About the RunStrong Programs


The Kevin Armstrong MD Memorial Sports Foundation presents RUNSTRONG.

The story is a classic one for Santa Ana youth. “Come out and join in the Make Room for Santa 5k!” “Okay! Where?” About thirty-five 12 and 13 year-olds got onto the bus by 5:30 a.m. on a chilly December morning in 2010. Many had never been to The District in Tustin. They came in whatever clothes they had — and in whatever footwear they had. They lined up in front at the start line … and were off! Running along the streets of The District, past the huge hangars, our kids ran their hearts out. Why?

Because they were part of something new! They had joined RUNSTRONG, the after school running club at their intermediate schools that began in October, 2010. Sponsored by the Kevin Armstrong, M.D. Memorial Sports Foundation, the RUNSTRONG Program was off to an exciting start — just like the runners!

Since then our programs have flourished. During the 2018-19 school year, an average of 150 RunStrong students from five different Intermediate Schools competed in four running events throughout Orange County including the DinoDash in Tustin, the Santa Run in Irvine and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation "Reaching for a Cure" run in Irvine.

In additon to covering the cost of all registration fees, students who successfully complete RunStrong program requirements receive a new pair of ASICS running shoes. Congratulations to all students and coaches who placed at the various races, earning medals and other awards.

A SPECIAL THANKS go to our VOLUNTEER running coaches and The Orange County Youth Sports Foundation. Go RunStrong!!! For more information regarding the RunStrong Clubs, please download our 2015 Flyer.

Team RunStrong
December 29, 2015: TeamRun Strong in the OC Register!

Students from MacArthur ran into a photographer from the OC Register while out training on Monday and he shared their photo in the "Our Towns" section of the paper on 12/29 with the caption "Running into the New Year". All of the RunStrong teams from Carr, McFadden, MacArthur and Mendez have been training during the Winter Break in preparation for the So Cal Half Marathon/5k on Sat. Jan. 9th. Photos posted on the RunStrong Facebook page. Thanks to Greg Rankin for sharing this photo from the paper with us! View the full article.

Student Spotlight

Team RunStrong Training for the SoCal Half

Tem RunStrongTeam RunStrong students and coaches from Mendez Fundamental School on December 21, 2015 training for the So Cal Half Marathon/5k. Some team members are preparing for the Half Marathon and put in an 8 mile run. Go RunStrong!





Team RunStrong Runs to Huntington Beach!

Team RunStrong
Team RunStrong students from MacArthur were out training on December 29, 2015 in preparation for the So Cal Half Marathon/5k on Saturday, January 9, 2016. They ran from Victoria Vista Park in Costa Mesa to Huntington Beach and back! They stopped to take this awesome photo with the ocean in the background. Go RunStrong!

Congratulations to Ethan Ellis!

Ethan EllisEthan Ellis of Sierra Intermediate School completed the Dinosaur Dash 5k on Saturday, November 6, 2011 in 33 minutes - shaving 13 minutes off his time in the Cinco de Mayo 5k on May 1st. Continue to RunStrong Ethan!!



Past Events

RunStrong Parents Rock!

Students and parents attend 2015 Team RunStrong parent meetings at Carr Intermediate and sign participation Pledge Sheets.

Team RunStrong

Team RunStrong

Team RunStrong


Renegade Santa Run 2015

Over 140 runners from the Kevin Armstrong MD Memorial Sport Foundation's Team RunStrong participated in the Santa Run in Irvine on Saturday December 12, 2015. In spite of the chilly temperature at start time, many Team RunStrong students and coaches went on to win prizes in the age categories. It was a great day! Go RunStrong!

Team RunStrong

Team RunStrong

Team RunStrong

Team RunStrong


Dino Dash 2013

Dina Dash
RunStrong kicked off the year with an exciting 5k on Sunday, November 3rd in Tustin. The program has grown over the years...in 2011 we registered 51 students for the Dino Dash and this year we registered 113 runners for the 5k!! Dedicated interns from Sage Hill, Brian Slaughter, Patrick Hynes and Alexis Michaca, took the students through pre-race stretching and drills. Go Runstrong!

Make Room for Santa 2011

We had an awesome time on December 10th at the "Make Room for Santa" race in Irvine!! Our students looked great in their new "RunStrong" t-shirts and "reindeer antlers" (thanks Edie!). Over 50 students participated in the 5k and 10k races. It was so exciting to see our students and coaches from Santa Ana competing against youth running clubs from all over Orange County. Congratulations to RunStrong McFadden and the five students that placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for their age groups! Thanks to all of our Board members and the many volunteers who joined us to help with the race and provide security for the gift bags from Whole Foods!

Make Room for Santa

Make Room for Santa

Make Room for Santa

Dinosaur Dash 2011

RUNSTRONG 2011 is off to a great start! Over 50 students from McFadden, Mendez and Sierra complete the "Dinosaur Dash" 5k in Tustin on Sunday, November 6th, 2011. Special thanks to our volunteer, Sophia Witte from Sage Hill!

Dino Dash

RunStrong Clubs 2011 - McFadden and Mendez

RunStrong Completes the "Cinco de Mayo Race" at the Irvine Spectrum, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Congratulations to our students and coaches!


Make Room for Santa 2010

Members of our RunStrong Running Club completed the "Make Room for Santa 10k" on Sunday, December 12, 2010. Congratulations to all of our runners and volunteers!

McFadden Run Strong Club