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September 19, 2008
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Island East 2008 Cycling Event Planned for Thanksgiving Weekend


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The Organizing Committee of Island Trails is pleased to announce the second annual three-day “Island East Cycling Event” during the 2008 Thanksgiving Weekend, October 11 to 13, 2008.

This scenic and recreational event is open to participants of all ages and will take place on the Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) Confederation Trail. It will guide participants through many of the beautiful communities along the eastern part of the Island during the colourful fall foliage at its peak.

“Tourism PEI is very happy to support Island Trails and the Island East Cycling Event this Thanksgiving Weekend,” said Honourable Valerie Docherty, Minister of Tourism. “I am confident this annual event will continue to gain in popularity each additional year it takes place. I had the pleasure of participating in it last year and it’s a great way to enjoy nature and our beautiful scenery.”

Jeremy Lewis, Chair for the Island East Tourism Group Inc. stated, “Members are very happy to sponsor this event with Island Trails and they look forward to welcoming all the cyclists to eastern PEI again this year. In total, over 33 Island businesses have supported this event to date.”

“I extend warm wishes to all event participants as they enjoy the scenery and hospitality of the Island,” said Denis Dunne, President of Island Trails and Chair of the Island East Cycle Event Committee. “I’d also like to thank our many sponsors, thank you for supporting our event.”

Participants can cycle part of the event or take in the full three-day event. Certified trail officers will accompany the participants each day. Entertainment, refreshments and many great prizes will also be drawn each day for participants.

The event officially begins on Saturday, October 11 at 11 a.m. leaving from St. Peter’s Bay, where participants will experience refreshments and a royal send-off. The 34 km ride will take participants to the seaside community of Souris for a reception. For those who wish to cycle a longer distance on day one, they may start at 9 a.m. from the village of Morell for an additional 11 km.

On Sunday, October 12, the day kicks off at 10 a.m. in Mount Stewart with refreshments. Participants will cycle through the historic communities of St Teresa and Cardigan to complete the 42 km journey to Montague the beautiful, for a reception and music provided by the town.

On Monday, October 13, the last day of the event, the participants will find themselves cycling in south eastern Queens County. Cyclists will leave from Iona at 10 a.m. for the 21 km to the finish line in Wood Islands. A number of off-Island cyclist are expected to utilize Northumberland Ferries to participate in the weekend event.

Participants and organizers will be in for a grand finale at 1 p.m. at Wood Islands. The morning receptions are being hosted by the Island East Tourism Group and the local communities. Island Trails is very appreciative of their help and assistance.

While participants have been encouraged to register early to take advantage of early prize draws, registrations will be accepted up until the day of the event. For more information about registration forms, please contact Grace Blackette at (902) 583-2412 or by visiting the Island Trails website at

For additional information, contact Denis Dunne by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 566-5974.

Media Contact: Julie Whitlock
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