In 2007, AMAA and its parent organization the American Running Association joined forces to combat the growing epidemic of overweight youth in the United States. Children as young as kindergartners and up through middle school are the target age groups as they are the most vulnerable to non-healthy lifestyle choices.

A grassroots campaign was initiated in local communities and schools to encourage more kids to run. The mile distance was chosen as a "kickstarter" point. Training plans and an Operations Guide for segmented age groups or classes in elementary and middle school were developed and distributed. AMAA and ARA tied everything into a culminating mile event, the NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS.

For NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS schools receive training plans, posters, flyers, and an Operation Guide for teachers and schools. Select schools and communities receive “MILER” t-shirts. With each mile, AMAA and ARA are striving to "Get Kids Fit, One Step at a Time." To learn more about the program, go to

  View AMAA's Executive Director Dave Watt's interview (2015) with
WUSA9's Andrea Roane discussing NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS.


OPTIMAL HYDRATION: Establishing a Hydration Plan for Marathoners
This educational brochure is designed to help runners and race personnel develop a hydration plan to avoid the pitfalls of dehydration and the potentially fatal condition of hyponatremia, or water intoxication. The brochure is based on research and observation from medical professionals of the AMAA and American Road Race Medical Society (ARRMS), who have provided care and performed studies at countless marathons. 


Beat the Heat Educational Campaign
The American Medical Athletic Association has joined forces with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute to educate the public about avoiding heat illness.  Click on the titles below to view the program materials. 
        AMAA's Fluid Recommendations
       Doctor's Summer Warning:  Being "Used to the Heat" Is Not What You Think
       Beat the Heat:  AMAA Warns About Dangers of Heat Illness (Press Release)

For articles on exercising in the summer heat, view the American Running Association's Fitness Articles.


Sports Medicine Professional Referral
The American Running Association (ARA) hosts a professional referral service made up of doctors, nutritionists, and other sports-oriented professionals who are members of the ARA and the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA). To view this listing on the American Running Web site, click here.  To submit a request to be included in the referral, write to


Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is also hosted by the ARA and is made up of professionals
who will speak to community groups, clubs and organizations on a variety of health
and fitness topics. To submit a request to be included in the listing, write to  To request a listing for your area, complete the request form located on the American Running Web site. 

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