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Five-mile tradition continues at Hashem’s Variety

Mount Edward Grocery Memorial run set for Sept. 24

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 22, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – It’s a little bit late, but it’s back.
The Mount Edward Grocery Memorial 5 Miler will take place in Charlottetown on Sunday, Sept. 24, a longstanding tradition at the popular Hashem’s Variety store on Fitzroy Street.
“Hashem is a very unique character in the P.E.I. running community, best known for Asics shoes,” said MacDonald. “People come from all over to buy shoes from his store because they are so well priced, and there is some character to buying them from Hashem.”
Now in his 70s, Salem Hashem, has a tremendous legacy and is known across the island’s running community.

The annual Mount Edward Grocery Memorial 5 Miler will take place in Charlottetown on Sunday, Sept. 24. Shown here are participants during last year’s event.

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He has hosted the Mount Edward Grocery 5 Miler for a few years since the death of his brother Amal in 2008. Amal hosted the five-mile run from his store, Mount Edward Grocery, for close to 30 years.
The run was in threat of being discontinued when Amal passed away, so Salem stepped in, according to MacDonald, who has been race director for the past five years. It is still named after Mount Edward Grocery to keep with tradition.
“The goal is just to continue the race year after year,” said MacDonald. “It’s been uninterrupted for the better part of 30-plus years, it’s not a big time commitment to organize, and it would be nice to not retire this event.”
Starting at Hashem’s Variety, the loop course includes part of Confederation Trail, bypasses the old Mount Edward Grocery store, and finishes back at Hashem’s.
“It’s fairly flat starting out, and the back half goes downhill slightly,” he said. “It’s a very fast course, with very fast times.”
Normally held in August, the event was pushed back a month due to MacDonald’s unavailability, as he was deep into studies for his CPA exams.
The turnout will depend largely on the weather, according to MacDonald.
“There’s a run in Summerside the day before, and that might take some runners from that area, but I anticipate 50-60 runners would be a successful turnout,” he said. “The forecast this weekend is sunny, so that will certainly help. A lot of people just like to come out and support Hashem.”
Proceeds from the event will go to the Triathlon PEI Kids of Steel program, for things like equipment purchases.
For more on the Mount Edward Grocery Memorial 5 Miler, visit here .