We’ve listened to your questions and answered the most frequent ones, below. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered, please contact us.
Do the children need a special surface or running track to run on?
The simple answer is no – no special surface or running track is needed to do The Daily Mile. As long as you have some outside space big enough for children to run around, yr school can participate in The Daily Mile. Most schools do The Daily Mile on playgrounds, around school fields (provided it isn’t muddy), or simply around school buildings.
Is The Daily Mile the same as Recess or PE?
The Daily Mile does not compete with recess or PE, but compliments them. As a friendly, non-competitive activity, students benefit emotionally, socially, and academically. The Daily Mile is more frequent than PE, yet more structured (and quicker) than recess. In addition, teachers choose when their class runs The Daily Mile. Teachers might run The Daily Mile…
- When students need to burn off excess energy
- When students are having trouble focusing
- Before difficult subject matters or lessons
- When teachers need some self-care time
- When teachers need time to reconnect with students
The beauty of The Daily Mile is that it is simple and easy to implement. It does not require any change of clothes, set up, lesson plans, or special equipment.
Should we risk assess the route?
Before starting The Daily Mile, the school should complete a risk assessment of The Daily Mile route and address any safety issues. It is good practice to involve children and staff in the risk assessment. Click here to read how a range of schools have successfully implemented The Daily Mile across a variety of settings.
How can my school adapt The Daily Mile for extreme weather?
The U.S. is a large place with different seasons and temperatures across the country. But, The Daily Mile can work for your school in any climate. Teachers in Texas encourage their students to walk The Daily Mile (rather than run), if temperatures are high. Likewise, teachers in Chicago ensure students wear their coats if temperatures are very low.
Does The Daily Mile adversely affect children's joints?
Regular running is good for the physical development of children as, among other things, it helps improve bone density and muscle tone – both extremely important factors in a healthy body. A strong body – and strong muscles – are more likely to protect the joints. The Daily Mile lasts only 15 minutes which is not an excessive amount of time for children to be active.
Is it necessary to collect data from my class's Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile should not be driven by spreadsheets or measurements – that’s against the spirit of the initiative and could alienate some children, teachers or parents. If it’s done by agreement with their teacher, however, it can be fun for the children to count their laps from time to time, set their own targets or measure their personal best.
Can I use The Daily Mile's name or logo to create resources?
Yes, however The Daily Mile name and logo are both trademarked. Before you can print, distribute or publish any resources using our name or logo please Contact Us for written approval.
How doe we partner with The Daily Mile?
Please contact Daily Mile Program Manager Bill Russell for more information.
My question wasn't covered here, what should I do.
Any additional questions can be addressed by reaching out to Daily Mile Program Manager Bill Russell.
Every child, no matter their circumstances, age or ability, can succeed at The Daily MileThomas Dowens, Education Scotland