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|ORIGINAL KR BOOKMARKS - 2007|
For your Running Programs
Our 2007 KidsRunning.Com bookmarks were designed to encourage running, literacy, and wellness. They were detailed and whimsical with quotes from some of our greatest athletes.
The bookmarks were sponsored by usatf.org. I would like to thank USATF for funding my distribution of over 100,000 bookmarks during the last few years. To make printer friendly bookmarks, I had to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. It is this method of illustrating that I now use when illustrating children's books. Many thanks!
NOTE: As of June 15, 2009, this promotion is on hold.
Summer-Track: Let 'er Rip - Run fast with Alan Webb. "The track is my home...."
RUNNING AND LITERACY GO TOGETHER
For the parents:
-Take your son running with you. Then have him write that letter to Grandma and Grandpa. He'll have plenty to say. Writing will no longer be a chore.
- Read a story to your daughter about a child's first fun-run medal. She'll want to earn a medal, too!
And for students:
-Have writer's block? Go out for a run and ideas will come.
-Can't concentrate on that text? Race around the block a few times, then open that book. You'll be able to relax and read.
For the teachers:
-Take your children out for an XC run. Somewhere on your trail, find a sunny spot and form a circle. Take turns saying sentences about the run. Go indoors and hand them running journals. They'll have plenty of ideas to write about.
- Want to motivate your kids to each read 10 books? Promise them a classroom/family mile run when each student completes that number. Watch them turn those pages.
For the kids:
-Reread "The Gingerbread Boy". Then go to your back yard and "Run, run as fast as you can."
And when you come back in, write your own version of "The Gingerbread Boy".
Notes on the Track Bookmark: See Alan Webb running with a spoon? It's not "egg" in his spoon, but mint chocolate-chip ice cream. This was his pre-race ritual, having a small bowl of this treat before each big race. See a 2003 interview with Alan. The back of this bookmark has 2 original quotes by Alan Webb.
Running inspires creativity, helps you focus, expends energy, and allows you some quiet time to think.
It's in this spirit, we are happy to announce that KR has a new and revised set of running bookmarks with quotes by Deena Kastor, 2004 Olympic Medalist, Alan Webb, Outdoor 1,500m Champion, Dathan Ritzenhein, 2004 Olympian, and Melissa Donais, Millrose Mile Champion.
Autumn-Fun Run: Glitter like Gold - Earn a medal with Deena Kastor. "...dream a little."
START A COLLECTION
Here's all you have to do to receive a bookmark:
1. Send us a story, chart, tip, letter, picture, poem or photo.
2. Include a business-sized SASE (self-addressed-stamped envelope). Address to:
PO Box 209
Fiskdale, MA 01518
3. Want a particular bookmark? Just include a note to let us know which one you want: Track, Cross-country, Fun Run, or Nature Run.
Teachers, there are many ways you can integrate your classroom curriculum with the KR Web site. Use one of your writing goals and have children use the theme of nutrition, physical activity, running or fitness. Send to KR and receive a bookmark for each child in your class. Or have your children participate in one of our ribbon programs: blue, green, red, and rainbow. Send for bookmarks when you send us their charts.
Parents, you can do all of the above. We also have a new birthday fun run ribbon. Have a birthday fun run and send us photos. Send a SASE with your photo and earn a KR bookmark.
Notes on the Fun Run Bookmark: This illustration is from "The Treasure of Health and Happiness" a chapter book partly about a little girl afraid to run her first fun run. The back of this bookmark has one dreamy quote by Deena Kastor. Click for an excerpt from Treasure.
Winter-Cross-country: Slip 'n Slide - Warm up in the winter with Dathan Ritzenhein. "...like a race every time out."
Are you a race director? Consider having children write about their expectations or goals for an event. Or have them write about their impressions after the event. This way, you can use our bookmark program to integrate literacy with your event.
OUR BOOKMARK SPONSOR
This bookmark program is funded and sponsored by USA Track & Field. Visit their Web site at usatf.org Check out their many youth programs.
Today's youth athletes are tomorrow's champions! As the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, track & field, long distance running, and race walking offer a variety of competitive and fitness opportunities. USA Track & Field competitions takes place in 2-year age divisions, from 10 & under through 17-18.
Youth meets and races are often more than competition--they're also fun! And, regardless of whether young athletes achieve a personal best, win a medal, or earn a shot at international competition, they'll have the opportunity to make new friends--and a lifetime of memories!
Notes on the Cross-country Bookmark: This bookmark was inspired by Dathan Ritzenhein's winter runs as an 8th grader in Michigan. See KR's 2002 interview with Dathan. There are 4 original quotes by Dathan on the back of this bookmark - 1 for each season of the year.
Spring-Nature Run: Smell the flowers -Engage your senses with Melissa Donais. "...soft patter of my feet against the ground."
USATF's largest youth program is the Junior Olympics, where nearly 70,000 youth athletes compete each year in the Track & Field and Cross Country championships. Many of America's Olympians began as youth athletes, including stars such as Maurice Greene, Allyson Felix, Bryan Clay, John Godina, Deena Kastor (Drossin), and Allen Johnson.
Join USATF today to be a part of it!
On the non-competitive side, USATF's "Be a Champion" program showcases star athletes speaking with local schools about the importance of fitness, a healthy lifestyle, living with integrity--including a drug-free life--and setting goals. "Be A Champion" has been enthusiastically embraced by USATF athletes and the students to whom they speak. Watch for "Be A Champion" in your area!
Notes on the Spring Bookmark: We chose a high school runner for our quoted athlete on the back of this bookmark and we are glad that we did. Melissa Donais dedicates this bookmark to the memory of her grandfather, her running inspiration.
Don't miss this one. Check out our "Bookmark Marathon" page and charts. Print them and choose this nifty way for your kids to earn their bookmarks.
Bookmark art is by Carol Goodrow. Similar art can be seen on the kidsrunning.com Web site or in one of Carol's books. "Happy Feet, Healthy Food, Your Child's First Journal of Exercise and Healthy Eating" and "The Treasure of Health and Happiness"
Published by Breakaway Books.
If you would like bookmarks for your club or fun run please EMAIL
Carol Goodrow: firstname.lastname@example.org