This week we finished ACHDUS Runners, a fall and spring running program for girls in grades 3-5. I had hopes that the girls would be able to run 3 miles by the end, similarly to Girls on the Run programs, but I’ll be honest–I had my doubts. Three miles for girls that couldn’t even run 1? Not likely.

What transpired blew me away. By last Wednesday, the girls competed in a Battle of the Grades, where we divided them up by grades and tracked how many miles each girl ran. We then averaged the amounts for each grade. The results couldn’t have made me prouder:

  • 5th Grade: 3 miles
  • 4th Grade: 2.5 miles
  • 3rd Grade: 2 miles

Within these averages, there were plenty of 3rd graders who ran 3 miles that day.

And on Sunday, the day of our last practice, nearly every girl beat her best mile time.

The program took a tremendous amount of work, and considering all the elementary running programs out there, we would have loved to find a ready-made one. I relied on a number of resources, including but not limited to: the New York Road Runners Youth Running Program, Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Chai Runners, Kids Running, Runners World, Girls on the Run, Kids Run the Nation and LIVESTRONG.

I’m attaching our ACHDUS Runners program and ACHDUS Runners program spring here, with the hope that we can at least save somebody the time I spent!

9 thoughts on “Getting girls moving

  1. p.s. just looked through the programs – so generous of you to share these; they are amazing. You are awesome.

  2. Hi Wendy! Just read this and took a look at your program, which is great and so nice to share with others! We would be happy to share this on our Run Farther & Faster FB page and give you a mention, but to do so, we just need you to credit and/or cite to New York Road Runners “A Running Start,” (, where appropriate, as it’s the original source of many of the drills and activities mentioned in your program. Once you do, let me know, and I’ll do a mention for you on our page. Thanks! xo-Julie

  3. I love that you do this. What an inspiration. I wonder living in Beitar how I can do something like this.

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