Friday, September 21, 2007

Fall Frolic Set for New Harmony

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2007

Fall Frolic Set for New Harmony

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI -- A unique event that takes runners, hikers and walkers through a scenic fall forest setting, the Provincial Forest Fall Frolic is set for October 6 at the New Harmony Demonstration Woodlot near Souris.

Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry George Webster says the Fall Frolic is a great way for Islanders to enjoy the provincial forest lands in eastern Prince Edward Island.

"Our provincial forests offer many recreational possibilities year-round. But October is a particularly beautiful time of year to visit these properties because of the spectacular fall colours," the Minister said.

The Fall Frolic is hosted by the Prince Edward Island Roadrunners Club and the Provincial Forest Section of the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry.

There are two courses. The shorter 4.6 kilometre course is perfect for beginning runners, joggers and walkers - including families with baby strollers. The longer course is 12.3 kilometres and takes the runner over the Scenic Heritage Road in New Harmony, along a section of the Confederation Trail, and then back along the Scenic Heritage Road to the demonstration woodlot and the sprint to the finish.

The course was designed in 1999 by Kim Bailey of the Roadrunners Club and Kevin Brothers of the Provincial Forest Section. They set out to create a family-oriented event that would also challenge runners so that points could be awarded by the Roadrunners Club. Drawing 51 runners the first year, the Provincial Forest Fall Frolic, has grown each year since then. There is now a hard core group of between 70 and 80 runners who participate in the event. Their dedication was clearly demonstrated in 2005 when wet conditions failed to put a damper on the day.

"The community nature of the Fall Frolic is something we strive to accomplish each year," said Kim Bailey. "For the past five years, the registration fees have been donated to MacIntyre House, a non-profit group home that is located in Souris."

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and both runs begin at 10 a.m. Entry fees are $9 for Roadrunner members and $10 for non-members. A barbecue will be held after the run and, thanks to local sponsors, there will be a draw for door prizes.

For more information on the Provincial Forest Fall Frolic, call the Eastern Forest District Office at (902) 961-7296.


Issued at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island by Island Information Service. For more information, please contact Ken Mayhew , Environment, Energy & Forestry by email at or phone (902) 368-6450.

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