ANB Partners with GTECH Legs for Literacy
Moncton-Athletics New Brunswick is extremely happy to announce a partnership with New Brunswick’s largest road race, the GTECH Legs for Literacy.
The annual event, held this weekend in Moncton, attracts more than 3000 runners and walkers each year. Along with the road race, there will be also be more opportunities for kids and parents to participate at the race expo and family run walk event.This year Athletics New Brunswick (ANB) will be present at the Goodlife Fitness EXPO taking place on Saturday October 25th from 11am-5pm at the Delta Beausejour Hotel (750 Main Street, Moncton, NB). Individuals can come to our booth to learn about athletics for all ages in New Brunswick.
During the expo, ANB will also host a free Run Jump Throw Wheel (RJTW) session for kids ages 5-12 at 2:30. This session is open to all youth and will be done bilingually. Special invited coach for this event will be Stephanie Doiron New Brunswick high jump record holder, high performance team member and 2013 University de Moncton Female athlete of the year. Participants will automatically be entered to win one of 2 RJTW equipment bags (valued at over 350$ each ) and a special RJTW day for their schools!
ANB will also be assisting at the Co-Op Family Run Walk on Saturday. Cost for this event is 10$ and registration is from 9:15-10am. A 1km event for kindergarten to grade 4 students will start at 10am, followed by a 2km event for grade 5-8 students. A race number (bib), T-shirt, and medal will be presented to all participants! More information about the youth event, visit: http://legsforliteracy.com/en/home/theevent/funrun.aspx
About Athletics New Brunswick
Athletics is often mistaken to mean a variety of sports. It is actually the European term for Track and Field and its affiliated disciplines. Athletics is a year-round sport. The sport of running, jumping, and throwing events, is the oldest in the world, and is also the basis for all sports. The skills learned in Athletics can be used, to some degree, in all other sports.
Athletics New Brunswick (ANB) is the provincial organizing body for track and field, cross country running, race walking, and road racing. It is the official Branch of Athletics Canada. We offer programs to affiliated and non-affiliated participants annually, reaching some 8000 athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers across New Brunswick. We receive operational funding through the Sport, Recreation, and Active Living Branch of the Department of Municipalities, Province of New Brunswick.
About Run Jump Throw Wheel
Run Jump Throw Wheel (RJTW) is a national program developed by Athletics Canada that teaches fundamental movement skills and develops physical literacy. Using track and field inspired games, activities and skill challenges lead by instructors specifically trained to teach the fundamentals of running, jumping, throwing and wheeling (for children in wheelchairs).
Our goal is to provide a physical activity program that serves as a strong foundation for all sports. Run Jump Throw Wheel assists children in learning to move efficiently so that they grow into adults who are active, productive and healthy citizens.
About legs for Literacy
Legs for Literacy was started in 2000 by a small group of local runners and a team of enthusiastic volunteers. They saw a need for an event to raise funds for local school literacy programs. The first event included 5km and 10 km distances. Over the years the race grew to include the half marathon distance, and in 2005, the marathon distance was added. Due to amazing support from the running community and business sponsors, the race has grown from 268 total participants in 2005 (just 46 marathon finishers), to almost 800 total finishers in 2006, to last year’s registration total of approximately 3,000 runners.
Last year approximately 3,000 runners in total registered in four events: full marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k. Another 200 school-aged children competed in our kids fun run, which encourages children at the elementary and middle school levels to make healthy physical activity a part of their daily routine. And last year our charitable contributions to literacy projects totalled $90,000. To date we have raised $378,000. Join us in 2014 and help make Spielo International Legs for Literacy a continuing success.
Attend A Workshop
Getting trained as a Run Jump Throw Wheel Instructor or attending an information session is the first step to getting a program started in your community. Consult the calendar for upcoming instructor training workshops and information sessions near you.
Can’t make any of these workshops or want to train several instructors at once, consider hosting your own workshop!