The Daugherty Family Makes Running A Family Event

Our family has Friday family night, which usually consists of going out to eat since by Friday neither of us feel like cooking dinner.  We have three children ages 10, 7 and 2 years old.  On June 3th we spent our family night at the Tiger Classic 5k race in Bristol Pa.  This race is special to our family because it is the race my husband and I met at.  In 1992 the race was 10K held on Memorial Day.  My husband won that race and I finished 2nd in the women’s race.     After the race we got talking, found out we lonely lived 2 miles apart and the rest in history.  At one time we both held the 10k course records. We have traveled back to the race every year.  The girls like eating the goodies after the race and especially enjoy picking prizes from the tables of stuff the race offers.

The race was held on a  Friday evening. The temperature was great better than a week ago when it was in the 90’s.  Shelby and Paige have run several 5k’s   Shelby ran the race solo because my husband ran with our 7-year-old daughter Paige. As Shelby approached the finish on the track a the crowds cheered I heard someone say look at that little girl.  She tried with everything she had left to catch the lady in front of her but the lady told us later she gave everything to stay a head of Shelby- “I could not let a little girl beat me”.  She won the girls 12 and under age group with a time of 28:05 (actually beat the boys in the age group as well.  As Paige approached the finish line the crowds cheered for her and  once again I heard runners say look at the little girl she is even talking.  The runner in front of her said she worked hard to stay ahead of Paige because she couldn’t let a little girl beat her.  The female runner told me she “looked back once and saw a small girl running and talking not out of breath while she was feeling exhausted.  She worked harder because she was worried the little girl would catch her and pass her”.    She was 2nd in the 12 and under age group with a time of 32:22- first place was her big sister.  She ran 6 1/2 minutes faster than lat year at the same race. I also won my age group but the little ones stole the show.  To top off our evening we stopped for ice cream on the way home.    The girls earned a large ice cream.

Both our daughters think nothing running a race.  The incredible thing is they don’t train at all.  They sign up for a race, the week before run 2 miles and them race the 5k.  Months later the same thing for another race.  We want them to enjoy what they are doing after all most sports use running as a punishment.  They view it as something they can do that most adults wont do.  The Tiger race next year may have another Daugherty entered.  Miles is only turning three in September but he runs around trying to keep up with his sisters, so the  1 mile should be no problem for Miles.  Look out Girls Cross Country team competitors in 2017 the Daugherty girls are coming.

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Children and Running

I started   the Jamison Elementary School Roadrunners Running Program in 2005.  The club consisted of children grades K-6 that attended the school age childcare program at Jamison Elementary School in Jamison Pa.   The children ran in local races participating in the one mile fun runs or the 5K race. This simple program can help children get in  shape for any sport.

Program Overview- Workouts
Week 1 – Run 1 minute followed by walk 1 minute continuing this rotation until the total time is about 20 minutes.
Week 2 – Run 2 minutes followed by walk 1 minute continuing this rotation until the total time is about 20 minutes.
Week 3 – Run 3 minutes followed by walk 1 minute continuing this rotation until the total time is about 20 minutes. Week 4– Run 4 minutes followed by walk for 1 minute continuing this rotation until the total time is about 20 minutes.

Continue adding 1 minute a week to the running time with the 1 minute walk.   If the group is adjusting quicker add 2 minutes.

2005 Jamison Road Runners

Running was something that improved my self-esteem.  I  started this group  to spark the children’s interest in the sport I have learned to love.  Several of the Jamison Roadrunners realized they  enjoyed running and where talented runners as elementary school children.   They continued running on the middle school track team  and high school cross-country/ track teams.   They would have never even thought about going out for track/cross-country if not for the Jamison Roadrunners program.  They learned running can be fun!

I started running in seventh grade (I can’t believe it’s been twenty-eight years).   While in elementary school my best friend and I would bet the boys in the Presidential Physical Fitness run. After running the Presidential Physical Fitness run in gym class in seventh grade, the track coach saw my time and talked me into going out for track.   I enjoyed athletics but was small so some sports seemed useless to try.  I tried soccer but since I started at 12 years old the other girls had a lot better ball skills than I did.   In seventh grade I ran the mile and 800 meters (the longest races in Jr. High).  In high school my best friend and I went out for cross-country.  We only when it was running but had no idea what cross-country actually was.I qualified for states my first year running the sport. In college I ran the 5k and 10k in track.  Some of my college education was paid because I ran.

The Daugherty Family Makes Running A Family Event

Our family has Friday family night, which usually consists of going out to eat since by Friday neither of us feel like cooking dinner.  We have three children ages 9, 6 and 1 years old.  On June 4th we spent our family night at the Tiger Classic 5k race in Bristol Pa.  This race is special to our family because it is the race my husband and I met at.  In 1992 the race was 10K held on Memorial Day.  My husband won that race and I finished 2nd in the women’s race.     After the race we got talking, found out we lonely lived 2 miles apart and the rest in history.  At one time we both held the 10k course records. We have traveled back to the race every year.  The girls like eating the goodies after the race and especially enjoy picking prizes from the tables of stuff the race offers.

The Daugherty Gang

The race was held on a hot Friday evening.  Shelby has run several 5k’s but this was Paige’s first 5k race.  Shelby ran the race solo because my husband ran with our 6-year-old daughter Paige. As Shelby approached the finish on the track a male runner sprinted as fast as he could the last 200 meters to beat her.  Later he told me she made him push himself to catch her because he “could not let a little girl beat him”.  She won the girls 12 and under age group with a time of 29:32 (actually beat the boys in the age group as well).   The hot weather didn’t stop Paige from running and talking the entire race without stopping.  The runner in front of her said she worked hard to stay ahead of Paige because she couldn’t let a little girl beat her.  The female runner told me she “looked back once and saw a small girl running and talking not out of breath while she was feeling exhausted.  She worked harder because she was worried the little girl would catch her and pass her”.    She was 2nd in the 12 and under age group with a time of 38:31- first place was her big sister.  She also beat the boys in the 12 and under age group. I also won my age group but the little ones stole the show.  To top off our evening we stopped for ice cream on the way home.    Paige took her medal to school the next day to tell her classmates/ teachers what she did.  Paige’s self-esteem was higher after her 5K race.  She was excited when we told her the time she ran was only two seconds slower than her big sister’s first 5K.  But it took her several 5K races to run without stopping. Paige did it on her first try!  Now she did something before big sister.   Both our daughters think nothing running a race.  The incredible thing is they don’t train at all.  They sign up for a race, the week before run 2 miles and them race the 5k.  Months later the same thing for another race.  We want them to enjoy what they are doing after all most sports use running as a punishment.  They view it as something they can do that most adults wont do.  The Tiger race next year may have another Daugherty entered.  Miles is only turning two in September but he runs around trying to keep up with his sisters, so the  1 mile should be no problem for Miles.  Look out Girls Cross Country team competitors in 2017 the Daugherty girls are coming.

How to start a School Age Children’s Running Group

Over 32% of children are overweight or obese in the United States. Several elementary schools have started running program to help lower the obesity rate among school age children. By following these simple guidelines you could have a running group started in no time and at next to no cost.
Have you ever wanted to help your child get in shape for a sport, or loss weight? Why not start a running group to help your child and any other child in the school do the same? The group will help the children progress from walking to running at a pace that’s right for each child and help prepare them to comfortably finish the 1 mile fun run/ 5K race. The children will have a period of time they run followed by a period of time that they walk. The first thing to do is to make sure all participants have an updated physical and parental permission to participate in a running group. You should write a letter explaining why the group is being started and not let anyone run if the form is not signed.
Parent’s challenge your child and run the race with them!!! Finishing is the most important thing. To help encourage the children let them name the new group. You should also find a local race with a 5k and fun run. This way the children that advance quickly can take the 5k challenge while others run the 1 mile.
Begin the session with about 15 minutes of stretching. The stretching should not be ballistic or bouncing in style. It is better to stretch and hold it for about 20 seconds. The children could run at there own pace or partner up with a friend. Make sure to emphasize they should be able to talk clearly without huffing and puffing while they run. I they can’t talk they are running to fast and should slow down. If the child can’t run the entire “run time” encourage then to walk quickly. Emphasize the goal is to finish not race.
The children run in a field or parking lot that has a coned off area. They run the coned area like they would run around the track (continuously the same loop). Blow a whistle to indicate the time to run and yell run. Blow the again to indicate it is time to walk and yell walk. The cycle continues until the activity is complete.

Program Overview- Workouts
Week 1 – Run 1 minute followed by walk 1 minute continuing this rotation until the total time is about 20 minutes.
Week 2 – Run 2 minutes followed by walk 1 minute continuing this rotation until the total time is about 20 minutes.
Week 3 – Run 3 minutes followed by walk 1 minute continuing this rotation until the total time is about 20 minutes.

Continue adding 1 minute a week to the running time. If the group is adjusting quicker add 2 minutes.

Pam founded the Jamison Elementary School Roadrunners running program in 2005. The club consisted of children grades K-6 that attended the school age childcare program at Jamison Elementary School in Jamison Pa.