Let's Run for Fun!

Running Club is a non-competitive group of students who voluntarily gather before school to run or walk and work toward their personal mileage goals.  The club is open to all grades.  Running Club objectives include fostering self-confidence, improving health, and having a great time!  We hope to see you there!


Fridays 7:35 - 7:50 am
Just drop in.  No pre-registration is necessary.


JPTA Schoolyard


There are no fees.  Participation in Running Club is free!  

How Does it Work?

Guardian volunteers set up a 1/8-mile loop with cones around the schoolyard.  As a student completes a lap, s/he receives a Running Club stick from a volunteer.  Students complete as many laps as possible during the allotted time, approximately 15 minutes.  Students may either run or walk but must stay outside of the cones.  

A guardian volunteer will announce when Running Club time is over.  Students must complete all laps before 7:50 am.  Students will not be allowed to complete any laps that they are currently running or walking when the parent volunteer on duty calls out that the session has ended.  Volunteers will try to give students time warnings as 7:50 am approaches.

Students turn in their sticks to a volunteer at the completion of the session.  Volunteers will keep a running total throughout the year for each participant.

Students will earn badges called "toe tokens," which are small, colorful foot-shaped key-ring tags, for cumulative mileage goals reached. 

Other Information

Guardians are welcome to run or walk with JPTA students during Running Club, and siblings are allowed if a guardian is present and volunteers deem it safe for them to run.  However, only JPTA students will collect sticks and earn toe tokens.

Unfortunately, in the case of a lost or dropped stick, replacement sticks cannot be given unless turned in by another student.

In the case of inclement weather, Running Club will be cancelled.  If you are unsure of the weather conditions, come by the schoolyard and see if the cones are set up.  If they are not set up, Running Club has been cancelled.  Enjoy being early to school.

Please Volunteer with Us!

Guardian involvement is crucial for the success of Running Club, and we need you!  Please drop in on Friday mornings or contact Stephanie Haan-Amato at haan_amato@yahoo.com to become one of our wonderful volunteers.


Please talk with one of our organizing parents, Stephanie Haan-Amato (haan_amato@yahoo.com), Amy Collins, or Cindy Settles.


2017-18 T-Shirt Design Contest

We are excited to announce the 2017-2018 Running Club t-shirt design contest!  JPTA students will be able to purchase Running Club t-shirts to wear on Fridays in lieu of a JPTA t-shirt or uniform shirt, and they will feature a student design.

Running Club t-shirts will have the winning student on the front and mileage goal checkboxes on the back.

Design Guidelines

  • Hand drawn in black and white
  • 8.5 x 11-inch paper
  • Include the words "JPTA Running Club"
  • Capture the spirit of Running Club and JPTA
  • Neat and attractive

Design Submission & Deadline

Designs are due by September 6.

One design per student may be submitted.  Please submit entries to a Running Club Volunteer on Wednesday mornings during token awards in each classroom or on Friday mornings at Running Club in the school yard.

Students may work together on designs and submit a design with as many artists' names as desired.

Design Judging

Student names will be masked on the designs before judging, ensuring anonymity.  Judges will score each design using a rubric containing the design guidelines above.  Designs will first be judged by Running Club Volunteers.  The top 10 designs will also then be judged by three teachers.  The design with the highest score will be featured on this year's Running Club t-shirt.

T-Shirt Information

T-shirts will be available for pre-order shortly after the design contest submission deadline.  Shirts will be sold for $11, and seven color choices will be available.  Once available, t-shirt order forms will be sent home with interested students, a stack will be placed in the document holder in the front office, and a link will also be posted on this website.

Running Club 2016-17 T-Shirt Design Contest Winner, Sofia Amato, 3rd Grade