Spring Season 2023 is underway and we've had some cold & wet days early this season. Coach Scott has 74 girls and 38 boys from 14 schools on the team (Encinal, Oak Knoll, Laurel, Hillview, Addison, Peninsula, Nativity, Phillips Brooks, Adelante Selby, Sacred Heart, Redeemer Lutheran, Sand Hill, Nixon, and Cornerstone). We'll be looking forward to racing the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K on May 21st at Hillview Middle School. Please come join us: Race Registration
2nd graders on the Run Club team have been doing very well. Lucy (above) ran as 7 year old on our 8 & Unders team as one of our top 3 runners that secured Run Club Menlo Park's first ever meet championship at the Run Club Invitational on November 13th. See her kicking in to the finish for 5th place overall!
Raphi (below) had 3 top 10 finishes in USATF cross-country races last season and performed Run Club's best ever hill pass in club history!
Run Club Menlo Park is a running program for girls (and now boys too!) in 2nd*-8th grades. While our program is non-competitive and we have runners of all levels from first-time beginners to advanced level runners, we are a serious running program for all girls and boys.
*Please see our About RCMP page for more info on 2nd graders and even younger runners: Click Here.
The First Rule of Run Club: Have Fun! The way to keep kids running is to keep running fun. While we are having fun running, we also teach serious running techniques such as pace, form, endurance, and speed. We weave running games into our workouts (Clue Relay, Sharks & Minnows, Chaos Tag, and more) and include a social-emotional lesson/theme at every practice. This past season, we covered topics such as Teamwork, Respect, Compromise, Empathy, Cooperation, Introspection, Gratitude, Positive Competition, Burden vs. Opportunity, and many more. Is it really that fun? On average over the past three seasons, 89% of runners have returned to run the next season.
We train for 10 weeks (twice a week) and complete a practice 5K and a final 5K. Run Club Menlo Park is also an official USA Track & Field youth running club and there are opportunities through the club to participate in local, regional, and even national competitions. In our Spring and Fall 2022 seasons, we raced in Hayward (XC), Santa Cruz (XC), Oakland (Track), Brisbane (5K), and Menlo Park (XC & 5K).
RCMP has two 10-week seasons, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Fall Season starts at the end of August and Spring Season starts in the beginning of March. Practices are held at the Encinal Elementary school track & field.
Practices are held on weekdays (3:15-4:45) immediately after the Encinal school day ends (Girls Tue/Fri, Boys Mon/Wed). Hillview, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and other schools students may arrive by 3:30. This past season we had kids running from Encinal, Oak Knoll, Laurel, Hillview, Nativity School, Peninsula School, Phillips Brooks School, La Entrada, and Addison.
• 20 Practices (10 weeks) Including Lesson Materials + 1 Weekend Hill Practice
• A Running Journal
• Occasional Practice Goodies (e.g. lap counters/bracelets/pins/stickers)
• Practice 5K & Season End Final 5K (including race fees)
• Snack & Drink at end of Each Practice
• End of Season T-Shirt
• Coaching Hours at Races
• New First-Time Runners Receive an Aluminum Run Club Water Bottle
• May Include USATF Cross-Country/Track Racing Opportunities
• May Also Include USATF Competition Entry Fees (Fall 2022 Season included 4 USATF meets)
• Thanks to Fleet Feet Menlo Park - Running shoe discounts and racing (cinch) bag.
• Does not include USATF Youth Membership (~$26.50)
Cost: $550 (RCMP is the least expensive MPCSD after-school program - see our About RCMP page for details: Click Here)
Scott Paterson is the Founder and Head Coach of RCMP, is a parent of a 14 year old girl at Menlo-Atherton high school (freshman girls volleyball team), and has been a Menlo Park resident since 1996.
Coach Scott was a New York State High School Cross-Country Champion (1984) and has set numerous cross-country high school course records across New England including the famed Boston Franklin Park Course record (1985). He was recruited by Vin Lananna (2016 US Olympic Track & Field Head Coach & current President of USA Track & Field) to run for Dartmouth College (NCAA Division I) and ran varsity cross-country and track with a 4:14 best time for the mile and 52:19 for 10 miles (1986-90).
Scott also coached his daughter's middle-school volleyball team (1st place regular season 6th & 8th grades) and is the Founder & CEO of Poverty2Prosperity.org, a non-profit that has funded over 25,000 zero-percent interest loans to the working poor around the world since 2008 with a 99% repayment rate.
My daughters (7th Graders) have run with Coach Scott for the past 8 seasons and
went from non-runners to experienced runners who learned about pacing,
stretching, training, form, breathing, and teamwork. Best of all, this is a
low-key, non-competitive environment where participants improve together, make
new friends, and learn how to be better friends through the season, or seasons!
This is such a fun activity that supports health, independence, and
Coach Scott has an unbelievable gift for getting girls excited about running. My
daughter had never run before and now loves running and especially competing and
can't wait to do Run Club again in the Spring. He seems to know just how much
to push them to make it challenging but also so much fun. He also has an
amazing ability to make every girl feel important and valued. His dedication
and just love for the sport is so obvious to everyone. I am so grateful to have
found this club and experience for my daughter; I only wish we had known about
it sooner. Scott is a truly special human being and coach and I am so grateful
my daughter had a chance to learn from him.
-5th Grader Parent
I love the "Be a Good Friend" practice theme. We initially joined Run Club due
to the social emotional component and health benefits of running. We stayed for
the amazing coaching. I am so glad you have kept to your roots of training the
whole athlete, including the spirit and mind!
Coach Scott makes running fun for the girls, incorporating social-emotional
learning while challenging them, making each girl feel they're an important part
of the club. I recommend Run Club to all parents I talk with - even (and maybe
especially for) the girls that think they don’t like running!
This parent let me know that their third grade daughter had said they would not do any races at all at the beginning of her first season. She was running so well at practice, she was one of 11 girls out of 62 that I took to an early race. She is one of only three Run Club girls to place in the top 10 of a USATF Cross-Country race in their very first race. She drew this at home (found by her mom) later that day.
Additional Fun Feedback from Parents!
After each set of intervals/laps, the girls would also write down something for which they are grateful or ask a teammate a question to learn more about them.
The Run Club Menlo Park girls have had a lot of fun while training for 10 weeks and have an accomplished Cross-Country, Track, and Road Racing results record over 10 seasons. 58 girls from 8 different schools (Encinal, Oak Knoll, Laurel, Hillview, Peninsula School, Nativity School, Phillips Brooks School, and Addison) just finished the Fall 2023 season. To get a glimpse of our running program and accomplishments, check out this short 4.5 minute video - Joyful "Girl Power" at its best!
Thanks to the Nate Lipscomb Memorial Scholarship fund, Run Club is able to provide financial aid to those runners who otherwise could not afford to participate in this program. Runners with financial needs can still run and race to their full potential as the scholarship funds extend to cover their travel costs should they qualify for regional and even national competitions.
Thanks to this fund, we are also able to express our deep gratitude for our MPCSD teachers and administration by providing an automatic 50% scholarship for their children who participate in the program. Run Club Menlo Park supports our teachers and administration!
Nate Lipscomb, who passed away in 2022 of a sudden heart attack, was a Menlo Park resident since 2007, father of two MPCSD students (Jackson & Mateo), and husband (Rosie). Nate was also an accomplished lawyer at YouTube who was widely respected. Nate took care of his family and those around him with dedication, love, humor, and respect - many of the same themes and values we teach at Run Club practices. Nate leaves a legacy of deep caring for everyone around him and through this scholarship fund for many future runners including his son, Mateo, who currently runs for Run Club's very first boys team.
We are a federally recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation. We also accept donations which help us fund our running program. Donations are tax-deductible.