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Spring 2022 Season: March 8th-May 22nd
Season Race Schedule:
April 23rd - Practice Timed 1500 Meters - Encinal
May 6th - Practice 5K - Encinal
May 15th - USAT&F Meet 1500m - Oakland CA
May 22nd - Schoolhouse Rocks 5K - Menlo Park CA

See FAQ about Fall 2022 Boys Run Club Team: Click Here.

Get a Glimpse of Our Season and Accomplishments

The Run Club Menlo Park 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 of "Girl Power" worth watching!

Run Club Spring Season 2022 is Underway!!

46 girls from SEVEN different schools (Encinal, Oak Knoll, Laurel, Hillview, Peninsula School, Nativity School, and Addison) are now training for 10 weeks to run the 1500 meters on the track and the 5K on the roads!

This video is at Week 8 of Spring training! They are ready to race!

Last Fall Season, our girls took 13 top 10 finishes in USATF Cross-Country races including taking the top 5 places in the 5K not just for their age group, but for ALL female racers!

Run Club Menlo Park (RCMP)

Run Club Menlo Park is a running program for girls in 3rd-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. (see FAQ about boys program: Click Here)

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. 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 (Fall 2021: Brisbane Turkey Trot for Charity). 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. This past Fall 2021 season, we raced in Castro Valley and Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This Spring 2022 season will have us training for a track meet in Oakland and a 5K run on the roads.

Season and Program Details

RCMP has two 10-week seasons, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Fall season starts mid-September and Spring starts the beginning of March. Practices are held at the Encinal Elementary school track & field.

Practices are held on Tuesday 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, Peninsula School, Addison, and St. Raymond's.

The program fee is $500 and includes:
• 20 Practices (10 weeks) Including Lesson Materials
• A Kid's 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
• New First-Time Runners Receive an Aluminum Run Club Water Bottle
• May Include USATF Track Racing Opportunities
• May Also Include USATF Competition Entry Fees (Fall Season included 2 USATF races)
• Thanks to Fleet Feet Menlo Park - Running shoe discounts and welcome kits

Head Coach: Scott Paterson

Scott Paterson, Founder and Head Coach of RCMP, is a parent of a 13 year old girl at Hillview 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 52:15 for 10 miles (1986-90).

Scott also coaches his daughter's middle-school volleyball team (1st place regular season 6th & 8th grades), runs the Encinal Elementary School 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 since 2008 with a 99.45% repayment rate.

What Parents Say About Run Club

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 community.
-Sarah W.

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!
-Danita G.

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

Additional Fun Feedback from Parents!

Social-Emotional Theme at Every Practice

Practice #14 Fall 2021: Gratitude | Practice #3 Spring 2022: Friendship

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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.

We Are A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

We are a federally recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation. The program fee covers our program costs. We have a 100% volunteer staff (including coaches)! We also accept donations which help us to provide partial and full scholarships to girls who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in our program. MPCSD teachers and administration children also receive an automatic 50% scholarship to participate because we appreciate and support teachers and staff very much! Donations are tax-deductible.