This past fall I had the opportunity to be a part of a few local organizations, Active4Youth & Skyhawks, who offers no cost cross country programs at elementary schools throughout our school districts.
My team consisted of 20-30 kids participating in one hour practices three times a week. The kids also ran in two cross country meets as well as an All-Valley meet if they met qualifying marks at the previous two meets.
One of the kids had a great drive and passion for running already as a 9-year-old, she would ask for tips and advice during practices and meets. The connections I made with the kids and their families was more than I expected and hoped for. During a time when I was burned out from training and races their excitement & joy during practices and meets rejuvenated my love for running.
Sharing my knowledge & passion for the sport of running with our future generation was very rewarding & I encourage everyone to give back. It is important for us to volunteer within our current running communities and help our youth develop a love and passion for the sport.
If you are interested in volunteering in your local running community I suggest you ask local schools, community programs and check with race directors in your area to get involved.