathon Big Feet toe tokens & Mile Challenge.

Toe Tokens
A toe token is a little plastic foot that is awarded for every 5 miles (20 laps) that a student runs. New students will receive a chain to keep their toe tokens on. Lost chains can be replaced for $1 but toe tokens cannot be replaced.

Big Feet
Big Feet toe tokens are awarded to students who complete the equivalent of a half-marathon and marathon. Students who earn these special achievement toe tokens will be recognized at the first Friday Flag of the following month.

Mile Challenge
Each month we will announce a Mile Challenge to the school. Students have the entire month to complete the challenge. Every student that completes the challenge will receive a Limited Edition toe token. Classes that have 100% completion of the mile challenge will receive a bonus treat.

Classroom Awards
Classroom awards will be distributed based on overall participation. Each month the top 5 classes with the highest percentage of participation will be entered into a drawing to see who gets to keep the Running Club mascot, Where’s Ollie, for the month. Classes are not eligible to have Where’s Ollie two consecutive months in a row.

Other Important Information:
  • Running Club begins at 7:55 a.m. when the gates open and goes until 8:10 a.m.
  • Running club is short and sweet. Students are encouraged to run as many laps as they desire in the allotted time frame of 7:55 – 8:10 a.m.
  • Parents are WELCOME to join their children at running club! Parents can choose to run with their children, or can become part of a wonderful group of volunteers to help distribute cards, punch holes for laps, or cheer on the runners! Volunteers are welcomed & needed!
  • Siblings may run, but only if a parent is present on the field with the child and the Running Club volunteers deem it to be safe. These children can have a lap card but will earn stickers instead of toe tokens.
  • In the case of inclement weather or poor field conditions, Running Club will be cancelled for the safety of our students,
  • Replacement chains can be purchased for $1
We highly encourage every child to eat a healthy breakfast every morning, wear comfortable shoes and clothing and drink plenty of water!

If you have any questions, please contact the Running Club co-chairs, Laurie Flores and Johanna Penttila at

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