Update from Coach Stacy
Our final run club of the year had its graduation run this past Sunday, October 27th at the Scary Beazley Run which is a part of the Youth Running Series. What an amazing year it has been! We were able to try a number of new things this year that were made possible from funding from the Dartmouth Community Health Board, our own fundraising efforts with the Benny Bulldog 5K & Duathlon and from a summer partnership with the Junior League of Halifax.
The most significant change that we introduced was the inclusion of a weekly guest speaker; these unique and powerful female role models spoke about their careers and the importance of athleticism to them. For example we have had the first and fourth ever female fire fighters in Halifax stop by our Halifax and Dartmouth practices with their fire trucks! However, I would argue that the constable riding a horse was the hands-down favorite of the Gazelles. Additionally we added a summer run club, brought a run club to Halifax and moved two of our run clubs entirely outdoors.
But the thing I am most proud of and want to share with you is that with this run club we have now trained 100 girls to run! Isn’t that amazing!? To think there are 100 girls aged 8-13 in the Halifax area that are confident, physically active and totally embrace our favorite slogan: “I don’t chase boys, I pass them!” and “I run like a girl, try to keep up!”
We will likely return to indoor training for our Spring 2014 Run Club as the Maritime weather is too unpredictable in the spring and we want to make sure our Gazelles are sufficiently trained to once again take part in the Sole Sisters Women’s Race!
We are planning some really exciting events in 2014 that I will be updating you about soon, as well as a website makeover, so stay tuned. And lastly, thank you to all of the volunteer coaches that help me to facilitate these practices.