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Fall Season is ON! 10th Season for Girls Team - 1st Season for Boys Team

Coach Scott has 96 runners from 10 different schools (Encinal, Oak Knoll, Laurel, Hillview, Addison, Peninsula, Nativity, Philip Brooks, Touchstone Learning, Girls Middle School, and La Entrada) for this Fall's Cross-Country season! They are training for 10 weeks and will run in three USA Track & Field Youth Cross-Country races and an end of season turkey trot 5K!

Tentative Race Schedule:
October 23rd USATF Cross-Country Race, Menlo Park
October 30th USATF Cross-Country Race, Santa Cruz
November 13th USATF Cross-Country Race, Menlo Park
November 19th Turkey Trot 5K, Burlingame

Run Club Featured Runner Sep/Oct 2022 - Max C.

Run Club's first ever 100 Mile Club runner! Pictured is Max (7th Grade) who trained with Coach Scott last Spring during Hillview's 6 week track program. Over the off-season Summer, max trained on his own and completed 100 miles of running to become the first recipient of the Run Club 100 Mile Club award. In the Winter/Summer off-seasons, Elementary school age runners have the opportunity to join the 50 Mile Club and middle school runners can join the 100 Mile Club. This off-season running forms the foundation for a great start to a successful running season in the Fall (Cross-Country) or Spring (Track). Congratulations, Max!!

Run Club Menlo Park (RCMP)

Run Club Menlo Park is a running program for girls (and now boys too!) 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 and boys.

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. This past Fall 2021-22 season, we raced in Castro Valley (XC), Golden Gate Park (XC), Oakland (Track), Brisbane (5K), and Menlo Park (5K). This Fall season, we will be racing in Menlo Park (XC), Santa Cruz (XC), and Brisbane (5K).

Season and Program Details

RCMP has two 10-week seasons, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Fall season starts in September and Spring starts in 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 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, Philip Brooks, Touchstone, La Entrada, and Addison.

Program Details:
• 20 Practices (10 weeks) Including Lesson Materials
• 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
• New First-Time Runners Receive an Aluminum Run Club Water Bottle
• May Include USATF Cross-Country Racing Opportunities
• May Also Include USATF Competition Entry Fees (Fall 2021 Season included 2 USATF meets)
• Thanks to Fleet Feet Menlo Park - Running shoe discounts and free racing socks

Cost: $500 (RCMP is the least expensive MPCSD after-school program - see FAQ for details: Click Here)

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 52:19 for 10 miles (1986-90).

Scott also coached 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% 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.

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 Cross-Country, Track, and Road Racing results record. 46 girls from 7 different schools (Encinal, Oak Knoll, Laurel, Hillview, Peninsula School, Nativity School, and Addison) just finished the Spring 2022 season: 73 races, 46 new personal records, and 17 top 10 finishes in the 1500 meters at the USA Track & Field Youth Meet at Laney College, Oakland and the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K in Menlo Park. To get a glimpse of our season and running, check out this short 4+ minute video - Joyful "Girl Power" at its best!

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.

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