Run to raise money to help kids play sports

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Third annual Boardwalk Boogie set for Saturday morning

SUMMERSIDE – Marta Irvine feels all children should get the chance to play a sport.

Boardwalk Boogie organizers Edwin Gillis, left, and Marta Irvine thank Anson Carmody, representing event sponsor Simply For Life, for its support of the event. The six-kilometre run takes place Saturday.

That’s why three years ago she organized the first Boardwalk Boogie, a six-kilometre fundraising run that takes place on Summerside’s Baywalk.

An avid runner and athlete, who is heavily involved in soccer locally and provincially, Irvine put the run together after hearing the story of a youngster who wanted to play soccer but couldn’t afford the registration fees.

“I thought, you know what, why couldn’t I start something under the Boys and Girls Club so that any child that wanted to participate in a sport — it could be hockey, it could be baseball, it could be soccer or basketball — the Boys and Girls Club could pay for that child and that child could play,” said Irvine.

That first year, 70 people paid the $10 registration fee, money that went to the Summerside Boys and Girls Club, who distributed the funds to members in need.

The run grew to 80 participants last year, and the hope is to have at least 90 runners take part on Saturday.

Irvine has no idea how many children have gotten to play a sport thanks to the event since the money is distributed by the Boys and Girls Club.

Registration is at Shipyard Market at 8 a.m., with the run at 9. The run is a P.E.I. Roadrunners Association-sanctioned event. Registration is $10 per person.

“I thought, you know what, why couldn’t I start something under the Boys and Girls Club so that any child that wanted to participate in a sport — it could be hockey, it could be baseball, it could be soccer or basketball — the Boys and Girls Club could pay for that child and that child could play.” Boardwalk Boogie organizer Marta Irvine

The run goes on the section of boardwalk along Green’s Shore to the end of MacKenzie Drive and back to the Shipyard Market.

“It’s the most important thing for a human being to run, physically, and also for mental fitness,” said Irvine. “I believe in running. I believe in physical exercise. It’s a good way for kids to start with that.”

Walkers and runners of all ages and skill are welcome to participate.

Past winners were Connor McGuire and Alex Cyr.

Medals and door prizes will be presented following Saturday’s run.

Simply for Life Summerside is providing water and oranges to participants.

For more information, contact Irvine at 432-0082 or by email at mirvine@eastlink.ca, or Edwin Gillis at 432-4249 or by email at ejgillis@pei.sympatico.ca.

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Summerside Boys and Girls Club, P.E.I. Roadrunners Association, Life Summerside

Geographic location: Summerside

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