AMA Youth Run Club hits the ground running

Alberta Doctors' Digest

July 10, 2019

Big smiles while using the new Trail Rider at Ormsby School, June 2019

Vanda Killeen (AMA Public Affairs): Alberta Doctors’ Digest

The AMA Youth Run Club was all over the map (the Alberta map, that is!) this spring season, but that doesn’t mean we were disorganized. Actually, quite the opposite!

The 2019 spring YRC season could safely be called our busiest ever. One school-hosted fun run in May, at Red Deer’s Esculea Vista Grande School, was followed by six fun runs in June at schools in Beaumont, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Leduc, Lethbridge and Red Deer.

Introducing … the Trail Rider

In June, the Youth Run Club kicked its inclusivity strategy into action with the use of the Paralympic Sport Association’s Trail Rider. The Trail Rider is a one-wheeled reclining chair driven and handled by two to three people for providing a handicapped person with the same outdoor experience as his/her fellow hikers, walkers and runners. Suitable for adults or children, the Trail Rider takes its user from watching from the sidelines to actively participating.

Amy Rusnell, a teacher’s aide at Ormsby School, watched Emily grinning and enjoying herself while staff from the PSA, Ever Active Schools, the school and fellow students took turns operating the Trail Rider. Rusnell said, “It’s amazing that she could participate and feel like everyone else!”

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