An­niver­sary run

Dunk River Road Race cel­e­brates 40th edi­tion on Sun­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

A special an­niver­sary is fast ap­proach­ing for a sum­mer tra­di­tion in Be­d­eque.

The 40th run­ning of the Call­beck’s Home Hard­ware Dunk River Road Race will take place on Sun­day.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 11.6-kilo­me­tre event will take place at the Be­d­eque Area Recre­ation Cen­tre from 7:45-8:45 a.m.

The cost is $20 per run­ner, and $15 for youth 19 and un­der.

The race will be­gin at 9 a.m. with the start and fin­ish line at the Mount Mo­riah Ma­sonic Lodge, lo­cated at the junc­tion of High­way 1A and Route 171 in Be­d­eque.

The course pro­ceeds coun­ter­clock­wise via Route 171 (Dunk River Road) and Route 110 (Mill Road) to High­way 8 (Free­town Road).

The run con­tin­ues onto Route 1A un­til the fin­ish line.

The first Dunk River race took place in 1978, and was held in Novem­ber un­til 1985.

The race hap­pened in Septem­ber from 1986 to 1989, be­fore set­tling into its cur­rent July slot in 1990.

Billy Mac­Don­ald, with a time of 42 min­utes 20 sec­onds (42:20), was the top over­all fin­isher in 2016 while Pat Ellis (1:00:37) was the top fe­male run­ner.

Race or­ga­nizer Paul Wright has an­nounced Bill Call­beck, who was the owner/op­er­a­tor of the Calle­beck’s store at its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion in Be­d­eque and the race’s orig­i­nal spon­sor, has agreed to act as race starter.

Wright also noted there will be a cel­e­bra­tory cake to mark the an­niver­sary, along with the usual plaques, tro­phies and medals to the top male and fe­male run­ners in dif­fer­ent age di­vi­sions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Wright by email at xc­skin­utpw@pei.sym­pa­, or call 902-888-9831.

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