STRIDE is a fun fitness and running program for boys in grades 3 through 5. Boys have the chance to share their thoughts and opinions about various life topics in a safe, encouraging environment that helps them develop character, while building their running endurance to compete in a 5K.

Success + Teamwork + Respect + Inspiration + Determination = Excellence in Character

The STRIDE Mission

We encourage boys to exhibit excellence in character in all aspects of their lives, make healthy choices, and build confidence by leading them through a curriculum that incorporates fun activities and running.

Our Vision

  • To provide a high quality program for all boys in 3rd through 5th grade where the focus is on fun and fitness.
  • To increase the confidence of participants by helping them feel good about themselves and their abilities.
  • To create an opportunity to share information about various topics to help them reach a “whole person” excellence by being better individuals, students, team members, athletes and members of their community.
  • To provide a valuable experience for our coaches with a program that will improve their lives and the lives of the participant.
  • To improve the participants fitness level, by training and preparing them to complete a 5K.

How STRIDE Works

We hold sessions two times a week for a total of 10 weeks. The sessions are right after school and last for 75 minutes. Each session includes a lesson/discussion and a running workout. At the end of 10 weeks, the boys will run in a 5K race to demonstrate the endurance they have gained.

Interactive Sessions with Discussion and Application

Your son will develop strength of character by participating in interactive and comfortable discussion groups with our trained coaches. These boys learn to work with, understand, and encourage each other rather than compete. If your main goal is to have your boy challenge himself, then STRIDE can help.

Boosting Confidence by Completing the 5K

Does your son struggle with self-confidence? When your son trains and completes the 5K hosted by STRIDE, he will realize his innate ability to accomplish hard things. We encourage each boy to focus on performing at his personal best and not competing with the others around him.

Discussion Topics That Change Lives

The coaches introduce the topic and give the boys the opportunity to talk with each other about the challenges they face each day. The coaches’ job is to help the boys recognize their own strength by incorporating each topic into the running workout and rewarding each boy at the end of each session. Our coaches cover the following topics:

  • Character Counts
  • The Good Friend
  • Working with a Team
  • Bullying
  • Eating Healthy
  • Shoot for Your Goals
  • Make a Difference in Action
  • And many more

Participating YMCA Locations

Register for STRIDE Fall 2016 Season

The STRIDE program fee is $136. This fee includes:

  • Twenty 75 minute sessions conducted by certified STRIDE coaches
  • STRIDE t-shirt & cinch bag*
  • Water bottle* & snacks
  • End of season certificates and awards
  • Entry into season ending run & finisher’s medal

*Please Note: Cinch bag and Water Bottle will be shipped directly to the participant’s household.

Standard Registration

Standard Registration runs from August 3rd to September 18th for $130 + $6 Shipping Fee

Late Registration

Late Registration runs from 19th to September 25th for $144 + $6 Shipping Fee

Online Registration

You can now register your son for STRIDE using our online registration system. Click the blue button on the right side of the page, and select your school from the list of available sites. Then, create an account to complete registration.

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Interested in having STRIDE at your school? Contact us for details.

Interested in becoming a STRIDE coach? Contact us here for details.