With 42 girls on the team, not every girl can be the #1 runner, but these two girls are my top 2 toughest runners on the team this season. This is Natalie and Izzy. They both dutifully did the running and hard intervals I asked them to do. More than that, they signed up for EVERY possible racing opportunity I made available for the team this season. These two are not only tough, but courageous racers!
Spring 2022 Season: March 7th-May 20th
|Eloise has been practicing her kick for two seasons and finally got a chance to put it to good use in her first cross country race ever. When she passed me with about 200 meters to go, I pointed out the girl in red who was ~25 meters ahead and told her to catch her with her kick and that's just what she did!|
The Run Club Menlo Park girls (42 this season representing 7 different schools) have completed 10 weeks of training (tons of intervals), two USA Track & Field Cross Country races - the highest level of competition that is available to girls this age, and our final 5K race of the season in Brisbane. In these three races, RCMP girls took 15 top 10 finishes including taking the top 5 places in the 5K not just in their age group, but for ALL female racers!
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. This past Fall 2021 season, we raced in Castro Valley and Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
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 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, Addison, Nativity School, and Peninsula School.
The program fee is $400 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 of "Girl Power" worth watching!
"We are so happy about Run Club. It has been great for Lucienne (4th Grade)
especially during these times with the pandemic."
After each set of intervals the girls completed, they would also write down something for which they were grateful.
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. Donations are tax-deductible.