|The Run Club Menlo Park girls (41 this season) have completed 6 weeks of training with a ton of interval workouts! Many are doing a 5K+ at every practice as they head into November racing with their first timed 5K on November 1st! USA Track & Field cross-country races on the 7th, 13th, and 21st, a final 5K road race, and even regional Junior Olympics. If any of them happen to run well enough, the youth nationals meet is the first week of December!|
Run Club Menlo Park is a running program for girls in 3rd-7th 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.
The First Rule of Run Club: Have Fun! The way to keep girls 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.
We train for 10 weeks (twice a week) and complete a practice 5K and a final 5K (Fall 2021: Brisbane Turkey Trot). 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. We plan on running local USA Track & Field cross-country races this fall (Oakland, San Francisco CA, & Folsom CA).
RCMP has two 10-week seasons, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Fall season
starts mid-September and Spring the beginning of March. Practices are held
at the Encinal Elementary school track & field.
Practices are usually on Monday and Friday afternoons (3:15-4:45) immediately after the Encinal school day ends. Hillview and other schools students may arrive by 3:30. This season we have girls running from Encinal, Oak Knoll, Laurel, Hillview, Nativity School, and Peninsula School.
The program fee is $350 and includes:
Scott Paterson, Founder and Head Coach of RCMP, is a parent of a 13 year old girl himself
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 Lanana (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 52:15 for 10 miles (1986-90).
Scott also coaches his daughter's middle-school volleyball team (8th grade inter-city league), runs the Encinal Garden Program, 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 with a 99.45% repayment rate since 2008 when it began.
RCMP girls have had a lot of fun learning how to run and have an accomplished 5K results record. To get a glimpse of our season and running, check out this short 4 minute video - This is truly a very joyful 4 minutes worth watching!
"We are so happy about Run Club. It has been great for Lucienne (4th Grade)
especially during these times with the pandemic."
We are a registered, federally recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation. The program fee covers our program costs and includes a small donation to help us provide financial aid to girls who otherwise could not afford our program. We also accept donations which are tax-deductible.