Kids Run Club

Kids Run Club

Kids Run Club

Kids Run Club was created by Nova Scotia’s doctors.

Kids Run Club is a free, school-based running program designed to give all children and youth an opportunity to be active through running.

It’s available free of charge to schools and community groups in Nova Scotia. Each year, more than 17,000 kids from more than 200 schools and groups across the province take part in the program.

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Kids Run Club instils the importance of regular physical activity in children so they form healthy habits that become part of their everyday lives as adults.

A leader in Canada

Doctors Nova Scotia was the first medical association in Canada to offer a free running program to address inactivity in children and youth. In taking this leap, Kids Run Club was born. The program has since been replicated in Alberta and Ontario.

In addition to offering Kids Run Club, Doctors Nova Scotia sponsors several youth runs, including the Youth Run at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax. Over 3,100 kids participated in the 2018 Youth Run, securing its title of one of the largest youth runs in Canada.

National recognition

Doctors Nova Scotia has received two national awards for Kids Run Club:

  • 2006 Health Promotion and Innovation Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Child Health
  • 2012 Ron Draper Health Promotion Award from the Canadian Public Health Association

In 2017, Kids Run Club won the Partnership Award from the Nova Scotia Teachers Association for Physical and Health Education.

These awards wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who give their time and energy to implement the program in communities across the province.

A new beginning

Doctors Nova Scotia recently established a new charitable foundation, called the Doctors Nova Scotia Healthy Tomorrow Foundation, which now owns and operates Kids Run Club. This transition has significantly expanded the opportunities for meaningful partnerships between Kids Run Club and the community, from local businesses and provincial government departments to corporate innovators and like-minded non-profits that share a vision of a healthier tomorrow.

Learn more about Kids Run Club and how you can a play a part in creating a healthier tomorrow for all Nova Scotians.


Kerry Copeland
Executive Director
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4908