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Ten years of helping Mikinduri

Annual Stratford run taking place Sept. 10

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 7, 2017

STRATFORD, P.E.I. – It’s a long way from Stratford, P.E.I. to Mikinduri, Kenya, but for the past 10 years a local run has been helping to bring them closer together.
The annual Stratford Rotary Run for Mikinduri will mark its 10th anniversary with this year’s event, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10.
All proceeds go to the Mikinduri Children of Hope Foundation, an outreach organization formed in Prince Edward Island to help relieve the effects of poverty in Kenya. Over the years it has helped with such initiatives as rebuilding schools, providing lunches, and bringing doctors and dentists to serve communities in need there like Mikinduri, a town north of Nairobi.
The run was started by the Stratford Rotary Club in 2007, and has been a major contributor to the foundation ever since.

The 10th anniversary Stratford Rotary Run for Mikinduri will take place in Stratford, P.E.I. on Sunday, Sept. 10. Shown here are participants during last year’s event.

Photo by j. norman-bain

“The goal of the foundation this year is to raise $10,000, between what we raise and their other fundraising,” explained race director Sandy McMillan. “We will raise probably close to $3,000, and they will come up with the other $7,000.”
The race itself includes a challenging 15K race over some hilly terrain through Stratford, matched with the area’s beautiful coastal scenery, and a 5K through park and trail surfaces.
“The 15K is quite remarkable,” said McMillan. “A lot of people use it as a tune-up for the P.E.I. Marathon in October. It’s very pretty.”
Formerly a tradition of the Labour Day weekend, the run was moved back a week last year, a move that worked out well, according to McMillan.
“After we got through the one last year, a lot of club members said it was easier to do it the weekend after Labour Day,” she said. “There are not as many competing interests for us or the runners, and it’s easier to get volunteers.”
The event has seen as many as 80-90 participants, and had about 50 taking part last year. McMillan is hoping to get that number back this year, or even more.
For more on the Stratford Rotary Run for Mikinduri, visit here .