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15th annual Proude’s Shoes 5K coming up May 6

This year’s event to support Open Door Outreach

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 3, 2017

SHERWOOD, P.E.I. – Who better to host a running event than a shoe store?
Proude’s Shoes, in the Charlottetown suburb of Sherwood, P.E.I., has been doing it for the past 14 years, and will hold its 15th annual Proude’s Shoes 5K on Saturday, May 6.
“We wanted this run to appeal to not only seasoned runners who are looking for a fast run, but also those who are just starting to run,” said Kevin Proude, manager of the family business. “We felt a 5K wouldn’t be too intimidating for beginners.”

Runners take off in last year’s Proude’s Shoes 5K.

Photo by Janet Bain

The loop course takes runners through the quiet streets of Sherwood, beginning and ending at the shoe store area.
The annual event, held every year on the first Saturday in May, is sanctioned by the PEI Roadrunners Club.
“Over the years, our race has attracted anywhere from 90-150 runners, depending on the weather conditions,” said Proude.
Race registration fees go to a local charity each year, with this year’s proceeds going to Open Door Outreach, a humanitarian organization in downtown Charlottetown.
Top male and female runners this year will receive a new pair of Saucony running shoes, and prizes for second and third place will also be given out, along with draw prizes for all participants.
For more information on Proude’s Shoes 5K, visit here .