STRIDE is a fun fitness and running program for boys in grades third through eighth. Boys have the chance to share their thoughts and opinions about various life topics in a safe, encouraging environment that helps them develop character while building their running endurance to compete in a 5K.
Success + Teamwork + Respect + Inspiration + Determination = Excellence in Character
We encourage boys to exhibit excellence in character in all aspects of their lives, make healthy choices and build confidence by leading them through a curriculum that incorporates fun activities and running.
To provide a high quality program for all boys in third through eighth grade where the focus is on fun and fitness
To increase the confidence of participants by helping them feel good about themselves and their abilities
To create an opportunity to share information about various topics to help them reach a “whole person” excellence by being better individuals, students, team members, athletes and members of their community
To provide a valuable experience for our coaches with a program that will improve their lives and the lives of the participant
To improve the participants' fitness level by training and preparing them to complete a 5K
Fall 2017 Season
The fall 2017 will be the pilot season for STRIDE in Central Iowa. The season will begin the week of September 5 and end November 11 or 12. Each STRIDE team meets twice a week for 10 weeks. Trained volunteer coaches start each session with an introduction of the day’s character-building lesson, followed by a warm-up, group discussion, running workout and interactive games. In each session, the boys build the stamina, techniques and confidence to run a 5K. Boys who demonstrate excellent character are rewarded with a STRIDE dog tag at the end of the lesson. At the conclusion of the ten-week session, the boys celebrate by participating in a 5K with their coaches, parents and running partners.
STRIDE gives boys the opportunity to share and explore issues that they face in school, at sports, in the community and at home. They learn the importance of being a good friend, working as a team, saying no to drugs and making good decisions. We want to help boys become young men who KNOW what is right, CARE what is right and DO what is right.
Coaches do not have to be elite runners. They just have to be men or women over 18 years of age who are committed to improving the lives of boys.
New Coaches must attend a STRIDE coach training. At least one coach must get CPR certified. Training is free!
All curriculum and materials are supplied and coaches are provided with a support network and tips along the way.
Assistant coaches can be male or female, but must be 16 years of age.
Coaching STRIDE is an extremely rewarding experience. It is amazing to see the transformation that occurs in the boys' self-esteem and ability.
STRIDE meets twice a week for 75 minutes.
Team of coaches welcome! At least two coaches needed at each location.
You need a safe outdoor space, like a field or track, for boys to run in and an indoor space, like a gym or classroom, in case of inclement weather. Each STRIDE team requires a minimum of eight participants, and the maximum team size is 20.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
You! A successful site starts with support and approval from the school principal or site director.
Identify and appoint a site liaison to manage this specific STRIDE site. The site liaison will be the link between boys, parents, coaches and the council.
Recruit 2-3 coaches for your site. Volunteer coaches must complete certified training prior to coaching any STRIDE program. Training will be offered August 9, 5-9 PM. Coaches must complete Coach Application before July 15.