This one-semester course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners and offers a variety of training schedules for each. In addition to reviewing the fundamental principles of fitness, students learn about goals and motivation, levels of training, running mechanics, safety and injury prevention, appropriate attire, running in the elements, good nutrition and hydration, and effective cross-training. While this course focuses mainly on running for fun and fitness, it also briefly explores the realm of competitive racing. Students conduct fitness assessments and participate in weekly physical activity. Unit 1: Getting Started; Fitness Assessment & Analysis, Getting Started, Training Plan. Unit 2: Running Mechanics; Exercise Principle Review, Running Principles & Technique, Training Zones. Unit 3: Safety & Equipment; Rules & Safety, Outdoor Elements, Equipment for Running. Unit 4: The Running Scene; Benefits of Running, Speed Training, Competitive Running. Unit 5: Total Wellness; Diet & Exercise, Cross Training. Unit 6: Post Assessment; Post Assessment.