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October 12, 2007
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Thanksgiving Weekend Cycling Event a Great Success


A new cycling event for Prince Edward Island staged over the Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be a wonderful success for everyone involved. Final registration numbered 130 and participants took part in either the entire three-day event or chose to join in for one or two days. Islanders and visitors of all ages and skill levels travelled through the Eastern PEI trail system savouring the fall colours and communities along the way.

Minister of Tourism, Valerie Docherty said, “Island Trails is doing a great job of promoting the Confederation Trail as an outstanding outdoor venue, particularly by organizing events such as this cycling event. It was such a great way to get some exercise, while at the same time being able to enjoy our beautiful Island. I thoroughly enjoyed taking part, and was pleased to see so many others participating, including my colleagues, the Honourable Richard Brown, Minister of Development & Technology, and MLA Cynthia Dunsford. I am sure everyone enjoyed the fall foliage along the trail, and I will be eagerly awaiting taking part in the event again next year.”

Island Trails received resounding response from everyone involved. A few comments provided included: “With one hundred and thirty participants signed up, the 2007 Island East Thanksgiving Weekend Cycling Event was a huge success. To our many volunteers, sponsors, host community organizations and participants, we say thank you for making our event such a success,” said Elmer Hynes, New Hampshire. “What a great way to spend the Thanksgiving weekend, we’ll be back with many friends next year,” said Gerrit Moleman, Dieppe NB.

Six communities provided receptions with Murray Harbour and Elmira providing entertainment at day’s end. Ten volunteer Trail Officers accompanied participants along the way with one of the volunteers capturing the three days in photos which are available on the Island Trails website

Grace Blackette, Program Coordinator for Island Trails said, “I see this event as a winner for Eastern PEI, the Confederation Trail, Tourism on PEI, participants, communities and Island Trails. What better way to appreciate our Island’s natural beauty and welcoming communities along the trail in the midst of the colourful fall foliage. We are looking forward to organizing the event again next year.”

Island Trails is the nonprofit, non-government organization which promotes trail development and trail care as well as host/coordinator of various trail events. The group is governed by a volunteer board with representation from across the province.

Media Contact: Sherry MacDougall
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