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A run through the forest

18th annual Fall Frolic returns to Souris on Saturday

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 5, 2017

SOURIS, P.E.I. – Kevin Brothers and the other Fall Frolic organizers used to hand out questionnaires to participants to get feedback on their event.
“We had to stop doing that because our heads were getting to big,” joked Brothers, race director of the annual event with his sister-in-law Kim Bailey. “People were always giving us these grand reports back, telling us it was their favourite race of the season.”
The popularity of the Fall Frolic cannot be denied. The event has been running for 17 years now, and usually draws a turnout of about 150 people. The 18th annual event will take place at the New Harmony Woodlot in Souris on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The 18th annual Fall Frolic will take place in Souris, P.E.I. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Shown here are participants during last year’s event.

j. norman-bain photo

“It started way back in the day when my supervisor wanted us to expose more of the public to our public forests in the province,” said Kevin Brothers, who works as a provincial forest supervisor. “My sister-in-law was fairly active with the PEI Roadrunners, so I approached her and we came up with this idea of a road race.”
The Fall Frolic is not an ordinary road race, in that it does not take place on paved roads. Starting and finishing at the woodlot, the 12.3K route travels one of the province’s scenic heritage roads, turns onto a secondary route and then connects to part of the province’s Rails to Trails sections, before coming back through the woodlot.
The 4.6K route heads over similar terrain in a different direction.
The run is followed by a complimentary barbecue, with plenty of prizes and food supplied by Bailey herself. Many door prizes and other items are donated by local businesses such as the Souris Co-Op, which also sends staff members to help with the barbecue and delivers a significant cash donation to the cause.
Proceeds from the Fall Frolic go to MacIntrye House, a community care and adult care facility in Souris.
“If we get a nice day, it’s beautiful,” said Brothers. “Only twice in 18 years it’s rained and been pretty sloppy.”
Brothers enlists the help of many co-workers from his department to help out with the event, serving as flaggers at the various intersections and being available for first aid at the water stations. Vehicles travel behind and in front of the runners, communicating by radio. A total of about 20-25 support workers are involved with the event.
Brothers is expecting another good turnout this year.
For more on the Fall Frolic, visit here .