Youth Run Club – Live Active Community Fun Run

We ran, we saw, we conquered

April 8, 2017

Start 'em young!

Contributed by:

Vanda Killeen, BA, Dip Ad/PR | Senior Communications Consultant, AMA Public Affairs

On a rainy-then-sunny Saturday morning in April, 140 AMA Youth Run Club supporters and participants gathered in William Hawrelak Park for the Live Active Community Fun Run, hosted by the Youth Run Club.

Even if the rain clouds hadn’t been chased away by sunshine just in time for the start of the run, you wouldn’t have been able to dampen participants’ spirits, fueled as they were by boisterous tunes pumped over speakers and an energetic, happy warm-up led by Ever Active Schools’ Chesa Corsiatto.AMA member, Dr. Marc Bibeau and his son, Luc

Participants in the three runs (1.5 km, 3 km and 6 km) included students from 16 AMA Youth Run Club schools, along with their teachers, parents and siblings; AMA and Ever Active Schools’ staff and families; staff and families from AMA Youth Run Club sponsors (Alberta Blue Cross and MD Financial Management); North Edmonton PCN staff; and several AMA member physicians.

In addition to the participants, a big contributor to the supreme success of the event was the volunteers, busy setting up the run routes, equipment and start/finish area, registering runners and marshaling the run routes, plus many more behind-the-scenes chores. The AMA Youth Run Club was grateful for the cheerful , efficient support of staff from Ever Active Schools, the AMA and YRC sponsor, MD Financial Management. Staff from Alberta Blue Cross accompanied their big, blue, plush “Blue Cross” mascot, who was a bright, cheerful hit with the kids.

“It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning!” enthused Dr. Padraic Carr, who welcomed and then cheered on the runners. “This is the fourth or fifth Youth Run Club event I’ve been involved in and they’re an absolute blast!”

Joined by her son, daughter and friends, Dr. Lucy Jamieson was attending her first Youth Run Club event. “It was a great event and is a really good initiative to get kids active and running,” she commented. “As a runner, doctor and mother, I love seeing kids run.” Dr. Jamieson also appreciated that the run was free. “That allows families to participate who may not normally be able to afford the entry fee.” And, she added, “The healthy snacks (apples, oranges, granola bars and bottled water) were an excellent idea.”

Crossing the Finish Line!  Already interested in volunteering with the AMA Youth Run Club at his son’s school this spring, Dr. Marc Bibeau commented, “It was really encouraging to see so many friends, old and new, lace up and hit the trails! It was a chilly morning,” he continued, “but we were warmed by the enthusiasm of the AMA Youth Run Club team and the many volunteers. Luc and I both look forward to participating in future Youth Run Club events,” Dr. Bibeau added.

As she visited with her fellow physicians after the run, Dr. Kim Kelly observed, “It was such a great event! I can sense the momentum building in the physician community, for the Youth Run Club.”

If you’re interested in getting involved with the AMA Youth Run Club, email AMAYRC@albertadoctors.org.

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