NOTE: As of 11/9/23 you can use the new TWRC website to join TWRC and register for the Juniors program. IF you have already paid and registered, you do not need to pay and register again.
About The Juniors Program
2023-2024 Registration is now open!
The Woodlands Running Club Juniors is a program for youngsters 3 to 16 years old who like to run or want to start running.
Our Juniors run three times each week and are required to log 25 miles by February 24th, 2024 with The Woodlands Marathon 2K Family Fun Run being the last run. We are currently running at The 9th Grade Campus on Branch Crossing on Saturday morning from 8-9 am and Sunday afternoon from 4-5 pm, and at Shadowbend Park on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 pm.
The 2K fun run at The Woodlands Marathon on February 24th, 2024 is REQUIRED, in addition to at least 25 miles logged during the season, for the Junior runner to receive their marathon medal AND their race medal.
For updated information be sure to “like” us on the Junior’s Facebook page
Fees and Registration for 2023-2024 Juniors Program
Every Junior runner must be a current 2023-2024 member of The Woodlands Running Club via a family membership. A family membership is $26 and covers every member of the family.
How to register for the 2023-2024 Juniors program. It is a Two-step process (about the same as last several years but on a new website):
 Join TWRC with a family membership. We have imported all the CURRENT members from the old TWRC website. If you have not joined for the 2023-2024 year, it is best just to sign up like you were a new member. IF you are a current member but did not join via the new website, you will have to reset your password; the old passwords were not imported. Click HERE to Join TWRC Today
NOTE – If you have reset your password but did not get the reset email, PLEASE check these two items:
 Your email spam\junk folder.
 The email you used to sign up for the club. Is it the same one you are trying to reset?
 For each junior, fill out a Juniors Registration Form here: Juniors Registration Link. You MUST be logged into the website and a current TWRC FAMILY member to access the link.
 Junior shirts ordering is NOW open (12/4/23)! The cost is $14 and we have “Youth” shirts for the kids and “Adult” shirts for those adults that want one. You need to login to the website to order a shirt. The deadline to order WAS January 5th 2024.
We are ready and excited to start the 2023-2024 season for The Woodlands Running Club – Juniors!
ORGANIZED GROUP RUNS
The Woodlands Running Club Juniors is excited to announce our 2023-2024 running schedule!
We will be running as follows:
* Saturday from 8:00-9:00 am at The Woodlands High School 9th Grade Campus on the track (strollers are not permitted on the track)
* Sunday from 4:00-5:00 pm at The Woodlands High School 9th Grade Campus on the track (strollers not permitted on the track)
* Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 pm at Shadowbend Park
Season ends Feb 24, 2024 and will start back up September 2024.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist at any of the in-person running days, please let Leah know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to see you out logging miles!!
Rules & Running Etiquette
- Arrive ON TIME to each organized run. We will start with a warm up.
- Sign out at every group run (sign out is where you log your miles).
- Wear good running shoes and a comfortable outfit.
- Bring a water bottle to every run.
- Be courteous to other runners.
- Parents are welcome to run with their children but please be mindful with younger runners.
- Listen to all instructions.
- No strollers are allowed on the tracks.
- There is no limit to the miles they can log during the 1 hour organized run.
- Runners can log miles from certified races where we can verify the distance and the participation of the runner.
- Virtual race miles will not be accepted.
- Runners need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
The Woodlands Running Club cannot assume any responsibility for the conduct of its members and/or for injuries or illnesses
LOGGING YOUR MILES
We will keep track of your miles through our sign out sheet. When you arrive to a group run, and complete your run, you must sign out and tell the coach how many miles you logged. If you forget to sign out, we will have no record of your miles so this is very important.
We will send you a link to the Google Doc link by email to keep track of your miles.
You can also find the file of a running log on our Facebook page. You can print the log and keep track of your runners’ miles.
What happens if I forgot to log my miles with the coach?
The club will have no record of the miles you ran that day. Please contact us immediately so we will try to help you. Most of the times we saw you and remember you were there if you contact us as soon as possible.
As a courtesy we will add your miles to your log one time only per season.
Can I run the 5k instead of the 2k to obtain my medal?
Yes, you can run either one to qualify for your marathon medal.
What happens if I cannot run the 2k race on February 24th 2024
You won’t be finishing the program, even if you have more than 26.2 miles in your log. No exceptions.
How is the Woodlands Marathon related to the Juniors program?
The Woodlands Running Club has no affiliation with The Woodlands Marathon organization. The Woodlands Marathon invites all the junior running clubs in the area to participate in their program but we are not related. If you have a problem with your 2k/5k race registration you should contact The Woodlands Marathon organization directly.
What kind of shoes should I wear?
Good running shoes will save your feet (and the rest of your body) from most injuries. Please wear running shoes to every run. If you’re not sure if your shoes are good ones, ask your coaches. We also recommend shorts and shirts made from wicking material to help keep your sweat from sticking to you.
Do we need to warm up every time we run?
Injuries may result when you don’t warm up adequately before running. As part of our program we will encourage all Juniors to do a warm up, including drills, prior to every workout. If you arrive late and miss the warm ups, we recommend you do some warm up on your own before you can start your run. Stretching is a good idea, but should NEVER happen until you’ve warmed up your muscles. Stretching cold muscles can cause serious harm. So, always do your warm ups and drills before you stretch, or save your stretching for AFTER the workout.
What should I drink and eat?
We recommend a healthy diet for all our Juniors (and of course their parents too). It is recommended that you eat plenty of carbohydrates such as brown rice, pasta and even frozen yogurt. You should also have some good lean proteins like chicken, fish, beans or eggs. It’s a good idea to have a small light snack before your workouts such as fruit or a handful of almonds. And bring a snack for after the run too.
You also need to drink plenty of water. Because you are not running a really long distance, you do not need sports drinks. Stay hydrated!
You will be notified of any cancellations such as those due to weather via the Facebook site.
We will participate in the following local races as a team. Participants will be responsible for their own registration and packet pick up.
Woodlands Marathon 2K – Saturday Feb 24th 2024
“The Woodlands Marathon will host the annual 2K Fun Run/Walk. Children and individuals are invited to run or walk the 2K course that will traverse the streets of Town Center. Friends, family and spectators will be able to cheer the participants across the finish line.” RACE DATE START TIMES (estimated): 2K Family Fun Run Walk – 9am
All 2k Fun Run/Walk participants will need to be at the starting line by 8:45am.
November: 34th Annual YMCA Run Thru the Woods
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One mile children’s race at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. There is also a 3 mile and 5 mile race as well as a 3 mile family walk.
For updated information be sure to “like” us on the Junior’s Facebook page