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Kids’ Run Club celebrates 14 years

Kids’ Run Club is well underway and is celebrating how it’s helped thousands of Nova Scotia children and youth get active through running since 2004. With more than 200 schools and groups registered in all regions of the province, 2018 is turning out to be another successful year for the program.

Visiting participating clubs is an important part of the program. The Kids’ Run Club (KRC) team, consisting of Kerry Copeland, Leah Jabbour and Nicole Lalanne, are busy visiting clubs across the province, supporting coaches, motivating participants and providing running clinics. The personal touch KRC offers is a cornerstone of the program’s success in having schools offer it year after year.

Honouring Kids’ Run Club champions

This year, KRC is celebrating the 13 schools and three coaches/teachers who have been with the program since it began in 2004.

Kids’ Run Club 14-year coaches include: John McGowan of Springvale Elementary School in Halifax; Jenny Keenan of Westmount Elementary school in Halifax; and Mitzy Grimshaw-Poole of Arcadia/Plymouth School in Yarmouth.

The 14-year schools include:
  1. Atlantic Memorial Elementary, Shad Bay
  2. École Burton Ettinger School, Halifax
  3. John W. MacLeod Elementary, Halifax
  4. Le Marchant-St. Thomas Elementary, Halifax
  5. Michael Wallace Elementary, Dartmouth
  6. Portland Estates Elementary, Dartmouth
  7. Prospect Road Elementary, Hatchet Lake
  8. Springvale Elementary, Halifax
  9. Westmount Elementary, Halifax
  10. Meadowfields Community School, Yarmouth
  11. Aldershot Elementary, Kentville
  12. Sydney River Elementary, Cape Breton
  13. Donkin-Gowrie Complex, Cape Breton
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of KRC!

Although the majority of clubs are elementary schools that implement KRC as an extra-curricular program, the program also supports a number of schools that implement a modified KRC program that lets teachers provide it during class time or at recess, avoiding the challenge of offering an extra-curricular program.

Dalhousie med students support Kids’ Run Club

For a third year, Doctors Nova Scotia’s KRC is partnering with students from Dalhousie University’s School of Medicine. This partnership is a three-way win: KRC is enhanced by the addition of highly motivated and engaged future physicians; KRC participants are mentored by medical students who lead by example in terms of striving for success and living active, healthy lives; and the medical students gain a greater appreciation for the health of today’s youth. Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) is grateful to the medical students who are volunteering their time with KRC this year.

Thanks to Kids’ Run Club sponsors

Kids’ Run Club would not be possible without the combined support of Nova Scotia’s doctors and the generous contributions of its sponsors. Doctors Nova Scotia is grateful for the support received from the Nova Scotia Government, MD Financial Management, Telus Health, BOYNECLARKE LLP and Clearwater Seafoods.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of our partnership with Nova Scotia’s provincial government. Thanks to this support, KRC has helped a generation of children establish healthy habits, building the foundation for long, active lives.

Show off your KRC on Twitter!

If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @KidsRunClub_DNS – we’d love to see you tweet updates and photos of your club. If you’re out being active in your KRC shirt or visor, tweet us a picture of yourself!

For more information about Kids’ Run Club, contact:
Kerry Copeland, KRC Coordinator