Let Me Run

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Project Description

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For more information or questions, please contact Jennifer Swenson at (605) 336-3660 extension 8039 or jswenson@embe.org.

Let Me Run is a nationally recognized, seven week, after-school program whose mission is to inspire boys through the power of running, to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships and to live an active lifestyle.

A group of 8-14 boys in grades 4-5 meet with two volunteer mentors/coaches twice a week to be part of a program based on encouragement, personal goal setting and building strong friendships. Upon completion of the season, boys leave the program with a sense of accomplishment (as they are training for a 5K run to finish the season), a deeper sense of self, and a greater appreciation for their peers. Each session is an hour and 15 minutes and starts with a unity running lap, followed by stretches, running and activities centering around a daily lesson.

Click here to see a video about this program. Visit www.letmerun.org to find out how this program started.

The nationally researched curriculum closely follows the credo:

  1. Let Me Run boys are courageous enough to be themselves.
  2. Let Me Run boys push themselves to be fit in body, mind and spirit.
  3. Let Me Run boys are loyal friends who encourage and support others.
  4. Let Me Run boys trust that teamwork, unity, respect and perseverance open doors to greatness.
  5. Let Me Run boys are honest with themselves and others.
  6. Let Me Run boys responsibly choose what’s right, never settling for what’s easy.
  1. Discover a greater awareness of each boys gifts and their gifts to others.
  2. Develop a sense of pride, belonging and purpose.
  3. Be able to identify and express a wide range of emotions.
  4. Learn to be a better friend and identify true friends.
  5. Experience a test of endurance and personal goal setting.
  6. Expand their knowledge on various topics so they can make better physical, emotional and mental health choices.
  7. Possess a larger understanding of various community and global needs.

Brandon Elementary –

Cleveland Elementary – Mon/Wed

Hawthorne Elementary – Tues/Thurs

Sonia Sotomayor Elementary – Tues/Thurs

The Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire –

Creekside Elementary (Spearfish) –

If you are a male or female with a passion for mentoring boys and you want to get involved in this exciting new program, please contact Jennifer Swenson at (605) 336-3662, ext. 230 or jswenson@embe.org.


Our Fall 5K is Sunday, November 10th in Sioux Falls!

When & Where:
Harmodon Park (5721 E 41st, Sioux Falls, SD 57110)
Race starts at 2:30pm. Please don’t arrive before 1:30pm.

All runners must register! Click here to get signed up – Fall 2019 5K Registration
*This race is only open to current Let Me Run program participants, their families and mentors. It is not open to the general public.

For more information about parking, race route and team meeting place, please check out our Fall 5K Runner Guide 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
Just a couple hours of your time helps reinforce the great lessons they learned this fall. We need your help with set up, take down, guiding people along the route and walking behind the teams. Come join us! You’ll be inspired as you watch them complete their personal journey. Click here to register to become a volunteer.

Get In Touch

300 West 11th Street

Phone: (605) 336-3660

Fax: (605) 336-2238


Childcare Center
6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Fitness Center
Mon – Fri 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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