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Racing to Read in Montague

Multi-distance event to support local library

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 29, 2017

MONTAGUE, P.E.I. – Healthier minds make for healthier people, according to Grace Dawson.
The race director of this weekend’s Racing to Read event says it is not just a fundraiser for the local library and its programs, but also a means to promote the link between physical and mental fitness.
“When people look after their physical health, their cognitive abilities improve as well, and vice-versa,” said Dawson. “In addition, as a public library we are always focused upon community and finding programming opportunities to bring the community together.”

The second annual Racing to Read run/walk will take place in Montague, P.E.I. on Sunday, Sept. 3. Shown here are participants during last year’s inaugural run.

Photo courtesy of Grace Dawson

It is with that goal in mind that the organizers of the event, which will take place in Montague, P.E.I. on Sunday, Sept. 3, are offering distances for all ages and fitness levels. Participants will choose from either the half marathon, 10K or 5K run, while walkers will also have a 2.5K option.
All participants receive a unique “Library Card” medal.
All routes start and finish at the Cavendish Wellness Centre, with the half marathon going as far as the end of Lower Montague, over a relatively flat course with beautiful ocean views. The other routes go through the Town of Montague, with the 10K including a portion of the Confederation Trail.
All proceeds from the second-year event will go towards the Montague Rotary Library, and literacy programming in Eastern Prince Edward Island.
Dawson is hoping for a good turnout.
“Like most races, at the end of the day it all depends on the weather and Mother Nature, but we are expecting between 50-60 people,” she said. “Of course, we always hope for more.”
For more on the Racing to Read run/walk, visit here .