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Marlin Fun Run to kick off long weekend

Event raising funds for Morell school wellness centre

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 12, 2017

MORELL, P.E.I. – Most running events around here are either on Saturday or Sunday mornings. That’s one of the reasons Tyler Read wanted to have the Marlin Fun Run on a Friday evening.
The fourth annual fundraiser for the Morell Regional High School will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, kicking off the Victoria Day weekend in style for Island runners.
Read was also thinking about those runners who are planning to participate in the following weekend’s Cabot Trail Relay Race.

Participants line up for last year’s Marlin Fun Run in Morell, P.E.I. This year’s event will take place on the evening of Friday, May 19.

Photo courtesy of Tyler Read

“I wanted to give any Islanders, or anyone who wanted to come over for the long weekend to P.E.I., an opportunity to run in the evening or a different time other than morning,” he explained. “Most Cabot Trail legs are in the 14-20K range, so our 15K would be roughly around the same distance. It’s not as hilly, but I thought it might appeal to those preparing for the Cabot Trail as a nice little training run.”
The Marlin run, named for the school’s mascot, will feature not only the 15K race, but also a 10K run and a 5K run/walk. The 5K and 10K will include some rolling hills, while the 15K will have some tougher climbs. The 15K will ne included in the PEI RoadRunners Club’s point series.
Proceeds from the event will go towards a new fitness room for the school.
“It’s always been a fundraiser for the school,” said Read. “This year we’re fundraising for a wellness room. We have the space available, but are just trying to get the money together to spruce it up and make it into a nice fitness area.”
Previous years have seen the event draw around 50 participants, and Read is hoping to see that grow this year to 60-70 or more.
The event will also feature draw prizes, music and a post-run barbecue.
For more information on the Marlin Fun Run, visit here .