Free all-girls running club
Girls Gone Gazelle is a not-for-profit, all-girls running club that began for pre-teens but from time to time does accept older girls. Members of the club can be found training on the indoor track at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, in Shubie Park and around the Halifax Commons. Each run club follows a learn-to-run program created by Coach Stacy that is designed for children and promotes confidence, body acceptance and socialization.
Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club gives girls an opportunity to participate in a non-competitive running group that creates an enjoyment of physical activity. We provide a safe and respectful environment that builds the girls’ self-esteem and knowledge of exercise, while learning to run up to 5K.
With childhood obesity on the rise, the goal of Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club is to help young girls become active before junior high. By incorporating regular cardiovascular activity between the ages of 8-12 we hope to increase the probability of them staying active through their teen years, thereby reducing the chance of weight related issues during puberty.
We believe that joining Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club will not only create memorable childhood experiences and life-long friendships, but also develop self-confidence and effective stress management techniques while connecting with positive role models in the form of adult female runners and guest speakers.
We offer three learn-to-run sessions each year (Spring, Summer and Fall) located in Dartmouth and Halifax. We are happy to add your potential Gazelle to the waiting list for the next session.
To have your daughter considered for the next in-take, submit via email:
her current age
her current activity level (if any)
short description of how she would benefit from club
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.
Founder and Head Coach
Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club