Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Fit Families & Friends

With the support of a Special Olympics Healthy Communities grant, the Golisano Foundation, and our ongoing Provincial Partners, Special Olympics BC is continuing to expand our health programming. One component of this is running Fit Families & Friends programming with the help of the Golisano Foundation Healthy Communities grant! This is a great opportunity for SOBC athletes to get out with their families, friends, and social supports to meet as a group and exercise together in fun ways while sharing health and nutrition tips, creating an engaging environment to encourage each other and meet health goals together.

Groups meet for weekly walks/hikes or other fun and healthy activities, and together enjoy healthy snacks that can easily be made at home. In summer 2017, programs are running in:

To get involved, please click the links above or contact SOBC's Ashten Black by email or by phone at 604-737-3081.

Team members are welcome to join the Facebook groups to keep cheering each other on: Prince George || Sunshine Coast || Kelowna

In summer 2016, the inaugural participants in Prince George, Kelowna, and the Sunshine Coast showed wonderful dedication to being active and healthy together, and they had a blast! Together they walked, ran, and hiked more than 2,100 kilometres in the summer of 2016 (read more below and in this summer recap story).

2016 SOBC Fit Families & Friends

Prince George

SOBC – Prince George piloted the Fit Families & Friends program this summer. They walked together throughout the summer and plan to continue into the fall. Each week they walk University Hill, which is three kilometres up and three back down. As of September 7, the Prince George group had 52 participants in total, including 14 athletes and 38 supporters, and had walked a total of 1,417 kilometres. 

Special Olympics BC Prince George Fit Families & Friends

Sunshine Coast

SOBC – Sunshine Coast ran the Fit Families & Friends program for eight weeks throughout the summer. They had 22 participants in total, including 10 athletes and 12 were supporters. Each Thursday the group walked and ran their local track. The athletes were encouraged to add to their total kilometres so several also participated in local runs. The group ran/walked a total of 226 kilometres. Here's how they did in relation to the distance between them and the Prince George Fit Families & Friends group:

Sunshine Coast Fit Families & Friends


SOBC – Kelowna’s Fit Families & Friends group ran for a total of six weeks, and they are talking about restarting the program in summer 2017. Kelowna had a total of 39 participants, including 15 supporters and 24 athletes. In total the group walked/ran/hiked 599.5 kilometres on the Mission Creek Greenway Trails. Four of the participants made the 50-minute drive in from Vernon every week to participate in Fit Families & Friends! The group also welcomed one person who is now interested in joining SOBC – Kelowna this fall, and one past athlete who has now reconnected with the Local, which is terrific.

Kelowna Fit Families & Friends final

All together

Together their goal was to walk the distance from B.C. to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, host of the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games!