Appleseeds Youth Running Program

Planting the seeds for a healthy life

Click here to register for the 2021 season!

The Appleseeds Youth Running Club is a welcoming environment for elementary and middle school aged children, going into grades 1 through 8, to engage in the sport of running. Whether it be recreational or competitive, we hope to spark an interest in running that will last a lifetime. We aim to provide the groundwork for physical fitness as well as teamwork and sportsmanship.

Appleseeds is now available for elementary and middle school age groups! We will have two sessions available at each practice. The first session is geared towards elementary aged kids (9 and under) and will be a more laid-back, game-based curriculum. The second session is a more structured, training-based program aimed at the middle school age group (10+). The age breakdowns are just a guideline, you are welcome to pick the session that makes the most sense for your child. You do not need to sign up for a particular session when you register and you can switch at any point in the season. Feel free to reach out to Club Director, Lynn Marbach, with any questions.

2021 Schedule

Practice schedule: June 7th – August 4th – Monday and Wednesday evenings

  • Session 1: 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Session 2: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Race Schedule:

  • June 25th: XC Race @ Dekalb High School
  • July 17th: Road Race @ Pufferbelly Run, Walk, Stroll
  • August 2nd: Track Meet @ Concordia Seminary


  • January 1 – February 28: $75
  • March 1 – April 30: $85
  • May 1 – End of Season: $95
  • Family discounts apply!


  • Guidance from experienced coaches
  • Two practices per week
  • Entries into the 3 club race; 1 track race, 1 cross country race, & 1 road race
  • Appleseeds T-Shirt
  • Appleseeds Singlet
  • Special discount on running shoes



Meet the Coaches(click for more info)

  • Head Coach: Derek Leininger
  • Club Director: Lynn Marbach
  • Assistant Coach: Megan Thiesmann
  • Assistant Coach: Andrew Whitinger


If you have any questions, please contact the club director, Lynn Marbach:

“Personal relationships and customer service are not an old-fashioned notion. I consider 3RRC a great partner that combines friendship and expertise to serve our local running community. A Fort Wayne success story!”

Mike Pfefferkorn


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