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Get Super Fit With Kids Run RVA!

Super Fit Challenge Participant, Regan Underhill-Thomas

This spring, kids from all over the Richmond region (and beyond!) are getting their workout on with Kids Run RVA through the first-ever Super Fit Challenge! Over 400 kids are registered and have received their #SuperFit activity logs. Each week, they are challenged to do six different activities – one from each of the following categories:

  • Kids Run Activity: A fun, theme-based activity to complete on your own or with your family or run club!
  • Brain Break University: Give your brain a break as you follow along with these 3-5 minute videos, led by college athletes!
  • Workout Wednesday Club: Have fun with this 45-minute, theme-based workout on Zoom!
  • Fit4Kids Healthy Habits Challenge: A challenge to take your fitness journey beyond physical activity and learn healthy habits!
  • Moving Minutes: A time-based challenge to help you build your cardio endurance!
  • Super Fit Activity: A challenge to help you build those muscles!

Brain Break University video with VUU College Athletes

As participants complete their activities, they color in a letter of the word of the week so they can track their progress each week. After completing four full weeks of the challenge, the kids earn a Super Fit t-shirt! If they successfully complete eight weeks, they are entered to win one of the Super Fit prize packs!

Brain Break University video with R-MC Mens Basketball

This program would not be possible without the partners who are contributing content that the kids can get moving to and learn from. Five universities in the state – Virginia Union University, University of Richmond, Randolph-Macon College, James Madison University, and Virginia Commonwealth University – have student-athletes that are creating Brain Break videos for the kids. Greater Richmond Fit4Kids provides the weekly Healthy Habits Challenge and has collaborated with Kids Run RVA to create a library of exercise GIFs the kids can access when they aren’t sure how to do a particular exercise. Moreover, there are all of the schools that created teams and rallied their students to take part in the challenge!

Luck of the Irish Workout Wednesday Club

There are students from Amelia, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond Public Schools participating along with students from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and Saint Mary’s Catholic School. Last, but not least, Kids Run RVA Coaches and Fitness Warriors Group Fitness Instructors are volunteering their time and expertise to create engaging Workout Wednesday Club experiences every week.

March Madness Workout Wednesday Club

As much as we love the partners and volunteers that are making this all possible, there’s one thing we love even more: the kids who are taking on the Super Fit Challenge! Each week we gather on Zoom for the Workout Wednesday Club. We have created group traditions like our Super Fit chant and a post-class group picture while the kids show their best muscle poses and silly faces. It is those moments when you know it is more than just fitness we are achieving through this program. We are giving kids a place to belong, a way to connect with others, and a time where they can leave all their worries behind and just be kids.

At Sports Backers, we know the many benefits of physical activity. We also know how physical activity can bring people together. As we have all struggled to adapt to the changes that have had to happen over the last year to keep us all safe during the pandemic, the little ones in our lives have been doing their best to adapt too. Kids Run RVA strives to be a bright light in their lives and hopes to provide a sense of normalcy until things can really get back to normal. And when we see their smiling faces pop up on the screen, read their commentary in the chat, and unmute to do the Super Fit chant, we know we have achieved those goals for another week.


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