After 5 years of successfully running our Kids Run Wild program for ages 7 to 16, based primarily out of Gold Bar Park. We are excited to pilot a Kids Run Wild program focusing on kids ranging from 5 to 12 in West Central Edmonton.  This additional program will run on Thursday’s starting April 7,2016.
The Tuesday evening program is open to kids aged 7 to 16 years of age and is located in East Edmonton, primarily Gold Bar Park. 
For both programs, our younger age groups require participation of a parent/guardian.  This will be a fun learning opportunity for the parent while shadowing their kid.
Kids Run Wild is an active outdoor program that, through games and other fun activities, teaches kids to find their way through parkland and bush.  Improving running skills and fitness are also aims of the program.
They will be out in the terrain learning to read maps and air photos, make sketch maps, and acquire other navigation skills such as speed and distance judgement. Observation and memory are key to successful navigation so we will be encouraging kids to be aware of their surroundings.  For many of our activities we use electronic timing units.  The kids all love the beeping and flashing; on any repetitive exercises it allows them to compete against themselves, which is great with the wide range of running abilities in the groups. 
Skill development rather than competition is the focus of the program, but the kids will have opportunities to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. They will also enjoy friendly competition with others of similar ability.  A high coach-to-participant ratio helps to make sure that no one is left behind.
Our goals are to enjoy active outdoor adventure, improve fitness, encourage confidence and independence and  teach route finding skills.
The next Tuesday series starts April 5, 2016.  The new Thursday series starts April 7, 2016.
Our knowledgeable coaches include experienced runners, adventure racers, national-level athletes and enthusiastic volunteers from the Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club.As well as manicured grass, Gold Bar & Hawrelak both have thick bush, swamps and streams – so get ready to get DIRTY!