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Halloween Hustle marking
10th anniversary

Kensington event to award new scholarship

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 20, 2017

KENSINGTON, P.E.I. – Kensington Intermediate Senior High School will be handing out a new scholarship next year, all thanks to the annual Halloween Hustle.
The one-time scholarship will be awarded to a student who helps to promote health and wellness to others around them, be it family, friends, their school or their community. The value of the scholarship will depend on how many people attend this year’s Halloween Hustle, which will mark its 10th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 28.
“The goal is to encourage Islanders to become more active and to have fun while doing it,” said Lynn Anne Hogan. “With a big focus on family, this event encourages participation from all.”

Lynn Anne Hogan (left) and Ronda Bellefontaine started the Island Girls running club and the Halloween Hustle in Kensington, P.E.I. 10 years ago. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Photo courtesy of Lynn Anne Hogan

It was with a similar spirit that Hogan and Ronda Bellefontaine formed a running group called the Island Girls in 2008, after completing a series of Learn to Run programs. The group went on to deliver a number of those programs in the community themselves, and has participated in numerous races.
The Island Girls also decided to bring a race to their community, and the Halloween Hustle was born. The course is a flat out-and-back on the Confederation Trail in Kensington, starting and finishing at the Kensington Train Station.
“The Hustle is a family-focused event comprised of a 2K walk and a 5K run,” explained Hogan.
“Funds raised from the event are used to help local charities such as the IWK, Camp Triumph, and have also been used to purchase snowshoes that can be signed out for free from the local Fitplex.”
In celebration of the 10th anniversary, 100 per cent of this year’s proceeds will go to the scholarship.
The event encourages participation from all levels, according to Hogan, who said their biggest turnout was about 130 participants.
“There is also a prize for the best costume, and the costumes are impressive,” she said.
For more on the Halloween Hustle, visit here.