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Jose Pauig, from left, support cyclist. joins runners Taylor Jenkins, Cory Babiak and Sam Edwardes in the water off North Cape Monday as they prepare to run across P.E.I. in six days.
Three runners and a support cyclist are running across P.E.I. now in support of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.
Cory Babiak, Sam Edwards and Taylor Jenkins began with a 10-kilometre jog from Tignish into the trail to set things up for Tuesday’s start. They plan to run the full length of the Confederation Trail by this Sunday, which they note is like seven marathons in six days.
The goal is to raise $10,000 for the Jumpstart charity that helps kids participate in organized sports.
They will tent along the way, camping wherever the day ends. Carrying their gear on a bicycle is Jose Pauig, who joined at the last minute to fill a vacancy on the team.
Babiak, 19, was born in Halifax but grew up in Ontario. He is back in Atlantic Canada attending Dalhousie.
Edwards, 20, grew up with Babiak in Ontario. Last year they together raised $15,000 with a cross-Canada bicycle trip for cancer research.
Jenkins, 20 is a Canadian with roots in Chicago. He is a student at Dalhousie where he and Taylor are commerce students.
Pauig is from the Philippines, is now living in Halifax, but knows Edwards from their time at Queens university.
The cross-Canada tour of Babiak and Edwards drew them to P.E.I. for this fundraiser.
“This time they wanted to dig a little deeper into the provinces and it’s a really beautiful one to pick and I see why they did it,” said Pauig.
People can support the fundraiser through the website http://www.miles4memoriesrun.com/