To share with everyone you love
by Carol Goodrow, 2002 Oldie but Goodie
1. "Run, Doggy, Run"
You can play chase with your puppy.
2. "Thump, Thump, Thump"
Running's good for your heart. Tyler, age 7
Running for charity can help save lives - maybe even the life of someone you love.
4. "Run to Write"
Running gives kids something to write about.
5. "Treasure Hunt"
Your eyes find sparkling treasures while out for a run: an emerald green leaf, the silver tail of a squirrel, and some ruby-red berries.
6. "Hot Toast"
Running keeps you warm on the coldest day.
7. "Run to Eat"
Running burns calories.
8. "Your Own Walden Pond"
You notice nature: the little seasonal changes, the weather, and the wildlife.
9. "Builds Strong Bones"
Running is weight bearing. It helps prevent osteoporosis.
10. "Wild Horses"
You can run with the wind, through the fields, and in the rain.
Running helps your body use insulin. It lowers your blood sugar. It helps prevent diabetes.
12. "Habit Forming"
Kids who run will more likely develop a lifelong love of exercise.
13. "Younger and Younger"
In recent years, more young adults have developed heart conditions. Running helps prevent heart disease.
You can make it to first base in time if you run fast.
15. "Stress Buster"
Nothing soothes the soul after an argument with Mom and Dad, like going out for a run.
16. "Toe Tokens"
It's fun to collect colorful trinkets and wear them on your sneakers.
17."You Can Do It!"
You can set up your own personal challenges when running: a mountain, a hill, a distance, a speed.
Need a friend? Find someone to run with. You'll soon be close buddies.
19. "What a Feeling!"
When you're having a good run, your body just plain feels good.
20. "Ready to Learn"
Use up your extra energy at recess, then return to the classroom ready to focus on your schoolwork.
Runners are allowed to come home muddy after running on a wet trail. Spattered mud is the trademark of a cross-country runner.
22. "Poetry in Motion"
The rhythm of running makes you feel creative. It's easy to come up with a little rhyme when you are running.
You might win a trophy.
24. "School Days"
Running makes a great classroom theme.
25. "Beauty and the Beast"
Running makes a raw day, feel mild and beautiful.
26. "Melt that Fat"
Running combats obesity and in effect helps keep you healthy.
27. "Crystal Clear"
Running by yourself is a great time to think. Without effort you can clear your mind, relax, and allow great thoughts to emerge.
28. "Run with the Best"
You can run at an event with Olympians, record breakers, and race winners...and they, in turn, can run with you.
29. "Enjoy the Fans and Hoopla"
Clap for the bagpipes, thank the cheering fans, and appreciate the costumed runners.
Running inspires artistic expression.
You can dream of getting that special running number; be it number 1, number 100, even number 7.
I love to hear my footsteps as my feet beat the ground. by Maddie, age 14
33. "Be Part of Something Big"
Events are built by each participant. Everyone counts.
34. "Develop a Skill"
There are many components of running that you can improve: stride, arm swing, foot strike, and pace.
35. "Feed your Piggy Bank"
Running doesn't cost a lot of money. Just lace up your shoes and head outside. Save your money for other things.
36. "You're Sunshine"
When you run you'll make passers-by smile. They'll give you thumbs-up signs and call out, "You go girl!"
Running conditions you for other sports. You'll have endurance on your bike when the snow melts. The first time you take spin class, you'll blow everyone away!
38. "Short Stuff"
You can be comfortable in shorts and a tee, when everyone else has on long pants, jackets, gloves, and hats.
39. "Chocolate Bliss"
Imagine this: going for a good run when it's raining and windy, then coming home and having a nice soak in the bath, followed by a nice hot chocolate...bliss! Zoe, age 13
40. "Rock and Roll Culture"
When you travel to a new state, it's fun to combine your sightseeing with a running event. You can schedule a trip to Cleveland and visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which stands at the finish line of the Race for the Cure. You'll be doing something for your body, for your mind, and for others - all at the same time.