September 29, 2009
For immediate release
10th Annual Fall Frolic Road Race sets for Souris October 10
Environment, Energy & Forestry
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The run – a partnership of the department and the Roadrunners – has been a Thanksgiving tradition since its founding in 1999.
That first year, the Fall Frolic was attended by 51 runners and the numbers have grown each year since then. Now there is a hard-core group of between 70 and 80 runners who attend the event.
In order to provide both a family-oriented run and a course challenging enough to meet the Roadrunners criteria, the fall frolic includes two courses.
The main course is 12.3 km long and takes the runner over the heritage road in New Harmony and then along a section of the Confederation Trail. The runners then go back along the heritage road and enter the Provincial Forest Demonstration woodlot for the sprint to the finish.
The shorter 4.6 km course was laid out for up and coming runners, joggers and walkers. To emphasize the family nature of this course, a number of parents come complete with baby strollers. The short course takes the runners south along Route 303 for 2 kilometers and then the runners enter the Demonstration woodlot for the final half of the race.
For the past 8 years, all money that has been raised through entry fees has been donated to MacIntyre House, a non-profit group home that is located in Souris. MacIntyre House is a seven-bed facility that is now housed in the former RCMP building.
This year, the run will be held on October 10, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and both runs will beginning at 10 a.m. Entry fees are $10. A barbecue will be held after the run. Door prizes will be drawn for, thanks to the support of the many local sponsors in the area.