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Two locations for P.E.I. Walk/Run for Alzheimer’s

Charlottetown, Summerside hosting June 4 events

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 2, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince Edward Islanders can either walk or run in support of the Alzheimer Society on Sunday, and they can do it in one of two locations.
Both Charlottetown and Summerside will be hosting the Walk & Run for Alzheimer’s on June 4, a combination of simultaneous events that has worked well for a few years now, according to Kate Shreenan, administrative and events coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of PEI.
“It’s quite a lot of planning to do it for two, because we are a small team here at the Alzheimer Society,” said Shreenan. “But Summerside always rocks it. They always raise more money, so we can’t just centralize it and have one.”

Shown here are participants in last year’s Walk & Run for Alzheimer’s in Prince Edward Island. This year’s event will be hosted in Charlottetown and Summerside on Sunday, June 4.

Photo courtesy of Alzheimer Society of PEI

Both events are 5K walk/runs, although only the Charlottetown event is officially timed by the PEI RoadRunners.
Both events take place along the waterfronts of the two cities. The Summerside route starts at the Shipyard Market, heading 2.5K up the boardwalk and back. The Charlottetown route starts at Confederation Landing, proceeding along city streets to the boardwalk along the Victoria Park Roadway and back.
Both routes are flat and accessible for all, according to Shreenan.
“We’re excited,” she said. “We usually get pretty good weather, and it’s our second largest fundraiser.”
The goal is to raise awareness and funds for the cause.
Money raised goes towards programs and services in the local community that improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their families, and support activities like education and public awareness.
Participants can register online by visiting walkpei.ca, or they can register on site on the day of the event. The Charlottetown event usually draws around 70 participants, while Summerside brings in around 60, according to Shreenan. However, numbers could be affected this year due to local long-term care facilities holding their own separate events at later dates instead of transporting residents to take part in the public events.
Those taking part this year are asked to wear blue as the official colour for the cause, while funny outfits are also encouraged.
For more on the Walk & Run for Alzheimer’s, visit here .