ADVENTURE RUNNING KIDS

APRIL 1 UPDATE

With the announcement of another Provincial shutdown, our In Person program (starting in most locations next week) will not be able to run as planned. Adventure Running Kids will run as a virtual program until current restrictions are lifted. Program dates below will be updated soon.

ADVENTURE RUNNING KIDS® is a 10 week adventure running program that runs in the Fall and Spring for kids aged 6 and up that builds stronger, faster and smarter runners and an appreciation of the environment. 

 

ADVENTURE RUNNING KIDS® combines trail running, navigation, cross country running and obstacles into a fun and muddy eco-adventure that also teaches problem solving skills that are valuable in training, racing and life.

The 10-week adventure culminates with a fun weeknight adventure running race and the weekend ARK FEST where kids get to meet participants from ARK locations throughout the Golden Horseshoe.

ADVENTURE RUNNING KIDS® runs in multiple locations in the Golden Horseshoe. You can sign up for 5:30pm OR 6:45pm start in all locations. All sessions runs for 1 hour each week.

VIRTUAL PROGRAM

ADVENTURE RUNNING KIDS® is also available virtually for the Spring.

The virtual program will use the same curriculum as our in person program, but can be done on your own time in the week after the program runs - the flags will be left out and retrieved before the start of the next weeks session.

Each week you will be sent an email with directions to the start location and weekly exercises.

Registration for our in person programming or our virtual program are available under the sign up buttons below. An example of our curriculum can be viewed here.

Follow the sign up links below for online registration for the Virtual Program.

PROGRAMS and PRICING (for both Virtual and In Person Program)

ARK U8 (born 2013-2015*): $130

ARK U10 (born 2011-2012): $130

ARK Attack U12 (born 2010 or earlier): $130

ARX U14/U18 (born 2008 or earlier): $150 (ARX not available in all locations)

Additional $10 pinnie deposit required for the in person ARK and ARK Attack programs

Online credit card charges not included

Visit TEEN pages for more information on the Adventure Running X program

Virtual Program not available for the ARX program

*Must have turned 6 by the start date of the program

 

REGISTRATION

Registration must be completed online via the above link. We do not take registration by phone, in person, via email etc.

 

For Spring 2021, we will follow the same protocols as for the Fall 2020 season

  • Maximum 25 participants per hour

  • Maximum 10 participants in the U8 class (born 2013 or younger) per hour

Masks are required at check in and locations where we can't comfortably spread out.

If larger grouping become allowed we will increase our limit. However if a time slot or age class is listed as sold out in the registration form, it is full. There will not be room to 'squeeze one more in'.

If the registration form says 'Sold Out' for any age class or hour that means the program is at capacity and there is no more room.

If the Wait List option says 'Sold Out', that means the wait list has become so large we have closed it.

CANCELLATION POLICY (UPDATED FOR COVID RESTRICTIONS)

In the event a registered athlete is unable to participate in Adventure Running Kids® we will refund 100% of the registration fee minus credit card and zone4 fees (which we are unable to recoup) until end of the day, April 2.

 

Between April 2 and the start date of your location, if you wish to cancel we will refund 100% of registration fee less a $25 admin fee.

After the season start, no refund will be provided.

In the case of the program having to be cancelled due to Provincial restrictions (ie mandated shut down), all registrations will be transferred to the Virtual Program.

ORIGINAL CANCELLATION POLICY (for reference)

In the event a registered athlete is unable to participate in Adventure Running Kids® we will refund 100% of the registration fee less a $25 administration fee up to one week prior to a session. Only 50% of the registration fee will be refunded up to the first night of the season. After the first night no refund will be provided.

In the case of a medical issue preventing a member from participating, we will refund 100% of the registration fee less the $25 admin fee upon receipt of a doctors note (pro rated if the issue occurs during the season)

BURLINGTON

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm OR 6:45-7:45pm

Spring season dates and locations

  • Weeks 1-4 (April 6 - April 27): City View Park: TBC 

  • Weeks 5-8 (May 4 - May 25): Hidden Valley Park TBC

  • Weeks 9-10 (June 1 - June 8): Lasalle Park: TBC

Back up week in case of cancellation: June 15

For further information, please contact jay@dontgetlost.ca

GUELPH

Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm OR 6:45-7:45pm

Spring season dates and locations

  • Weeks 1-6: (April 8 – May 13): Guelph Arboretum: TBC

  • Weeks 7-10: (May 20 - June 10): Little Tract: TBC

Back up week in case of cancellation: June 17

 

For further information please contact jay@dontgetlost.ca

HAMILTON

Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm OR 6:45-7:45pm

Spring season dates and locations

Locations may change based on COVID restrictions/crowding

 

Back up week in case of cancellation: June 15/16/17

 

For further information please contact patrick@dontgetlost.ca

KITCHENER-WATERLOO

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm OR 6:45-7:45pm

Spring season dates and locations

Back up week in case of weather cancellation: June 15

For further information please contact patrick@dontgetlost.ca

MILTON/BURLINGON NORTH

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm OR 6:45-7:45pm

Spring season dates and locations

  • Weeks 1-4 (April 7 - April 28): CityView Park: TBC

  • Weeks 5-8 (May 5 - May 26): Lowville Park: TBC

  • Weeks 9-10 (June 2 - June 9): Rotary Park: TBC

 

Back up week in case of cancellation: June 16/17

For further information please contact jay@dontgetlost.ca

NIAGARA REGION

Mondays 5:30-6:30pm OR 6:45-7:45pm

Spring season dates and locations

No session Easter (April 5) or Victoria Day (May 24)

For further information please contact patrick@dontgetlost.ca

NIAGARA ARX - THURSDAYS

Thursday ARX in an eXtra night of running for everyone 13 and over who are keen for more than one dose of Adventure a week. You can sign up for Mondays, Thursdays or BOTH!

Locations: unlike Monday ARK & ARX, the Niagara Thursday ARX group moves around a lot, changing locations every week. Some runs are linear, where the parents will be asked to drop their child off in one location and pick them up in another. Coach Mark Adams will send all group parents a weekly email with the details of the upcoming week's run

For further information please contact patrick@dontgetlost.ca

OAKVILLE

Mondays 5:30-6:30pm OR 6:45-7:45pm

Spring season dates and locations

  • Weeks 1-4 (March 29 - April 26): Glenashton Park: TBC 

  • Weeks 5-8 (May 3 - May 31): Lions Valley Park: TBC 

  • Weeks 9-10 (June 7 - June 14): Oakville Park: TBC 

No session Easter (April 5) or Victoria Day (May 24)

 

For further information please contact jay@dontgetlost.ca

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frequently asked questions

What happens during an hour of ARK?


At the beginning of the hour, participants will join their group and follow the instructions of their Group Leaders for the entire hour. All kids will be placed in a group with up to 14 others of the same age (U8, U10 or U12) and will run with that same group for the entire season. Each night there will be four different exercises set up, based on the four FUNdamentals of adventure running: Endurance, Agility, Speed, and Navigation. Each week the groups participate in two of these exercises, cycling through all four exercises once every two weeks. ARK activities include obstacle courses, capture the flag, hill running, the very popular mud run, and much more.




What gear should my kids wear?


There is very little essential gear for Adventure Running Kids. MANDATORY In the Fall season, once it gets dark a headlamp is MANDATORY. Any participant who shows up to practice without one may not be allowed to take part. SHOES We recommend a trail shoe with an aggressive and grippy sole to handle loose trails and uneven terrain. 'Old' shoes with little to no tread should be avoided. CLOTHING Should be weather appropriate. For the early Fall/late Spring loose fitting, lightweight & breathable materials are ideal. As the weather gets cooler start to layer up with longer pants and jackets/long sleeve T-shirts. A waterpoof shell is great in wet conditions. Shorts and Tshirts are appropriate for summer, however parents should be aware of potential hazards such as insect bites (mosquitoes, ticks), sunburn, and scratches from undergrowth when running off-trail. Potential precautions include wearing light leg cover, applying sunscreen and insect repellent, and checking your kids for ticks after each session. These precautions are the same as those recommended for outdoor excursions in general and will ensure that your children are able to safely enjoy being in nature In winter conditions gear to stay warm is necessary; gloves, toques etc. Finally, clothing WILL get wet and OR muddy during some sessions! It's not the best idea to wear your favourite pair of shoes or anything you may need the next day. Clothing to be avoided: anything cotton, jeans/denim, hiking boots.




Can I volunteer with the program?


Yes! The program is whollly run by parent volunteers under the guidance of the Program Manager. The only time we need you to volunteer is during the hour your kids are signed up for! Anyone can volunteer, we need all ability levels. We need Group Leaders to run with the lead kids and help the back of the pack along. We also need Station Coaches to run the exercises each night (that are set up before hand by the Program Manager) Check the role details here: Station Coach Group Leader




Do you cancel if the weather is bad?


In general, ARK runs rain, hail or shine. We will cancel an ARK session under the following situations: There is an active Weather Warning or Watch from Environment Canada - at 4pm on the day of practice (unless the alert is for a weather event predicted after the session is over for the evening) A weather event that has passed has caused site conditions to become dangerous (ice storms in particular) If police are recommending people stay off the roads (snow, flooding, accidents etc) If the forecast is to be below -15ºC without windchill (-20ºC with windchill). If a session is cancelled, we will send out an email to all participants and will announce it on our Facebook page & twitter feed after 4pm of the day of the session. If thunder is heard during any session, we will cancel immediately and return to check in.




What is the difference between ARK U8/U10 and ARK Attack U12?


ARK and ARK Attack are the same basic program. Some of the exercises throughout the season will have a slightly more advanced 'twist' for the older ARK Attack participants to keep them challenged as they improve.




My child is a great runner and should be in the older group. Can you move them up?


ARK differs from other running programs in that running speed actually means very little. All our exercises are planned so that kids of all abilities can run together. In special occasions, we have allowed kids who excel in the Navigation portion of the program to join an older group. If that is the case, please contact the Program Manager for your location to discuss further.




My child is old enough for ARX, but would like to stay in ARK Attack. Is that OK?


Absolutely. Just sign up for ARK Attack in the hour you would like to take part in.




My child has special needs, can you accommodate them?


If your child that has a condition that requires one on one supervision, we cannot accomodate that. Participant supervision is done entirely by volunteers, usually parents of kids in the program that hour and we do not require any special training to be a volunteer. If one on one supervision is required, we ask that a parent or guardian be present with the group for the entire hour the program runs. For all participants, if a situation arises where we feel a participant requires one on one supervision for the program to run safely, we will ask a parent or guardian to be present that hour. If that is not possible, we will cancel their registration and provide a refund for the remainder of the season.




What is the adult/child supervision ratio?


Depending on the number of volunteers we have in any hour, anything from 1:4 to 1:10. If we get any less that the required number, we will do a call out to all parents in that time slot asking to volunteer during that hour. If we still don't have enough, we will strongly modify the programming in that hour to allow the program to run safely with minimal supervision.