If you have a fifth- or sixth-grader who loves to run or is interested in learning more about running, here’s a great opportunity.


Registration is open now for the third season of Nevada’s GO FAR running club.


As explained by Kim Koch and Sarah Gilchrist, who oversee and coach the program, GO FAR was started in 2003 in response to the childhood obesity epidemic. GO FAR is a fitness program designed to teach children of all abilities about healthy eating habits, goal-setting and how to train for a 5K. GO FAR teaches kids that active, healthy lifestyles are fun and can be sustained throughout their lives.


“The GO FAR organization provides an eight-week curriculum and everything needed to lead a GO FAR club such as ours,” Koch said. “We train for eight weeks, starting the week of May 21, and finish with the Midnight Madness 5K in Ames on Saturday, July 13.


To help parents and kids know more about the program, an informational meeting is planned for Wednesday, May 1, from 5:30-6 p.m. at the Nevada Middle School in room 24.


“We will explain what the club is all about and have registration forms to fill out,” Gilchrist said.


If you can’t make the meeting, don’t despair. Flyers will be sent home with each child this week with information about the club. Coach Gilchrist, who teaches at the middle school, will also have registration forms in her room to pick up, and those forms can be turned back into her as well.


If parents have any questions about the forms, “parents can email me at nevadagofarclub@gmail.com. I can also send forms via email if that is easier,” Koch said.


During its first few years, approximately 25 kids have been in the GO FAR running club in Nevada. As coaches of the club, Gilchrist and Koch both have a strong interest in running. Gilchrist is the middle school cross country coach, and Koch is an avid runner, health coach and mother of four.


While school is still in session when the club starts, kids will meet after school and walk over to Harrington Park, where they will practice from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During the summer, the club will continue to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but the time will be from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Summer locations will vary between local parks and the high school track.


The registration fee is $25 per child, which covers their registration for Midnight Madness 5K and also provides insurance coverage for each child. Other things the coaches recommend that students have are a pair of running shoes and a water bottle.


“While the club is limited to fifth- and sixth-grade girls and boys, we welcome their parents/guardians to join in and train with us, either at practices or at home,” Gilchrist said.


Koch adds, “We have had several parents join us for the Midnight Madness 5K which is a lot of fun and great for both parent/guardian and child.”