The Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run has become a family affair, attracting runners of all ages and fitness levels. After receiving positive feedback on the addition of the 2KM event last year we are pleased to be offering two run distances again this year. Participants can choose from 2KM or 4KM’s depending on their age or fitness level.  All participants will receive a T-shirt and medal and the opportunity to celebrate active, healthy living with thousands of other children and youth.

This event is suitable for children and youth 15 years and younger. Adults do not register for the youth event.


Race Details

  • Date: 05/21/2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Distance: 2 KM and 4 KM
  • Please note: The youth routes have been rounded up to the nearest kilometer for signage and promotional purposes. Remember, it is a fun run!

Course Information

Start line is located on Sackville Street, near Queen. Fabulous viewing location on the south side of Halifax Citadel. Spectator entrance to Scotiabank Centre for the Youth Run Celebration Zone is only available through the large service door off Duke Street on the north side of Scotiabank Centre.

To view the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run 4 KM route map within your own MapMyRun account or App, and to compare your times with others, bookmark the route after logging into MapMyRun.

A print-friendly version of the 4 KM route map is available here.

A print-friendly written description of the 4 KM route is available here.

To view the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run 2 KM route map within your own MapMyRun account or App, and to compare your times with others, bookmark the route after logging into MapMyRun.

A print-friendly version of the 2 KM route map is available here.

A print-friendly written description of the 2 KM route is available here.

Doctors Nova Scotia

doctorsns_sDoctors Nova Scotia is proud to be the official race sponsor of the Youth Run for the 13th consecutive year. Your doctors  are passionate about helping Nova Scotians live healthy and active lives. Doctors Nova Scotia’s award-winning Kids’ Run Club is a great example of doctors’ commitment to helping improve the health of Nova Scotians. In fact, many of Myles’ young runners begin training for the Youth Run through the Doctors Nova Scotia Kids’ Run Club. This free, school-based running program educates children about the importance of leading a physically active and healthy life while giving them an opportunity to be active through running.

Doctors across the province congratulate all of the Youth Run participants and their families on their commitment to living an active life! We can’t wait to see you all at the finish line!

CABCO Youth FINALCabco Communications Group Youth Bursary

Doctors Nova Scotia and Blue Nose recognize the importance of removing financial barriers that prevent children from participating in the Youth Run. We are delighted Cabco Communications Group has made a commitment to support families through the Cabco Helping Kids Get to the Line Program, providing up to 150 free registration spots for the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run. The bursary program will be coordinated through the Doctors Nova Scotia Kids’ Run Club. Click here for a CABCO Bursary Application.

Course Information

The Youth Run is a non-timed, participatory event that allows for the participation of adults with strollers/baby joggers. However, for safety reasons, these participants must position themselves at the back of the pack. Adults who accompany their young runners on course are not required to register for the youth run.

Personalized Bibs

Once again, personalized bibs are available for the Youth Run. By registering prior to May 1, 2016 your FIRST name will appear on your bib! All participants, regardless of registration date, receive a race bib. And of course, your race kit also contains 4 safety pins for ease of attachment of your bib.
You’re invited to mark your Bib with the number of years you’ve been a Blue Nose participant!

Youth Run – Tee Shirt Slogan

It’s back and more popular than ever. Last year we had 400 entries on Facebook and the slogan “You Nose you Can!” was selected.  Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s winner!

Finish Line Photography


Smile!  While you’re going through the Finish Line, we’ll be capturing that very special moment so that you can have a lifetime memento of your ‘race to the finish’. Especially for year #13!

Youth Run Celebration Party

Saturday May 21, 2016  NOON – 1pm

As many as 4,000 kids plus their family, friends and ‘fans’ will enjoy a one-hour Celebration Party on the floor of Scotiabank Centre.  Don’t miss the fun..!

Youth Run FAQs

Question: Are there age limits for the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run?


The Youth Run is open to children and youth 15 years and under as long as the parent feels they can complete the run distance (2KM or 4KM). Youth 16 and older are encouraged to register for the 5KM unless there are special circumstances.

Question: What time do we need to arrive for the run?


If you haven’t picked up your kit (shirt and running bib), you should arrive at the kit pick-up area before 9:30 am on Saturday. All runners must be at the start line on Sackville Street at 10:40 am.

Question: Where can I park?


Parking will be available at the Halifax Waterfront, Centennial pool and various other parking lots close to the Scotiabank Centre. Metro Transit is offering free bus and ferry services to any runner with a Blue Nose bib – simply show it to your driver as you enter. Accompanying family members without bibs will be required to pay.

Question: Can I run the 4KM even though I registered for the 2KM?


Yes. Youth are asked to indicate their run distance when registering but can make their final decision of what distance to run on the day of the event.

Question: Can I run with my child?


We recognize that for safety, age, or other requirements, an adult may want to run with their child and we leave this to the parent/guardian’s discretion. If there are no special requirements, we encourage adults to cheer for all youth run participants from the sidelines. Parents who accompany their children on the run DO NOT REGISTER as runners (do not receive a T-shirt or medal).

Question: Can my child walk instead of run?


Yes. Children are encouraged to complete the route by running, running or jogging/walking, or walking; this is not a timed event.

Question: Can I take my younger child with me?


Yes, as long as they are registered for the event. For safety reasons, parents with younger children in strollers are asked to position themselves at the back of the group.

Question: Can I meet my child at the finish line?


Spectators are not allowed to enter the finish line area unless they are already running with their children. This rule is in place for the safety of the children. The children will be directed into the Scotiabank Centre upon finishing and receiving their medals. Spectators/parents are encouraged to enter the Scotiabank Centre via the North doors (Duke Street) and meet their children at a pre-arranged spot such as the coloured meeting zones in the stands.

Question: How am I going to know where to meet my child after the race?


After receiving their finisher’s medal, children are directed into the Scotiabank Centre. The seating in the lower bowl has been organized by “Coloured Meeting Zones” (Purple, Green, Orange and Blue).
Within each coloured zone, the sections have been broken down alphabetically so runners can meet by the first letter of their school name. Please make sure you and your child know the colour zone and section where you will meet before heading to the start. For children not running with a school, please arrange a meeting area inside the Scotiabank Centre with your child prior to the run. A floor plan and list of meeting areas will be available at the Kit Pickup Area and on the floor of the Scotiabank Centre. We have established a Lost Kids Area with a team of volunteers wearing “Forest Green” shirts in the Scotiabank Centre. If parents and children are not able to find each other in the designated zones in the stands, they should go to the Lost Kids Area in Section 13 or find a volunteer wearing a Green Lost Kids Volunteer shirt.

Question: What happens after the run? Will food be provided for the children?


All participants and family members are invited into the Scotiabank Centre for the post-run celebration. Refreshments consisting of water, juice and fruit will be provided for runners only. We then encourage everyone to go back outside to cheer on other runners as they cross the finish line. Please be mindful of not crossing the race course in front of runners approaching the finish.

Question: Can I pick up a friend’s kit for them?


Yes, however please make sure they’re aware that you’re doing this!

Question: Are there bathrooms on the route?


Portable toilets will be set up at the finish line and there are public washrooms at the Halifax Commons, near the water stop and in the Scotiabank Centre.

Question: My child’s shirt doesn’t fit; can I exchange it?


Every effort will be made to provide the appropriate size shirt, however, quantities are limited and we regret that we may not be able to accommodate you. If there are shirts remaining at the end of the run Saturday morning, you may be able to exchange an unworn shirt for another size at the shirt exchange table by the registration area in the WTCC. We encourage you to pick up your child’s race kit early so you receive the shirt size selected in the registration process. To help you, a t-shirt sizing chart is now available in the registration section of

Question: What precautions have you taken to ensure safety on the route?


The entire route has many course marshals wearing YELLOW volunteer shirts. At no time will a youth runner will be alone along the route. Medical Personnel identified by RED Volunteer shirts are also on the route. There will also be medics on bicycles patrolling the course during the race.

Question: What happens if my child cannot finish the race?


There are designated vehicles that follow the race participants and they will pick up runners that are unable to finish and bring them to the Scotiabank Centre. If the child is not able to finish due to medical reasons there are ambulances onsite at the run. Ensuring you have written your phone number on the back of your child’s bib will help us locate you as quickly as possible in the event your child experiences any difficulties.

Question: Where is the best place to take photos of my child?


Citadel Hill provides an excellent vantage point for taking photos. Professional photographers will be snapping photos at the finish which can be purchased online (using your child’s bib number) at In addition, photo opportunities are also available inside the Scotiabank Centre with the Blue Nose Marathon mascot, Myles.