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Ralph Manning Memorial Run returns May 13

P.E.I. physiotherapist left lasting legacy

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 11, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – Runners will gather here again this weekend to pay tribute to one of Prince Edward Island’s most active and involved physiotherapists, who passed away in October of 2015.
The second annual Ralph Manning Memorial Run will be held on Saturday, May 13, and race director Blythe Martin is hoping to see the enthusiasm continue from last year’s inaugural event, which drew almost 500 participants.
Last year’s group included runners, walkers and some who wheeled across the finish line, many with stories about how Manning touched their lives.

Runners gather at the start line for last year’s inaugural Ralph Manning Memorial Run in Charlottetown. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 13.

Photo courtesy of Blythe Martin

“It was so touching to hear the stories of why people participated,” said Martin. “Ralph had such a lasting impact on so any of his former patients. Several people claimed that, if it weren’t for Ralph and his treatment/knowledge/guidance, they would not have been able to run.”
It was with that spirit in mind that the PEI Physiotherapy Association decided to put on the event in the first place, after a cardiac event took Manning’s life.
“We decided that something special should be done to honour Ralph’s memory and impact on the sport and physiotherapy communities of Prince Edward Island,” said Martin.
“We thought an active event of some sort would be best, and that a
walk/run/wheel would allow for the most participation, and that doing it in the month of May, which is National Physiotherapy Month, would be a good fit.”
The event includes 5K and 2.5K options, and the course, which goes through Victoria Park and downtown Charlottetown, also happens to be very flat and fast. Last year’s winner finished in under 17 minutes.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Kidsport PEI.
For more information on the Ralph Manning Memorial Run, visit here .