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    Do you remember what it was like to run as a child?

    Cam (10) on his way to a sub 20 minute 5k in OttawaIf you’re like me, your memories of running revolve around the times you were told to in gym class or how you would run for fun the playground, during sessions of Kick The Can, Hide n’ Seek, pickup baseball games or whatever it was that got your feet moving. When it came to the playground, I didn’t even realize I was actually running.  I have fond memories of these mindless feet-moving ventures and I vividly recall how I always felt so good afterward. I never ran competitively as a youth and I wish I did based on how much I enjoy it now. Unfortunately, no one was ever able to relay to me that running was such a great sport to get involved with.

    Perhaps you didn’t run much as a kid and that is why you run now, or why you are looking to get your child into running. In any event, it is clear that running is a big part, or should be a big part of growing up – and it should be and can be fun. At iRun, we are big supporters of Youth Running and that is why I am writing this column. As a father of 3 runners, I have experienced firsthand what it takes to get children started in the sport of running at varying levels of competitiveness. I have seen many looks of satisfaction and big smiles from my children as they continue to progress through this sport and their active lifestyles. I rest assured that they are healthy individuals and content as athletes developing at their own pace. I am often asked what kind of hypnosis I have used on them over the years to get them into it. There is no magic involved here ladies and gentlemen. It does take some patience and like any other sport, children need to be guided into it and be allowed to progress at their own pace. Of course, any way you can make it fun for them is going to be beneficial to their overall view of running.

    We live in a generation where attention to our children’s health and fitness is a growing concern. The need to get them active and keep them active is more important than ever. Although running is not the only answer, I know that it is a great one, when introduced and approached properly and made to be as fun as possible. I plan to share what I already know while continuing to learn more and share views of other parents, coaches and of course, children themselves.

    As a famous proverb suggests, “It takes a village to raise a child”, we must apply this to running assuring they are surround by many positive voices. I will also have some guests share their views from time to time and as well we will also focus on some of the accomplishments of competitive youth runners across the country. These youngsters are putting forth great efforts to succeed in their sport and deserve recognition.

    Your voice counts as well – If you have any questions or topics you’d like to see addressed please leave a comment or email me at dave at beachesrunner dot com

    Vive les enfants!


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    4 COMMENTS

    1. When I was a child I remember running was always a part of playing outside. While I can’t say that I ran for the pleasure of it, I never once gave a second thought to it being a form of exercise or how it was hard work! Knowing what I know now I really wish I kept up the running into my teen years and adulthood. Think about how much faster I could run now if I did! I don’t have kids, but if I did I would definitely get them into the sport at a young age, not for competitive reasons, but just because of the health benefits.

    2. Yes, there is no need for it to be competitive. Some children may however get attached to it quicker because of the competition or to be a part of a team. As long as they enjoy the actual act of running, it’s a win win situation.

    3. My children are all very active and I find it so funny when people comment on how it is too much for them to be involved in a number of sports, running being one of them. Children sit in a classroom all day and some come home and sit in front of a computer, tv or video games all evening. The problem is not that are children are too active, the problem is that they are not active enough.

      Encouraging our kids to become and stay active will add years to their lives.

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