Run for school

First-ever Aca­dian Fes­ti­val Road Race to con­trib­ute to Evan­ge­line School play­ground up­grades

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

When Kath­leen Cou­ture of Rich­mond started run­ning about two and a half years ago, it was sim­ply to get in shape so she could keep up with her young grand­daugh­ter, who was run­ning ev­ery­where.

To­day, Cou­ture con­tin­ues to run to keep healthy and to serve as an ex­am­ple for her chil­dren and grand­child. As well, she wants to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity she grew up in and, more specif­i­cally, raise funds for planned up­grades to the Evan­ge­line School play­ground.

That’s why she and her sis­terin-law, Jen­nifer MacWil­liams of Welling­ton, who have par­tic­i­pated in a com­bined to­tal of about 50 races over the years, came up with the idea of or­ga­niz­ing the first-ever Aca­dian Fes­ti­val Road Race to be held on the morn­ing of Satur­day, Sept. 2.

These two mem­bers of the Run­ning Room and the P.E.I. Road­run­ners are invit­ing ev­ery­one to take part, by run­ning, walk­ing, go­ing the dis­tance in a wheel­chair or push­ing a stroller.

There are three chil­dren’s cat­e­gories for run­ners 12 and younger. Reg­is­tra­tion is free for these age groups, and their races will start at 9 a.m. at the Evan­ge­line Re­cre­ation Cen­tre in Abram-Vil­lage.

For the 5-kilo­me­tre walk/ run, which starts at 10 a.m., the reg­is­tra­tion fee is $25.

“This dis­tance may sound long for peo­ple who don’t usu­ally par­tic­i­pate in runs, but in re­al­ity, if you’ve al­ready shopped in a mall for more than 45 min­utes at a time, you’ve cov­ered more than five kilo­me­tres,” says Cou­ture. “All you re­ally need to par­tic­i­pate is light cloth­ing and com­fort­able footwear.”

The 10-kilo­me­tre run, which has a $35 reg­is­tra­tion fee, is aimed at those who are used to run­ning. It kicks off at 10:15 a.m.

For de­tails about reg­is­ter­ing or vol­un­teer­ing for the event, con­tact coursea­ca­ or visit www.face­book. com/coursea­ca­dien.

MacWil­liams, who has been run­ning for six or seven years, notes that if this “com­mu­nity happy event” turns out to be a suc­cess, she and Cou­ture will make it an an­nual race. Each year, the pro­ceeds would be do­nated to a lo­cal wor­thy cause, prob­a­bly al­ways re­lated to chil­dren and youth.

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The first-ever Aca­dian Fes­ti­val Road Race will raise funds for a ma­jor up­grade to the Evan­ge­line School play­ground. Seen pre­par­ing for the Sept. 2 event are, from left, young vol­un­teer Abi­gail MacWil­liams, her mother, race co-di­rec­tor Jen­nifer MacWil­liams, co-di­rec­tor Kath­leen Cou­ture and her two young close friends, Chloe and Chaz Fraser.

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