Registration for Adventure Running Kids Spring 2013 season is now open! Whether it's your first time signing up for the program or you've been at it for years, we'd like to let you know of some changes to the program going forward to and give you some hints on navigating the online registration form.
Changes to the Program
We've been a little flexible in the past, however to make sure there is no confusion we are setting a strict age limit. Participants must have turned six by 1 April 2013 to take part in the Spring 2013 season of the program. We find due to the complexity of some of the exercises in the program and the physical difficulty of others, kids under that age struggle. We want the program to be a fun and positive experience for all involved. Although it may seem not be much of a condolence, the next season is always only 6 months away!
Maximum Kids/Hour Cap
Again, in the past we've been flexible with group and hour numbers. But we found this season, when groups became too large they became unmanageable - no matter how many Group Coaches we had. We will be capping every group at 15 kids and with four groups max in any one hour, makes a maximum of 60 kids in any one hour of ARK. Once it's full, it's full!
The most popular part of ARK is getting to run with friends. Part of the registration form allows you to list your kids friends that they'd like to run with.
It is not possible to plan the program, determine number of groups per hour and assign volunteers to groups if we are still rearranging participants on the day the program is meant to begin (which has happened in every season past!). So, the friend request field is only available up until March 8 at midnight. From this date on the ARK groups will be formed.
Also, we are now requesting that you only list 2 friends maximum per registration. This is to stop large friend 'chains' forming, which may create groups with large age & ability ranges. More on that below.
We have raised our fees slightly this season. We have kept our ARK prices steady for 2 years, so this price rise simply represents the usual inflation/cost of living increase. KW participants will notice their fees are a little higher - this is due to some expenses required to secure locations that aren't present in Hamilton and Niagara.
Registration Tips and Tricks
So now there are a number of locations, hours and night kids can take part - but sometimes people miss out. In order to make sure you sign up and get the hour you want, here's some help.
1. Sign up early!
It's kind of obvious, but the sooner you sign up the more likely you will get the day and hour you prefer! We can move kids around between days and hours if there is space available as well.
2. Offer to Volunteer
We need between 10-16 volunteers per hour to allow the program to run smoothly and safetly, so will always save a few spots in each hour if we start to get close to capacity and don't yet have enough volunteers. If the hour you want is full and you'd like/be able to volunteer in that hour (roles for all types - check out the Volunteering article for more info), contact us and it's likely a space or 2 might suddenly become available.
Although we have asked that people only list two friends they would like to be in groups with, we don't want to stop large groups of friends running together! Talk with other parents and be tactical with your friend selections. If kids are all of similar age, it is very likely they will be with all their friends any way as we group kids by age first and foremost.
If you ask for friends or siblings that are significantly different in age to be together - be aware that one of the kids will likely end up in a group where most of the other members are older or younger.
All of the communication for the program is done via email. The first email address that you fill in during registration will be the point of contact (we will also send information to a second address if you provide one). Please make sure you also list '
' as a safe address or to your contacts. Our mail is sometimes eaten by voracious spam filters and we have no control over that!
Immediately after you sign up, you will receive an email receipt to the primary address. This is both confirmation that you successfully registered for the program AND your tax reciept should you wish to claim it on your tax return. Please make sure you keep it if you plan on doing so.
OK, now you got all that - head on over to Registration and get started!