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A race along the island’s
Scenic Heritage Roads

Desmond Baglole run a challenging 15K course

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 23, 2017

NEW GLASGOW, P.E.I. – There are several dirt roads in Prince Edward Island, canopied with trees, which will always be dirt roads.
Quiet, with little traffic, these Scenic Heritage Roads are protected by the province from cement or asphalt.
Eleven years ago, Paul Baglole and his wife Pamela decided it would be a great idea to hold a run on some of these roads in the Millville/Fredericton area.
“Some of the runners (and cyclists), including me, would do runs in this area because it is scenic, quiet, and a tough hill-training route,” he said. “I talked to Francis Fagan, and we set up a 15K course, primarily on the Scenic Heritage Roads.”

The annual Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run will take place in New Glasgow, P.E.I. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Shown here are participants during last year’s run.

j. norman-bain photo

That run would become the Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run, which will take place this year on Saturday, Aug. 26. The run is held in memory of Paul’s father, who passed away in 1988 after a battle with cancer, and funds raised from the event go towards a bursary in his father’s name.
Desmond Baglole was a plumbing teacher at the vocational school in Summerside, now a part of Holland College. The bursary is given to a student in the plumbing program at that school.
“The goal is always to honour my father’s memory and to raise enough money for a bursary (in his name) for the plumbing student,” said Baglole. “We have met these goals every year and, for a few years, we even raised enough money for two bursaries.”
The run is put on each year by the Bagloles, with help from volunteers who look after water stops, first aid, registration, timing and other tasks.
Although the start and finish of the course are on pavement, the majority of the course is on the heritage dirt roads.
“The course is a loop with the same start/finish, and is quite challenging with many hills,” he said.
The biggest year for participation was 2012, when 86 runners came out. For this year’s run, Baglole would not venture a guess.
“We don’t know what the turnout will be, as registration is held right before the run,” he said. “Last year we had 57 runners, and it would be great if we had the same number this year.”
Course records are held by Mike MacKinnon (56:55 in 2016) and Jen Nicholson (1:03:07 in 2011).
For more on the Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run, visit here .