Spirit Runner is a FREE app that tracks physical activity and honours Aboriginal culture. It was designed & tested based on the input of Aboriginal youth, artists and youth leaders. The youth shared the importance of developing an app to reflect their culture. In essence, they wanted the app to feel like it “belonged” to them.

Spirit Runner utilizes new technology:

• Records over 30 types of activities
• Provides GPS, Pedometer and Stopwatch  functions
• Includes hundreds of motivational quotes
• Email\text\tweet workouts & quotes to coaches & friends
• Achievement badges are awarded when goals are met

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The art was created by local Edmonton Aboriginal artist, Jessica Desmoulin. The opening screen design speaks to the youth and reinforces its purpose, to motivate and engage Aboriginal youth to be active. In Jessica’s words, “The picture means young and spirited. The hare represents the female spirit and the fox the male and they are racing. Behind them is an eagle feather.” The four tabs at the bottom of the opening screen are represented by a bison, fox, raven and bear, and the background colour represents the four seasons. Two comments stand out from a 10 and 11-year-old:  “The art is bright, proud and spiritual.” “It is calming, down to earth and spirit-lifting.”

Motivational Quotes

Hundreds of inspirational quotes by Athletes & World Leaders:

“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” – Chief Seattle

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan

“The native concept of power is how much you can empower people around you.”                 – Waneek Horn-Miller

“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” – Henry David Thoreau

Spirit Runner was launched in 2013 with terrific coverage on TV, radio and print. Here’s 2 articles:



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