Those Runner Kids launched in the spring of 2021. The program was created during COVID to provide a safe way children can get their daily exercise requirements while not falling behind in motor development. In past seasons, Those Runner Kids have been held at Freedom Park, Morning Glori Farmette, and a private preschool.
Classes include a warm-up, stretching, toddler yoga, obstacle course, running technique, relay races (presented through our ice cream game!), games, music and more!
During each class, participants work on various age-appropriate skills that are designed to help them master the basics of movements to set them up for athletic success in the future.
Skills taught at Those Runner Kids include mastering fine and gross motor skills that include: running, jumping, throwing, catching, as well as picking up objects.
Toddlers and young children also work on stability, mobility, and flexibility, and coordination development including balance, spatial awareness, rhythm, and reactivity.
Also included in Those Runner Kids classes is speed and agility. This includes acceleration and deceleration skills. Learn more about the skills here.
At the core of this class is the introduction to running. This includes concepts of running such as form and technique. Every week, kids will work on running techniques. However, this is not a track or cross country program. The classes are more overall exercise classes that features running as one of the many modes.
The heart of each class is the obstacle course, which changes every week to reflect the skills focused on for each specific class. This might mean balance beams for developing core strength and balance, or agility poles for reactivity.
All skills and exercises are taught and presented in an age-appropriate way. This means lots of structured play and games! The idea is for exercise to be fun so that they look forward to being active. While kids are running around most of the class, they also are introduced to other exercises and elements of other sports. This includes a variation of kicking the cone game often seen in toddler soccer classes. Again, this is not a competitive running or racing program. Children do not compete against each other. Running is just one of the many modes of exercise, making it more of a general exercise class opposed to a track or cross country program.
Each class ends with a cool down period that includes stretching and breathing exercises. It concludes with reading of a children’s book in the health and fitness space to further open them to concepts of living a healthy life.
This fitness program is designed to be best for children ages 2 to about 7 or eight. The program is designed so that siblings have an activity they can do together! As a mother, I know how hard it is to find after school activities that cater to multiple children. This removes the need to find care or feel like a constant taxi driver. Let all the kids come and play! Skills are progress and regressed based on skill and age. This might mean parents may need to give a hand with the younger ones, but from experience, the younger ones enjoy have slightly older kids lead the way through activities and games.
Morning Glori Farmette
131 Navy Ln, Marlton, NJ 08053
Classes are held in the tennis court on the Farmette. This means kids are secured on the property so they can play safely. After class, the kids get to meet with and feed the alpacas! At Those Runner Kids, we believe in all aspects of health and wellness. Being outdoors and close to nature is great for the soul! This is why we love holding class at the Farmette.
Fridays: April 8
May 12 ** date may be postponed
June 9 ** date instead of May 12
4-4:45 p.m. + up to 15 minutes of time with the alpacas. Children will get alpaca feed included in the class registration fee so that they can enjoy time with the animals.
The complete 6 weekly classes is $150. This includes custom spring 2023 medal and alpaca feed for after every class.
Siblings get 10% off when registering for full season.
Single classes are $25.
COVID Precautions / Cancellation & Refund Policy
The best thing about running is that is a no-contact sport! What’s great about Those Runner Kids classes are outside!
All equipment is sanitized after each class.
If a parent, family member or the child, might be exposed to COVID, experiencing symptoms, or tested positive, it is kindly asked for the child not to attend class.
Refunds are given to those who cannot attend class for drop ins.
Because we rent the space, refunds for those missing a class who paid for full season are not guaranteed. We have a rain date in place, and can use that toward a makeup or will provide a refund for that class only. We are willing to work with families on this matter, so please reach out!
Spring weather often means rains. We have a rain date in place for a makeup. Class cancellation will be announced no later than 2 p,m. that day. Emails will be sent as well as updates on Those Runner Kids Facebook page.