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New route well received at Somerset Festival

Thirty-four runners take part in 10K/5K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 16, 2017

KINKORA, P.E.I. – The course was new and another distance was added, but the response remained favourable for this year’s Somerset Festival fun run/walk.
The annual event was held in Kinkora on Saturday, July 15, for the first time offering a 10K along with the traditional 5K run.
“It went very well,” said race director Karen Villard. “The weather was great, and all feedback was positive. Runners loved the route, which was new this year.”
The timed loop course featured 1.8K on the Confederation Trail, with the remainder along the road for both the 5K and 10K routes.

Participants set out on the annual Somerset Festival Fun Run in Kinkora, P.E.I. on Saturday, July 15.

Photo courtesy of Karen Villard

Thirty-four runners took part in this year’s event, which was sponsored by Seymour DesRoches Construction.
The Somerset Festival Fun Run was started in 2013 by village employee Andrea Picketts.
“It was started as part of our festival, for individuals and/or families to participate in,” said Villard, who took over the run last year. “It is held on the last Saturday of the festival. The goal of the run is for participants to enjoy a scenic run on our beautiful Confederation Trail.”
Last year Villard enlisted the help of the PEI Roadrunners and Go PEI, and this year she for the P.E.I. Running Room on board. The local fire department was also on hand to offer first aid.
An enticing bonus this year was the prize of a Confederation Bridge pass to the top 5K and 10K finishers.
“This is like gold to an Islander,” she said.
All funds raised will go back into the festival to pay for things like children’s events and fireworks.