100 Mile Club

100 Mile Club

100 Mile Club is the elite school-based program leading the effort in the prevention of childhood inactivity and obesity across the nation.

100 miles in her shoes

Walking challenge leads to strong bond for McKinney, Cohen Video Courtesy of KY3 / KSPR / Ozarks CW Springfield, MO 65807 Article by Martin Barrett, sports editor [email protected] Original publication, BolivarMONews.com   A twice-a-week walking challenge at Bolivar Intermediate School has led to a volunteer experience and a friendship for two Bolivar R-1 School District students, Bolivar High School junior Tracen McKinney and BIS student Rachel Cohen, who is blind. BIS hosts the 100 Mile Club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings when students at the school walk around the school’s track. The goal is to walk 100 miles before the end of the school year. McKinney said the idea to help out came from Coach Vicki Newcomb, who brought it up to the whole cross country team. The idea to help Cohen was something that McKinney wanted to do before he even heard she was blind. “She said that there was an amazing young girl at the intermediate school who wanted to join the 100 Mile Club,” McKinney said. “She then said that this girl needed somebody who would walk with her because she was blind. I was already interested in helping out before I was told about her being blind, but once I heard that she was blind, I knew that this was something I needed to do.” McKinney said he is visually impaired in one eye himself. Even though he said it does not affect him, he just knew helping Cohen was something he had to do. “It allows me to know what blindness is (like) in some respect,” McKinney said. “This really made my heart tug toward helping her because I knew that the small sacrifice I would make would mean a ton to her.” McKinney has helped Cohen by simply holding her hand during the walks and […]

Start Thinking. Keep Running!

Spring is peeking around the corner, and it’s hard to believe there are only a few months left until the end of the school year!  Here at the national office we are gearing up for one of the biggest years EVER for Gold Medals, and wanted to share some tips for getting ready to close out your 100 Mile Club year strong. Select a date for your Medal Ceremony.  We recommend choosing a day around 2 weeks prior to your last day of school. Allow your kids to keep running and earning miles for as long as possible!  We want to give every child the best chance possible to earn their gold medal! Order your medals from Coaches Corner 2 weeks before your medal ceremony to make sure they arrive on time.  Local schools can order 1 week before and pick up from our national office. Celebrate your students’ success with medals and year-end certificates! That’s it!  Share pictures of your medal ceremonies with #100mileclub and #runlikeakid, we can’t wait to see the sense of accomplishment and joy this exciting day brings. If you have any questions about the end-of-year ceremony please visit Coaches Corner, call us at (951) 340-2290, or email [email protected]. We’ll be happy to help make this day awesome!  

Team 100 Mile Club at Ragnar SoCal: Running 200-ish Miles for our Kids

Can $10 change a life? It sure can. For the price of a latte and scone at your favorite coffee shop, you can help a child achieve true personal success through goal setting and exercise. On April 6-7, 2018, 12 runners from all walks of life and fitness levels are coming together for one reason…The 100 Mile Club! 12 runners, 200 miles. One cause. Kicking things off in Huntington Beach, this dedicated and talented team will Run, Walk, Drive, Sleep (maybe), and Repeat under the California sunshine, beneath the stars at night, and over epic coastlines. Some of us are super-fast and some are not-so-fast, but we’re a team and we will finish STRONG! What could be better?? We know! Helping 100 Mile Club Kids and leading by example, THAT’S what! This campaign has a huge goal of helping 1,000 children participate in the full 100 Mile Club Program in 2018. It costs just $10/year to help one child participate in this incredible and award-winning program. Your donation of $50 or more will earn you a special gift from 100 Mile Club. We think you will love it. 🙂 Can you help? Sponsor one child or many…it’s up to you. Then, share this all over the place so we can reach our goal. 1,000 kids x $10 = $10,000 LET’S DO THIS! Click below… SPONSOR A KID (or 5) TODAY. Please meet our 2018 100 Mile Club® Ragnar Relay Team. Each runner’s name is linked to their personal fundraising page, so click and donate to your favorite! Are you ready? Here they are in no particular order: Our 12 RUNNERS! OUR DRIVERS!   

A rUNIFIED Interview with our Founder, Kara Lubin

 Get to know a little more about our Founder, Kara Lubin, in an interview with Matt Sorensen of Runified. ABOUT THIS PODCAST:  Kara is a fourth-generation public school teacher from California, a mother to two children, and also maintains a small farm with horses, dogs, and a tortoise named Rachel. We talk with Kara about how Rachel the tortoise is her spirit animal and how she struggled with an unhealthy relationship with running, exercise, and food while growing up. She strives to keep a well balanced and positive outlook on exercise and food as she strives to set an example for her children and others. Kara loves the Born to Run ultramarathons and prides herself in running slow and steady. Kara shares how she started the 100 Mile Club in 1992 and how her instinct led to developing a program that now reaches over 1.2 million children a year. With the 100 Mile Club, Kara is passionate about using running or other activities to inspire kids, as well as adults, to set a goal, work toward it a little each day, and help others along the way. Listen above or visit links below… iTunes Links: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-087-kara-lubin-100-mile-club/id1130802005?i=1000402285039&mt=2 or http://ow.ly/UAke30iorEA  Libsyn Link: http://runified.libsyn.com/ep087-kara-lubin-100-mile-club Runified Website Link: http://www.runified.co/podcast ________________________ ABOUT RUNIFIED:  We believe: Anyone who runs is a runner, no matter the pace or distance. Runners are more than just runners. They are friends, family, moms, dads, sons, daughters, and more. Running is about more than just running; it’s about the relationships, challenges, goals, and experiences we share. The Runified Podcast is all about telling the stories that make runners who they are, beyond the training and racing. We trust that these stories will inspire, educate, and motivate runners of all abilities and help them achieve their goals. Additionally, we will share the stories about the genesis […]

goodr Running Sunglasses Proven to Help Kids Get Out and Run!

Okay, so this heading is clickbait, but kind of not. (It’s actually TRUE.) LOS ANGELES, CA, January 9, 2017 goodr is a running sunglasses brand created for people who think running is fun, and 100 Mile Club is an organization created to make running fun for kids; a match.com algorithm couldn’t have hitched a better pair. 100 Mile Club and goodr have partnered up to create a custom pair of sunglasses. For each pair sold, goodr will fund two kids in the 100 Mile Club program for one year. goodr’s CEO, Carl the Flamingo, summed it up best when he said, “Squaaaaaaawk!” An expert in Flamingo Linguistics (say that five times fast!) told us that means Carl is thrilled to contribute to the cause of getting kids outside, active, preventing obesity, and having fun! Learn more about flamingo linguistics here. Fund two kids for the year with your purchase here. About goodr Goodr is a running sunglasses brand founded on the belief that running is fun and your stories and gear should be too. Learn more about goodr here. About 100 Mile Club Now in over 4,708 schools (and counting), in all 50 states, the 100 Mile Club program creates events and milestones to motivate kids to work their way to 100 miles — running, jogging or walking  — in one school year. They often dance/bounce/parkour around the course, logging miles, which is what the 100 Mile Club calls to “run like a kid.” For reaching 100 in a school year, they earn a gold medal! Many kids log many MORE miles. Find out more about 100 Mile Club here.

Happy Holidays from 100 Mile Club®

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie The holiday season is upon us and we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped shape and grow 100 Mile Club® in 2017. It’s been quite a year for us all and it is time to take a moment and reflect on the lessons, blessings, and joys we have experienced this year! Taking time to acknowledge our treasures and fully connect with our families is so important, especially during the holiday season. It is for this reason that our offices will be closed from December 23-January 7. Our awesome team has worked hard to serve our schools and will take some much-needed time to refresh, reflect, renew their amazing spirits, and get ready for an even more amazing 2017. Coaches, If you plan on ordering incentives, supplies, or spirit wear the week of Dec 18, please be sure to provide an alternative address, your school holiday schedule, and any special notes on the order form. This information will help us to accurately time the shipping of your order. We hope that 2017 has been just as memorable for you and your students as it has been for us . We look forward to working with you in 2018 and in the years to come. When we think of all the benefits of working to combat childhood inactivity nationwide and helping our kids become healthy, happy, and more connected to their world, we quickly think of our relationships with incredible coaches and champions like you. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we truly TRULY love. We are honored to serve you each and every day and can’t wait to make 2018 the best year yet. Happy […]

100 Mile Club Celebrates 25 years of healthy, happy, connected kids!

100 Mile Club Kicks off “25 for 25” Anniversary Campaign Celebrating over one million kids running! NORCO, CA — October 5, 2017. 100 Mile Club, a national nonprofit organization, announced the launch of its “25 for 25” Anniversary Campaign, celebrating 25 years of reducing childhood obesity and inactivity and ensuring healthier lifestyles for over one million students in all 50 states. This year your $25 donation supports 25 years of dedication to youth and the national movement to make physical activity available in schools, empowering kids to achieve healthy lifestyles. “We are incredibly proud to kick off the 25th year of the 100 Mile Club by empowering anyone and everyone to become part of our mission,” said Kara Lubin, Founder and CEO of the 100 Mile Club. “Together,” Lubin adds, “We can make a significant and positive impact in our schools and communities…one mile at a time.” Anniversary celebrations also provide businesses with a range of benefits through their 25th Anniversary Community Partnership Opportunities with high visibility and advertising options customized to fit any business. A Community Partnership shows your company’s commitment to improving the lives of our nation’s youth. In honor of 25 years, community partners have begun stepping forward to support anniversary celebrations including; 7773 Foundation, TSI Uniforms, Diamond Wipes, Beacon Hill Office Plaza, A Cone Zone, Loza & Loza, True Blue Consulting, NCH Galleries, Corona Police Officers Association, Peabody Engineering, Juice Plus, DiGerolamo Family Insurance Services, Definitions Salon, CARSTAR Allstar Collision, T&V and Printing. About 100 Mile Club 100 Mile Club® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization engaging and empowering kids and families to achieve a healthy lifestyle through physical activity nationwide; preventing childhood inactivity and obesity, one child, one school, and one community at a time. 100 Mile Club receives lead support from New Balance Foundation. More information […]

Mutual Inspiration in the Copper Canyons | 100 Mile Club and Mas Korima Team Up to Make a Difference

Scottsdale, Arizona / San Isidro, CHIH / Norco CA  – Mas Korima, in a special collaboration with The 100 Mile Club, is excited to announce the introduction of ‘Inspiration Bites’, a heritage Pinole based athlete nutritional product. Proceeds from the sale of Inspiration Bites will support the young runners of the Copper Canyons of Mexico and the Ultra Caballo Blanco Caballitos events. For generations before Chris McDougall wrote his bestselling novel Born to Run and introduced the world to the extraordinary endurance running abilities of our Tarahumara (Raramuri) friends, Pinole has been their nutritional energy of choice. For athletes, young and old seeking a healthier nutrition option than all the chemically processed sugar based bars and snack foods to help energize their miles, ‘Inspiration Bites’ offer a truly all-natural, no preservative, real food solution. “I just can’t emphasize enough how thrilled we are to have partnered with the 100 Mile Club on this project.  We love everything about them and all they do.” says Mas Korima team member Michael Miller.  “For 25 years now, the 100 Mile Club has engaged and empowered young kids and their parents through physical activity.  Through a program that encourages young athletes to run, jog, or hike 100 miles during the school year, they teach life lessons, goal setting, determination and commitment to kids throughout the nation for generations now.  The 100 Mile Club also helps educate young runners on making overall healthy lifestyle and nutritional choices.  Providing a healthy, real food, nutritional option for performance athletes is our passion and what we do, so the partnership really gives us a perfect opportunity to help support all the good the Club does.”  Michael also shared “coming up with the ‘Inspiration Bites’ name was easy for us – because when we think of the 100 Mile Club, […]

Coach Kim Harvey and East Elementary: Raising the Bar in Texas

Written by Kim Harvey Submitted by 100 Mile Club® Program Specialist Karina Villaseñor I first encountered the 100 Mile Club when my own kids participated in their elementary school. The PE coach started the program and they loved to run. They were excited to participate in the morning running and even made it easier for them to get up in the mornings. As a middle school coach, I noticed how the endurance of our athletes were better at the beginning of the school and I believed it was due to them starting younger. I had the opportunity to move to East Elementary as the PE Coach. Even during the interview, I discussed how I would want to implement the 100 Mile Club. Our first year was 2015-2016. Our principal, Mrs. Wilbourn, was very supportive. Our first though third grade students would run on Fridays during PE class and then I offered morning running Tuesday-Thursdays at 7:00-7:20am. We averaged 20 students attending in the morning. At first, students were unsure and didn’t want to run. They became excited and motivated when they started receiving incentives for their accomplishments. After running, they were going to their teachers with smiles telling them how many miles they ran that day. Our goal was 10,000 miles and we exceeded our goal. Six students ran 100 miles and were recognized at the end of the year assembly. This ignited many students to achieve more the following school year. During the 2016-1017 year, we averaged 30-35 students attending morning run. During PE class, we had students running 3-5 miles each time they were given an opportunity to run. With the approval of Mrs. Wilbourn, we offered running events to include the parents and community. Family Appreciation Day. On Family Appreciation Day, we met at a local park where […]

Meet Your 100 Mile Club Program Specialists

The 100 Mile Club Programs Team never stop learning and finding ways to help our schools, teachers, and community members create 100 Mile Clubs that are effective, sustainable, and most of all…fun!  Though your Program Specialists primarily work in designated regions, any of our incredible and knowledgable team members can help you at any time. From a casual question to coordinating a district training to video or in-person mini-meetings, these experts are here to help you every step of the way.  Please meet your 2017-18 100 Mile Club® Regional Program Specialists.  B.J. Walker, National Programs Manager.  BJ has been with 100 Mile Club since 2007, when her own children signed up for the program. As a licensed, clinical social worker by degree, BJ’s kind, calm, wise, and ever-present style will set you at ease any time you need assistance, have questions, or need to rally your troops.  [email protected] | 951-340-2290   Sarah Kilcullen, Western Regional Program Specialist (WA, OR, CA, MT, ID, WY, NV, UT, CO, AZ, NM, ND, SD, NE, KS, AK, HI) Sarah joined the 100 Mile Club team in 2012 first as a volunteer, then a member of our ultra-endurance team, and now her passion is at work helping schools get up and running! Sarah’s quick wit and can-do attitude are a true asset for any school needing her expertise. Sarah is a go-getter! [email protected] | 951-340-2290   Karina Villaseñor, Southern Regional Program Specialist (OK, TX, AK, MI, LA, AL, TN, KY, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, MD, DE) Karina knows this program from the bottom to the top. She not only ran in 100 Mile Club as a student herself, she now has two children of her own in the program at their schools! Karina’s tenacity, enthusiasm, team spirit, and hard work will always guide you in the right direction!  […]