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Five kilometres for the fisheries festival

‘Catch Me if You Can’ in Murray River July 21

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 17, 2017

MURRAY RIVER, P.E.I. – The Northumberland Fisheries Festival will take place officially on July 27-30, but its annual run will actually take place almost a week earlier.
The seventh annual Catch Me if You Can 5K Walk/Run will happen on the evening of Friday, July 21, and organizers are hoping for another great turnout.
“The goal for the run (and the festival) is to raise funds for the Northumberland Arena, our local rink,” explained Katelyn Johnston. “As with many other rural arenas, it has been struggling in recent years.
It is run by a board of directors, and the funds raised with the festival events help with the operation and maintenance of the facility, keeping it open for our community and minor hockey program,” she added.

The annual Northumberland Fisheries Festival Catch Me if You Can 5K Walk/Run will take place in Murray River, P.E.I. on Friday, July 21 at 6 p.m. Shown here is the start of the 2015 race.

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Johnston

The festival will be celebrating its 38th year this summer. The run was added just to offer another activity.
Although billed as a 5K, the course is a little bit longer than that, according to Johnston.
“It is a mix of road running and running on the very well maintained Confederation Trail,” she said. “It is mostly flat, and very scenic with a water view for part of it and lots of foliage.”
The event is sponsored by The Running Room, with prizes offered to the top youth and adult finishers.
“It is a fairly small event, compared to a lot of runs, but we usually have a great turnout with a lot of local participants, both young and old,” said Johnston. “We accept both runners and walkers, so we have a mix from babies in strollers right up to seniors. It’s a great family event.”
For more on the Catch Me if You Can 5K Run/Walk, visit here .