Description of Program

Our 5k program is an eight-week co-ed running program suitable for 3rd – 8th grade children. The program will develop and encourage children of all running abilities to progress from their current level of fitness to being able to complete a 5k race after the program. By reaching small milestones throughout the course of the program, the children’s self-confidence will increase in tandem with their ability to run further distances and improve their times.


Why Run?

The Gotta Run Kids program would be suitable for the following children:

  • Children who are not involved in other sports, but who want to achieve a level of fitness.
  • Children, who are involved in other sports, but need to improve/maintain their level of fitness.
  • Children who already run, but would like to improve their technique and endurance.
  • Students who are not eligible for running on the school track team due to age restrictions, but who want to prepare for track try-outs when eligible.
  • Runners wanting to “get to the next level”.
  • Children who haven’t found their “niche” in another sport.


What to expect

The program will involve twice weekly, one-hour practices. Practices will include, stretching, running and light core training. The eight-week program will culminate in a 5km Race (entry fee included in registration). Parents are welcome to join in the practices and run for free!


What you need

A pair of running shoes, a water bottle, and a smile!


When & Where: JCUMC

Mondays and Thursdays

Time: 5:45-6:45pm

Cost: $150 (incl. shirt and 5k entry)

Duration: Jan.15th – March 3rd


Need More Information?

Check out our website, see what we are up to on Facebook ( or call Coach Patterson (678-549-5888) You will need to register a new Blue Sombrero account for this club program. You can use the same credentials as your JCUMC Blue Sombrero account but you must reregister.


Meet the Coach

Coach Greg Patterson was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to the

U.S. in 1999. He has been married for 22 years and he has lived together with his wife and their 4 children in Cumming for the past 14 years. Having played soccer most of his life, coaching was a natural transition when his own children began playing the sport over eight years ago. He is a certified soccer and running coach, and has coached his own children, who are all successful runners. His oldest son, Matt, is a college freshman who runs on the XC team there. His middle son, Josh, is a senior and a Captain on the South Forsyth XC team. His twins, Michael and Caroline are both sophomores and they run varsity at SFHS – both holding records at the middle school level.  His passion may have begun with coaching his own children, but today he continues his love for the sport through coaching the kids at GRK.


“I know it is a big deal to try a new program out, so I thought I would just tell you a little bit about me and the program. As well as coaching the kids at Gotta Run Kids for the past 6 years, I also coach a cross country team, Great Strides, during the fall and we are recognized as one of the best MS cross country teams in the state!   In the past 4 years, I have personally coached several of Forsyth county’s 1600m and 800m track county champions as well as many others who placed in the top three.  Several of our runners are state and nationally ranked. While we have seen a great deal of success with our more experienced athletes, we never lose sight of the fact that they all started out as “non-runners” and that each runner has different goals.  We hope to encourage each child to do their best – whether that means just finishing the 5k, or setting a new PR.  During our lessons, we will work on endurance while correcting our form and other basic running skills – like breathing and pacing.   My goal is to get the best out of your child while still trying to make sure they have a good time!”