FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is RunJumpThrow?

2. Why RunJumpThrow?

3. Who can participate?

4. How long are RJT events?

5. How much does it cost?

6. Who can organize a RJT event?

7. How can I organize an event?

8. What equipment do I need?

9. Why the background check?

10. Where are the events held?

11. How can I find a RunJumpThrow event near me?

12. How do I get a lesson plan?

13. What is the next step for competition?

14. Where can I find Hershey’s Track & Field Games?

15. How can I provide feedback or contact RunJumpThrow?

16. Are there any RunJumpThrow opportunities for me if I live in Canada?


1. What is RunJumpThrow?
A partnership between USA Track & Field and The Hershey Company, RunJumpThrow (RJT) is a youth activity program for children ages 7-12. RJT gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to the basic skills of running, jumping and throwing – activities that comprise track and field events and that and are foundational to nearly every sport.

2. Why RunJumpThrow?
RunJumpThrow is all about activity and offers a great opportunity for kids to learn new skills, make friends and have lots of fun running, jumping and throwing with teachers, coaches and parents. The skills introduced in RJT may encourage kids to participate in track & field, or may get them excited about applying those skills to other sport.

3. Who can participate?
The program is geared toward youth ages 7-12, but all are welcome to participate.

4. How long are RJT events?
Local organizers tailor RJT events to their communities. RJT events may last 2-3 hours or a half day. USATF also offers a 5-6 week plan for implementation by parks & recreation departments and schools.

5. How much does it cost?
RunJumpThrow is accessible to everyone and is at no cost to participants

6. Who can organize a RJT event?
Anyone can organize a RunJumpThrow event – parent, teacher, instructor, coach. Organizers should ensure they have access to a field, track or gym, and enough volunteers to help manage the event and instruct the children.

7. How can I organize an event?
Go to the RunJumpThrow website and register as an event organizer. After passing a criminal background screen, organizers may download the RJT Plan and access the instructional videos.

8. What equipment do I need?
RunJumpThrow participants only need a pair of shoes. The only equipment necessary for organizers in any of the stations is something to kids to throw and, if they choose the hurdle station, some pizza boxes.

9. Why the background check?
Ensuring the safety of participants is the top priority for USA Track & Field and Hershey. USATF participates in SafeSport, a program supported by the U.S. Olympic Committee to ensure coaches and instructors pass criminal background checks and are aware of warning signs and potentially dangerous situations for children. When kids are safe, they have fun.

10. Where are the events held?
Events are held throughout the country wherever there is enough space to run, jump and throw.

11. How can I find a RunJumpThrow event near me?
Kids and families can find events to participate in through our RunJumpThrow event calendar

12. How do I get a lesson plan?
Only registered event organizers who pass a criminal background screen may download the RJT plan. Instructions on downloading the plan are provided once the background screen is passed. Examples of the lesson plan may be found here

13. What is the next step for competition?
The RunJumpThrow plan includes a fun “practice meet” at the end of the session, but it is not a competitive track meet. USA Track & Field provides a range of competitive opportunities for young athletes of all abilities, including the Hershey National Youth Championships. For more information on USATF’s youth programs, visit http://www.usatf.org/Youth

14. Where can I find Hershey’s Track & Field Games?
Hershey’s Track & Field Games concluded its final year in 2014. Children and parents looking for competitive opportunities can find more information on USATF’s youth programs by visiting http://www.usatf.org/Youth

15. How can I provide feedback or contact RunJumpThrow?    
Correspondence related to RunJumpThrow may be sent via email to runjumpthrow@usatf.org.

16. Are there any RunJumpThrow opportunities for me if I live in Canada?    
Canada's RunJumpThrow Wheel program is a great asset for those in Canada looking to get involved in the RJT movement. Feel free to go to the Run Jump Throw Wheel website by clicking here.

Families can register their children for FREE single-day RunJumpThrow events online. RJT events begin in January 2015. This page contains a calendar for all currently registered RJT events. To register, simply click on an event, and be sure to check back regularly for updates as events are added daily.

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