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Get your children interested in running with these helpful tips Get your children interested in running with these helpful tips
The Hollard Jozi Urban Run Adventure (JURA), in partnership with Joburg City Parks and Zoo, is the perfect opportunity to connect and enjoy some... Get your children interested in running with these helpful tips

The Hollard Jozi Urban Run Adventure (JURA), in partnership with Joburg City Parks and Zoo, is the perfect opportunity to connect and enjoy some wholesome fun with your kids.

With the event scheduled for Saturday, 24 August 2019 there is ample time to prepare for the challenge, but if you’re unsure how to start your kids on their running journey, the Hollard JURA team offer their top tips:

Start by Walking

If your kids have never run before, start by going on walks as a family. Begin with short distances and slowly build up to running by breaking up the walk with short bursts of running.

For example, run to the stop street, sprint to the driveway or skip to the corner. Build up their confidence and fitness over time. The more gradual the changes you make, the more likely they’ll stay interested and the more fun they’ll have!

Don’t rush to get the gear

One of the joys of running is that you really don’t need much equipment. The one essential thing is a good pair of running shoes, especially for younger children as their feet are still developing.

If they still love it a couple of months later, you can look for more specialised gear but don’t go overboard and spend a fortune on every single thing that charming salesman recommends.

Ignore the numbers

When running with your kids, you may not end up doing the run you wanted to do or hitting a new PR. Don’t get caught up in numbers, just enjoy the fact that you’re running!

When you’re running with your kids, it doesn’t matter who is the fastest or who runs the longest distance. By emphasising health, fitness and family time over distance and speed, you can help your kids develop a healthy habit that can last a lifetime.

Make it fun for all of you

From jumping over puddles to running from imaginary enemies, the best part about running with your kids is that they bring something fresh to your usual routine. Let the kids lead, let them be silly or run funny, whatever they need to do to keep it fun!

Run in different places to keep the runs interesting, and avoid repeating the same route. Run on a road one day and a trail the next. We guarantee that bringing your kids along will put a spring back into your running step.

Use it as bonding time

Between work and adult responsibilities, it’s easy to forget to spend time with your little ones. Time spent on a run allows you to chat, reconnect and enjoy some time together, in a healthy way.

Find a fun run

If you have kids who are on the fence about the whole ‘running thing,’ consider a local fun run like the Hollard JURA. The Hollard JURA is a trail running adventure through Johannesburg, where you can choose to conquer a series of optional obstacles such as a 50m waterslide, 5 mountainous blow ups and a floating bridge – amongst other fun challenges.

There is a 6km route for families and anyone wanting to join in on the fun, as well as 12km & 18km routes for anyone looking to push their limits. Once the run is done, there are a ton of post-race festivities that will keep the smiles going all day.

Ready to tackle the Hollard JURA as a family? Visit www.joziadventure.co.za to book your tickets or for more information. Groups or families of 4 or more and will get 20% off.

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