The Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club
A free, school-based running program designed to get children and youth active. If your school already offers a running program, that's great! We can offer free resources, incentives and support.
How the Program Works:
School groups run together one to five times per week. Participants build their endurance in order to complete a final fun run of your choice! Some schools host their own, while some participate in community runs.
The Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools provide schools with all of the necessary resources to implement and maintain a successful club, including: Runner's & Coach's Handbooks (electronic), finisher prizes for all participants, free local workshops for coaches, free talks for students from a local doctor, resources to encourage eating well & reducing screen time, running logs, modifiable parent letters & more! Visit Coach's Corner to browse all of our resources.
All students Kindergarten to Grade 12 across Alberta! Group sizes can range from just a few to more than 100.
The Club has grown from just 75 schools in 2012/13 to 363 schools and over 22,000 participants in 2015/16.
Coaches can be school staff, parents, peer leaders or community members.
The number of coaches required will depend on the size of the group, the age of the participants, and the type of running route chosen. It is ideal to have several adults involved to ensure safety and to motivate participants. School staff are encouraged to recruit parent and community volunteers.
As a result of participating in the Club...
89% of coaches reported engaging students who are not traditionally physically active
91% of students reported feeling supported to make healthier decisions AS A RESULT OF THE CLUB
73% of coaches reported the club leading to positive changes in student behaviour
- Results reported in 2015/2016 year end coach survey
Increasing physical activity since 2013.
The AMA Youth Run Club is run through partnership between the Alberta Medical Association & Ever Active Schools. In spring 2013, the Club was launched in Alberta, an adaptation of the highly successful Doctors Nova Scotia Kids' Run Club that began in 2004. This program has received national recognition from the Canadian Institute of Child Health and the Canadian Public Health Association for its achievements in engaging youth and children in regular physical activity by making running kid-friendly and adaptable for all levels of fitness. Click here to learn more about the team who makes the Club happen.