Helping Kids Find their Pace & Win Their Race

Why your child should run:

Running is scientifically proven to make children physically, mentally and emotionally stronger. Through team running, children begin to set and achieve goals while learning the importance of sportsmanship. Studies have shown that children who run outdoors experience reduced levels of stress and anxiety and gain focus and concentration in their everyday lives.

In a time where screens take center stage it is more critical than ever to get our children outside, breathing fresh air and running!

Exposing our kids to a healthy lifestyle and the joy and freedom of running at a young age can set the tone for a lifetime of physical and mental wellness.

Most importantly, it’s super fun!

Why Your Child Should Run With The Kicks?

THE TRAINING

With varied focuses on endurance, speed and power, your child will become stronger and faster all while having fun! KKRC training is designed to gently guide your child to become the best runner they can be and eventually, run races! Our training is group focused and the goal of our “races” is never to win, only to finish strong and be proud of our accomplishments.

THE TEAM

Wearing team shirts to school on practice days, celebrating birthdays and holidays together, running races and bonding in a way that only teammates can do. The Kicks train together, laugh together and achieve together. Being a member of The Kicks boosts self-confidence, listening skills, empathy and compassion.

THE COACHES

The most fun-loving run-loving coaches around! You won’t find our coaches posted up on a bench watching your kids run, they will be running and playing alongside them! Each Kicks Coach is an expert runner with years of race and training experience under their belt. Have your runner ask their coach which race they are currently training for!

THE (RACE)-ULTS

Your child will run races. Let me say that again, your child WILL run races! One milers, 5k’s and sometimes further. Distances vary with age, but every “race” is special and memorable! It may be hard to imagine now, but one day, your little athlete will collect race medals like some kids collect Pokemon cards!

The Kennebec Kicks Run Club Story

Told by our Founder and Head Coach

When I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter, the unthinkable happened. My kind, beautiful and athletic husband passed away unexpectedly. My whole world was changed in a blink of an eye. I focused on our unborn baby and my career to keep from having to feel the pain of our loss. Once our daughter was born, I was overwhelmed by love. As she grew, I felt that talking about her father wasn’t enough. I needed to give her a sense of who he was and share experiences of what he and I loved doing together. So we ran. Well technically, I ran. I pushed her in strollers, brought her to races, let her wear my medals and shared photos and stories of her Daddy and I running together before she was born. I never intended on her becoming a runner, I only wanted to share in something that was special to her father and I and helped me feel connected to him in the years following his passing.

While my daughter grew, I began to train hard and race often. I ran dozens of half and full marathons and competed in triathlons and distance relays. Every mile of every race reminded me that I was a fighter and that I could survive the terrible tragedy of losing my best friend and husband. Running and training reminded me that I was stronger than I’d realized and that I wouldn’t allow myself or my daughter to become a victim of circumstance. Instead, I tried to focus on the love given to us by my husband in heaven, our friends and family and our community to push forward and live the best life possible.

All the while, our daughter watched. Until one day, at 5 years old, she asked if she could join me for a run. I remember feeling chills from head to toe and trying to contain my excitement. I took her into Central Park and we ran little bursts from street signs, walked, jog, sprinted, talked and shared. This became our little bonding activity and before long, she asked if I could enter her into a race. I obliged and found some local short distance kid sprints and signed her up. I ran alongside her for the little dashes and was elated to see the thrill she would get from running amongst her peers. Running the dashes alone weren’t enough, she wanted a run club with a team she could train and race with. Thus, our run club was born.

A few kids became a few more and before long, we knew we had something special. Our little club grew organically within our community and The Kennebec Kicks Run Club was born! “Kennebec” is the name of the river that my husband and I met on and is also the middle name of our daughter, for whom this club is named.

I still train and race on my own, but my greatest love is running and racing with my daughter and the “Kicks” runners. Being able to watch our teams develop into runners, overcome obstacles and cross finish lines is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The sense of pride and accomplishment that each Kicks runner feels at the end of a race is priceless. I feel so grateful to help coach and guide children in their running journey. My hope is that our runners develop a love for this great sport and discover that they too, are much stronger than they realized. Let’s go Kicks!

Smiles & Miles,
Shane “Moach” Myers

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Create Your Own Group!

Let us know if you’d like to book a session for your child and their friends / community / scout troop / learning pod/ homeschool group etc! If you have a group of 6 or more you can request a day, time and location and our coach will come to you!