Summer Running Club For Kids Going Into Grades 3-6

The summer Grasshopper season is geared towards everyone from beginners to experienced runners. During the summer, we host club locations throughout central Ohio, so there's always an option close by. The summer club practices twice a week, participates in several optional races, and is designed to guide the kids into a lifetime of running. The hour-long practices are a mix of running and active games, with lessons sprinkled into the mix. This is a great season for first-timers, experienced runners, and kids looking to build speed or endurance for other sports.



Summer Grasshoppers Youth Running Club


June 10 - July 27, 2024


We practice on Mondays and Wednesdays, and we host from 12 different communities in the summer.

Each community has a different time slot so click on your location to access our handbook where you'll find location and time details: Bexley, Canal Winchester, Dublin, Grove City, Hilliard, Lancaster, Marysville, New Albany, Pickerington, Powell, Upper Arlington, Westerville


Incoming 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders


All levels, from beginner to experienced


$185 for early registrations, goes up to $195 one week prior to the season starting. (Need-based scholarships are available - click here for info)


Club members receive entry into all Grasshopper races, a CRC discount, a racing singlet, a Grasshoppers shirt and bag, a mileage tracking poster, membership in the RRCA, and a season of fun with a season-completion medal. We'll also be sending out weekly coaching emails to compliment everything that takes place at our practices and races.


Our handbooks contain all info for the season, including our schedule, rules, and more. Click on your location to access your handbook: BexleyCanal WinchesterDublinGrove CityHilliardLancasterMarysvilleNew AlbanyPickeringtonPowellUpper ArlingtonWesterville

Please note: We'll update you about any changes for the season via email so be sure to include a valid email when you register your child.


Before getting into the frequently asked questions, please be sure to read through our annual club handbook. This handbook lays out most details and includes our schedule, location info, and more.  

  • Q: What is the club expectation for kids who take part? 
  • A: More than anything, we want kids who want to run. This isn't a sport that can be forced. Our summer season is ideal for any kids who are first getting started, while our spring and fall seasons are suited to kids who have experience with a running program and who have run 2 miles continuously. Anyone can take part in the summer program as long as they're excited to put an effort in and join us on the run.

  • Q: What does a summer practice look like? 
  • A: Practice is often broken down into a warmup, a run, an active game, and a cool down, with a lesson on something like running form or pacing thrown in along the way. Each practice is 1 hour long. 

  • Q: What races will you be running? 
  • A: The summer club will be racing in two ways. First, coaches will host mini races at several practices. Second, for those looking for a big race day experience, we'll host three larger races that members of all of our summer Grasshopper locations are invited to take part in. All larger races are listed on the club schedule in the handbook. We will use our weekly coaching emails to keep parents up to date on all specifics.

  • Q: My child takes part in other sports and/or has conflicting commitments. How flexible is the club with this?
  • A: Kids at this age should experiment with a variety of sports and activities. We're flexible with busy schedules, and we'll provide coaching plans for kids who have to miss practices with the Grasshoppers. 

  • Q: We have a summer vacation planned. Can my child still take part if they miss some practices?
  • A: Enjoy your vacation! And yes, your child can take part in the club before and after the vacation. Our summer season is focused on the individual - and since there's no team component, we're flexible with vacations and missed days.