Update from Coach Stacy
My apologies that it is August and I am just now updating you on all the amazing Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club (“GGG”) news. Unbeknownst to most, this was the first year that Sole Sisters Women’s Race only had one Race Director. So in addition to coaching the Gazelles, I grew Sole Sisters into the LARGEST WOMEN’S 5K IN CANADA.
It took a lot of work to do this but it was absolutely worth it. The smiles on the faces of the participants, the pride when they received their medals even surpassed my pride at having Canadian Running Magazine name Sole Sisters a must-do bucket list race. Why is this important to Girls Gone Gazelle? Because now, Sole Sisters doesn’t only donate race entries, but it supports Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club (you even see GGG on the Sole Sisters finisher’s medal)!
We had an awesome SPRING session of Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club that trained on the indoor track of the Dartmouth Sportsplex for eight weeks before participating in the Sole Sisters Women’s Race on June 7, 2014. The Gazelles not only raced, they started the race on the front line, in front of 3,200 women. And in an unexpected twist, one of the guest speakers (an RCMP officer that had spoken to our Gazelles a couple of weeks earlier) ended up running the entire Sole Sisters race with one of the Gazelles. While observing the race, I saw a number of our Alumni Gazelles sporting their pink team shirts that say: “I don’t chase boys, I pass them!” and racing through the sea of purple. That made me smile as I told them to wear their GGG shirt to races with pride and they were clearly still doing that a year later (glad the shirts still fit).
The current SUMMER session is training around the Halifax Commons and will be participating in a Youth Running Series race at the end of September that is also on the Commons. Feel free to stop by the Commons on a Thursday night and you might see us training, assuming we aren’t at the nearby Citadel Hill doing hill repeats.
Our final, FALL session of GGG will be returning to Dartmouth in September and will either be participating in the last Youth Running Series race (Scary Beazley) at the end of October or it may take part in Coach Stacy’s other race, the Lucky Seven Relay!
Hopefully you like the changes we’ve made to the GGG website, we’ve tried to promote the races that support GGG and we’ve even added a SHOP section. And with the new sign up section on the website we hope to more easily organize the interest we have from all the potential Gazelle parents.
Last year we introduced the idea of a weekly guest speaker; these unique and powerful female role models speak about their careers and the importance of athleticism to them. We would love to add you or someone you recommend to our list of guest speakers. So if you think you might like to join us, please let me know. It’s very casual but it is fun and you don’t have to show up with your fire trucks or your horse but those have been huge hits in the past!
It was also in 2013 that we added the summer session on the commons. This is the only run club that we don’t time to start shortly after school so if you find it difficult to make the 3:30pm start time of the spring and fall session, keep the summer one in mind as it starts at 6pm.
We are in our third year of Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club and hope to keep empowering and encouraging Gazelles throughout Halifax. I don’t even refer to Girls Gone Gazelle as a run club as much as I call it a confidence club. It makes me very happy to think that at the end of 2014 there will be over 160 girls aged 8-13 in the Halifax area that are confident, physically active and totally embrace my favorite slogan: “I don’t chase boys, I pass them!”