Appleseeds Youth Running Program

Planting the seeds for a healthy life

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Note: Due to Covid-19 concerns, we have shifted the start and end dates for the 2020 Appleseeds season by one week. Our season will now be happening Monday, June 15th to Wednesday, August 5th. We will be taking the CDC’s recommended precautions including social distancing and disinfecting surfaces where applicable.

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.

For 2020, we are expanding Appleseeds to include both elementary and middle school age groups! We will have two sessions available at each practice. The first session is geared towards elementary aged kids (10 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 (11+). 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.

2020 Schedule

Practice schedule: June 15th – August 5th – Monday and Wednesday evenings

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

Race Schedule:

  • June 29th: XC Race @ Shoaff Park
  • July 18th: Road Race @ Pufferbelly Run, Walk, Stroll
  • August 3rd: Track Meet @ Concordia Seminary


  • January 1 – February 29: $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: Austin Rockstroh


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

“In today’s world full of corporate franchises and online retail giants, it is great to see a locally owned and operated business be successful. They are amazing, always friendly and helpful. They love running and it shows. It doesn’t matter if the customer is a beginner or a state champion.”

Robin Dombrowski


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