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Something new for the
Acadian Festival

Evangeline area hosting road race on Sept. 2

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 24, 2017

WELLINGTON, P.E.I. – Kathleen Couture and Jenn MacWilliams have been running together for a couple of years now. MacWilliams decided it was time they volunteered for a local race.
“I said the heck with that, let’s put on our own,” said Couture.
They put their heads together and came up with the Acadian Festival Road Race, a 5K and 10K event held in the scenic Evangeline area, coinciding with the popular annual festival. The inaugural run will take place on Saturday, Sept. 2.
The event will also feature a free kids’ run, where every child gets a medal.

The inaugural Acadian Festival Road Race will take place in Wellington, P.E.I. on Saturday, Sept. 2. Preparing for the family event are (from left) Abigail MacWilliams, race directors Jenn MacWilliams and Kathleen Couture, and Chloe and Chaz Fraser.

Photo courtesy of Jenn MacWilliams

“Because we’ve done so many races before, we know what we like at each race,” said MacWilliams. “We kind of just picked out the parts we like. My favourite part of some of the races was where the kids ran beforehand, so that’s why we added the kids in.”
Starting and finishing at the Evangeline Recreation Centre, the route will head towards Egmont Bay, featuring scenic ocean views and mainly flat terrain.
Linking up with the Acadian Festival on the long weekend just made sense, according to MacWilliams.
“During the Acadian Festival, a lot of people from away come home, and a lot of people from around here come home because it’s a four-day celebration,” she said. “We thought it would be great to do it that weekend because there will be a lot of people in the Evangeline area, so we at least could be able to tie it in with something else and hopefully make it more successful.”
The two women have been taking care of all the preparations themselves, from medals to promotion to gathering all of the food and beverages for race day, much of which they acquired by donation from a supportive community.
They have also forged helpful partnerships with The Running Room and the PEI Roadrunners to help make it possible.
“We kind of made sure we linked up with enough people to make it successful,” said Couture.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Evangeline School Fundraising Committee, which is working on getting a new playground for the school.
As for the turnout, being a first-time event, the organizers have no idea what to expect. But they ordered plenty of medals for all, and are eager to learn, and promise this will be just the first of a new annual event in the community.
“We’re only doing it for fun,” said MacWilliams. “It’s to have a good time, to promote racing, to promote running, to promote health, and to do something for families. It started out as something to do for fun, but it’s actually something to be proud of because it’s real cool the way it’s all come together.”
For more on the Acadian Festival Road Race, visit here .