Trappers' Running Club: Impact on Community Health
The Trappers’ Running Club (TRC) is a 100% voluntary effort in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador which began in 2008. Each year the TRC organizes a marathon and provides clinics to engage new running enthusiasts; currently targeting two new groups – youth and high risk. As a successful recipient of a Provincial Wellness Grant for the past three years, it is required to have an evaluation conducted by an external evaluator using the Circle of Health. However, members were not sure where to begin.
A search of the Internet and a phone call to The Quaich Inc. resulted in local NL partners organizing a workshop to introduce the Circle of Health. “Foundations for Working Together” a curriculum workshop of the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities was delivered in September 2011 to TRC and others in the area. With a better understanding of the Circle of Health, TRC contracted The Quaich Inc. to assess its health promotion approach and evaluate its progress using the Circle of Health methodology.