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Play Every Day Blog > Posts > Running Jamborees are a great way to get out and play!
 

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September 12
Running Jamborees are a great way to get out and play!
Have you ever seen hundreds of kids warming up alongside Olympic athletes, and then taking off in onJamboree photo from ASD.jpge mad dash through Anchorage’s trails?
 
Get ready for the Anchorage Cross Country Running Jamborees that are happening all over this city in September.
 
The annual elementary school running event started almost 30 years ago by Mike Allan, a physical education teacher at Baxter Elementary in the Anchorage School District (ASD). The event has expanded over the years throughout the city. Today, there are three, free running Jamborees in north Anchorage, south Anchorage, and Eagle River. Many schools help their students get ready for the fun runs by organizing after-school running clubs. These clubs help kids build endurance and confidence by running around the schools and playing physical activity games.
 
The ASD Health and Physical Education (PE) Department partners with the Healthy Futures program, Play Every Day, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, local athletes and Olympians, and others to organize the Jamborees that will attract almost 5,000 Anchorage kids across the city, said Melanie Sutton, curriculum coordinator for ASD’s Health and PE Department. Elementary students will run different distances, depending on their ages. The race course length ranges from about ½ mile to 1 mile. All kids will receive medals when they reach the finish line.
 
"The Jamborees are an excellent opportunity for children to be introduced to organized running in a healthy environment that does not emphasize winning," said Harlow Robinson, executive director of Healthy Futures. "The last child to finish is celebrated the same as the first."
 
Look for other physical activity events and fun runs for families on the Healthy Futures calendar. Another fall tradition in Anchorage is the Tuesday Night Races series that started last week and will happen every Tuesday through Nov. 1.
 
Here are the dates, times and locations for the upcoming Anchorage Cross Country Running Jamborees:
 
• South Anchorage Jamboree — Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at 10 a.m., with a walk-through of the race course beginning 30 minutes prior to the race start. The Jamboree will be held at the trails near Service High School.
 
ASD teachers coordinating the South Jamboree: Michel Woods, Abbott Loop PE teacher; Nick Leiser, Trailside PE teacher; and Deb Clayton, Abbott Loop classroom teacher
 

• Beach Lake (Eagle River) Jamboree — Thursday, Sept. 22, starting at 5:30 p.m., with a walk-through of the race course beginning 30 minutes prior to the race start. The Jamboree will be held at the Chugiak High School soccer fields and trails. 

ASD teachers coordinating the Beach Lake Jamboree: Caela Nielsen, Ravenwood PE teacher, and Chris Ruggles, Eagle River Elementary PE teacher

• North Anchorage Jamboree — Tuesday, Sept. 27, starting at 5:30 p.m., with a walk-through of the race course beginning 30 minutes prior to the race start. The Jamboree will be held at the trails near Bartlett High School.
 
ASD teachers coordinating the North Jamboree: Ben Elbow and Jill Singleton, both Rogers Park PE teachers
 
Parents are encouraged to pre-register their children for the Jamborees at their schools. All children must have a signed waiver before participating in the event. Ask your child’s physical education teacher for more information about the Jamboree in your area.
 
Photograph courtesy of the Anchorage  School District