Tennessee State Parks

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Youth Running Program

The Middle School Run Club program is a pilot program funded by the Tennessee Department of Health. The program is providing the infrastructure and the opportunity to allow middle school age children to chance to enjoy State Parks in fun and healthy way. In 2012, the program focused on three State Parks in middle Tennessee and three schools near those parks. Each school recruited around 20 students for their teams. Meanwhile, the parks each built a two mile cross country trail. In February, the students started practicing at the parks in preparation for the first meet which was held in March.  The schools participated in four meets over the three month season.  The Run Club program is currently planning for the future to develop more partnerships with schools and parks across the state.

If you have an interest or questions about the Running Initiative in State Parks please contact Laura Franklin at Laura.Franklin@tn.gov or by phone at 615-532-0011.