High School


0.5 Credits
1 segment / 18 weeks
Digital Badge

This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners and offers a variety of training schedules for each. In addition to reviewing the fundamental principles of fitness, students learn about goals and motivation, levels of training, running mechanics, safety and injury prevention, appropriate attire, running in the elements, good nutrition and hydration, and effective cross-training. While this course focuses mainly on running for fun and fitness, it also briefly explores the realm of competitive racing. Students conduct fitness assessments and participate in weekly physical activity.

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Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.



Running Fitness Assessments and Analysis

Students will demonstrate an understanding of running fitness assessments and analysis by explaining the elements of a running fitness assessment, describing running fitness goals, and explaining running training plans.

Running Mechanics

Students will demonstrate an understanding of running mechanics by describing running principles, describing running techniques, explaining training zones, and describing exercise principles.

Running Safety and Equipment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of running safety and equipment by summarizing running safety rules, describing running in the elements, and comparing running equipment.

Running Culture

Students will demonstrate an understanding of running culture by explaining the benefits of running, describing speed training, and explaining competitive running.

Running Wellness

Students will demonstrate an understanding of running wellness by explaining dietary demands of runners and explaining benefits of cross-training.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1:

  • Unit 1: Getting Started
    • Fitness Assessment & Analysis
    • Getting Started
    • Training Plan
  • Unit 2: Running Mechanics
    • Exercise Principle Review
    • Running Principles & Technique
    • Training Zones
  • Unit 3: Safety & Equipment
    • Rules & Safety
    • Outdoor Elements
    • Equipment for Running
  • Unit 4: The Running Scene
    • Benefits of Running
    • Speed Training
    • Competitive Running
  • Unit 5: Total Wellness
    • Diet & Exercise
    • Cross Training


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