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School project becomes Honor Run

Annual event raises funds for cancer society

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 5, 2017

ABRAMS VILLAGE, P.E.I. – Ecole Evangeline teacher Dominique Morency suggested to her student council last year that they organize a community running event. It turned out they did not have time to do it, but the idea stuck in the mind of student Shelaine Gallant.
This year, Shelaine had the choice in one of her courses to write an exam, or create a community project, and she knew what she wanted to do.
“She came to me and wanted to know if the both of us could bring that idea to life,” said Morency. “She won’t write an exam this week and, as she says, she didn’t only invest herself in a run, but in a community cause that affects lots of people.”

Participants head out for The Honor Run in front of Ecole Evangeline in Abrams Village, P.E.I. on Saturday, June 3.

Photo by j. norman-bain

The result of Shelaine’s project was The Honor Run, which raised funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, and drew more than 60 runners to take part in 10K and 4K races, as well as a 1K kids’ run.
Morency and Shelaine were the two-person committee to plan the event, with logistical help from the Pei RoadRunners Club, and support from local businesses and organizations that donated money or draw prizes.
The event took place on Saturday, June 3, with 51 running the 4K and 16 opting for the 10K.
Randy MacNeill finished first in the 10K with a time of 39:30, followed by Alex Bain at 43:30, and Jan Griffin at 43:32. Top females were Jacinthe Jackson at 47:57, Shanice MacDonald at 55:00, and Marcia Arsenault at 58:49.
In the 4K, it was Darren Arsenault finishing first at 18:57, followed by top female Paige Lewis and Josh Arsenault tied at 19:47, and Julie Arsenault at 21:22. Paul Arsenault was the third male at 22:43, while Sam Lawlor was the third female at 22:47.
For complete results, see the PEI RoadRunners page here for the 4K and here for the 10K.
“Our run went fantastic,” said Morency, who said all the proceeds from the event would be presented to the cancer society at the local Relay for Life event held later on Saturday.
“It’s about raising money for the cause, and also we hope that we can inspire people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and have fun while attending our event,” she said. “It was also an opportunity for members of the community to gather and enjoy themselves.”