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To the island and back

Annual Red Sea Run to support Camp Seggie

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 6, 2017

RICE POINT, P.E.I. – Few can say they have ever run to an island and back. Last year, about 100 people did it here, and organizers of the second annual Red Sea Run are hoping for even more this year.
The event is a fundraiser for Camp Seggie, a Christian summer camp in Rice Point, which happens to be in the perfect location to host this unique race.
“Two-and-a-half kilometres off the shore of Camp Seggie, there is an island called St. Peters Island,” said race director Kristyn MacKenzie. “At low tide you are able to walk across to this island. Over the years, staff and campers have had the chance to go to this island.”

The second annual Red Sea Run will take place in Rice Point, P.E.I. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Shown here are participants during last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Kristyn MacKenzie

In spring of last year, the idea of holding a fundraising race to the island developed, and the inaugural event took place in September of 2016.
Participants have the option of running the 5K to the island and back, or all the way around the island for the 10K challenge. Youngsters can also take part in the 300m “Sandbar Dash.”
Other free family activities will include rock climbing, and a giant foam pit.
“All the funds from the Red Sea Run go towards our Camper Sponsorship Fund, which allows Island children to experience the adventure of summer camp every year,” said MacKenzie. “Each summer, over 100 kids benefit from this fund.”
This year’s goal is to have 150 participants, and to raise $8,000.
For more on the Red Sea Run, visit the Facebook page here .