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Grand Views free, before school Run Club

Run Club starts on September 24th!

Everyone welcome : Mon, Weds, Friday 7:45am-8:05am on the grass field. 

Running for Fitness & Running for a Cause at Grand View

"Kids Helping Kids with Shoes that Fit and Socks that Rock" Program.
This program incorporates all 5 Manhattan Beach 
elementary school Run Clubs. Each child (TK-5th grade) that accumulates a marathon distance throughout the year (26 miles) earns the privilege of having a pair of Skechers shoes and Legends socks donated to a child in need in Lawndale or The Richstone Family Center. We will hang a "Pay It Forward" tag on the school fence to reflect the donation.  Each pair of shoes benefits 2 kids!



"Even 10 minutes of exercise, changes the chemistry of your brain". Helping our kids leave their "jiggles" on the field, lets them focus, retain and engage better once in class. Plus we are teaching them exercise is a fun and important part of their routine. Parents and caregivers are an important part of our Run Club community and welcome to come and walk, run, or scan cards as they go by!

Days:   Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time: 7:45 a.m.-8:05 a.m. (Start anytime in this window! Even 5 mins running is great!)
Runner ID Numbers: 2018-19 Runner ID Numbers
Free App to access your stats: Click here
Where: The lower grass field
Whats a mile?   7 laps
Who is eligible to run: All Gators welcome! Parents welcome & encouraged to run, too! 
Free prizes include  Popsicles every 5 miles, pedometer at 13 miles, Marathon bands
Run Club Frequently Asked Questions

When: 7:45 am to 8:05 am Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

Backpacks: Backpacks can be lined up on along the lower field or Kids can hang their backpacks outside classrooms, but please no knocking on classroom doors to chat with teachers, who may be preparing for their day.

Where: Lower grass field. Start line by the baseball backstop.

Who can run? All Grand View Gators. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to run or walk also! (Use it as your morning workout!)

What if it is wet? Wet shoes OK, Wet clothes not. If it is raining or rain looks imminent, run club will close for the day. We will send an email out at 7 a.m. to confirm no Run Club that day!

How does my child participate? Just show up. A personalized Run Club card is waiting for EVERY child at the field whether they run or not, grouped per grade, in a box with their teachers name on it.

How it works:

  • Each Run Club day, boxes (1 per class) will be lined up along the fence with cards.
  • Run cards contain students name, Run Club number, teacher and bar code.
  • After collecting their card from the box, kids stretch & running commences at 7:45 a.m.
  • As the runners complete a lap, they will pass by a parent with a digital scanner.
  • At 8:05 a.m., kids will replace their run cards into their class box.
  • Laps will be uploaded each run club day.
  • Kids will have access to their progress online by downloading the Stride Track Ap or going online
What if I lose my card?: “A learning opportunity” presents itself. It was most likely either filed in the wrong box. Please help your kids understand they are filing alphabetically and to look for the box with their teachers name on it. OR it was removed from the field by a runner. Cards must stay on the field and returned to boxes daily. We will store safely for you. We may not be able to count laps that day, depending on when and where it is determined lost.
A lost Run Club card card can be replaced. We can email you the card PDF, which you can print and laminate. Please leave all cards at Run Club to avoid this!

Milestones & Prizes


  • 5 miles (35 laps of the field) runners receive a special “Gator popsicle stick” to be traded in for a popsicle on Wednesday after school at the cafeteria window.
  • 13 miles or 1/2 marathon-Receive a Grand View pedometer
  • 26 Miles or full marathon- receive a special recognition band. Plus hang a tag on the baseball back stop to represent the pair of shoes that was donated in their name.
  • Spot Prizes . All you have to do is show up!

Contact Info: We would love your help with handing out popsicles, scanning, set up etc. Please email Ezra Holland if you can help or have any questions.

Questions? Email Ezra Holland


Run Club is proudly sponsored by Beach Cities Health District, Legends,  Rotary, and Skechers 

Grand View’s free, before school Run Club every Monday, Wednesday & Friday
7:45 a.m.-8:05 a.m.
About 100 Gator Runners

KIDS HELPING KIDS, with shoes that fit and socks that rock
Teaching our kids to pay it forward, impacting lives one pair of shoes at a time.

A Run Club card is pre printed for every child at the start of the year, and awaits you each Run Club day. 

Run, walk, skip, bring a friend, bring a parent, run once a month or every Run Club day. A fun, non competitive, safe, supportive environment, teaching our kids that exercise is an important part of our everyday life. Multiple studies have shown that cardio exercise in the morning promotes better focus, mood, engagement and academic performance in class!

As our kids miles accumulate, and complete their 1st marathon distance, we will donate a pair of shoes in their name to a sister school in Lawndale though the non profit called “Shoes that Fit”.  Please support our amazing sponsors when you can:Legends SocksKinecta, Skechers, Skywatch,  Tempest Free Running Academy, Rotary, Bay Club and BCHD.

“Exercise is the single most powerful tool you have to optimize your brain function, and even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain,” according to a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.