DRP officer Cst. Erin Buchanan was joined by Dan Carter from Channel 12 News on July 12 for the youth program Run Like a Girl. This is the first summer for the program that teaches teen girls about being active and increasing self-confidence.
Run Like a Girl is a progressive learn-to-run program that conditions teens for a five km run. Cst. Buchanan runs alongside the 15 chosen girls three times a week to help create a mutual respect between officers and youth. The program invites speakers to come out and teach the girls about motivation, discipline, nutrition and health. Running helps the teens to find confidence and gives them the strength to overcome daily challenges as well as make new friends.
“Run Like a Girl is set up to improve the girls overall health and wellness in a fun way that helps to better their lives and increase self-esteem,” said Cst. Buchanan. “It creates an atmosphere for teens to build relationships with the police so we can mentor them and learn together.”
According Dan Carter, Television Host and Motivational Speaker, who has overcome many challenges in his life such as a learning disability, has found that there are four main benefits to running. It teaches us discipline, it’s good for health, helps our mind and encourages people to get together to have fun.
“Running gives us the ability to see the best version of ourselves,” said Dan Carter. “You can gain strength in yourself that you can pass onto someone else; it gives us the confidence to be the best we can be in a sport where everyone is an equal.”
Run like a girl thumb (JPG file, 32.5K bytes)
Dan Carter speaks to the girls about confidence and overcoming hard times (JPG file, 166.8K bytes)
Cst. Buchanan and Dan Carter pose with the girls (JPG file, 179.8K bytes)
The group ties up their shoelaces before starting their warm-up (JPG file, 228.0K bytes)
Everyone walking a lap around the track (JPG file, 213.0K bytes)
The start of the run heading towards the trails (JPG file, 200.5K bytes)