Perseverance Trail Run goes Oct. 25 in Cumberland

Still time to sign up, become sponsor, donate or volunteer for Cumberland Community Forest Society fundraiser

The Perseverance Trail Run is fast approaching.

This year’s fundraiser for the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CFFS) goes Sunday, Oct. 25 in Cumberland.

“Gear up for breathtaking scenery and unforgettable views. Be prepared for pristine single track, winding cross-country trails and twisting forest paths. You can be sure there will be a few ups and downs in this years race,” said Sarah Seads, owner of event presenter Equilibrium Lifestyle Management (EM).

“Racers can look forward to a fantastic trail run, delicious post-race food and fabulous draw prizes from a host of local sponsors. This grass roots event is a great way to spend the day with the whole family,” said Seads in her ELM newsletter.

She notes that once again this year an anonymous donor will be matching 100 per cent of all donations raised through the run. “That’s right: for every dollar the event raises, two dollars will be donated to the CCFS. And so, we are going big.”

• Fundraising: We have launched a special fundraising drive for the 2015 event and it is not limited to racers. Anyone can donate to the cause simply by visiting the CCFS website and heading to their Perseverance Day fundraising page.

• Racer Pledges: Want to set up your very own pledge page (as a runner or a supporter of the event) and collect cash from friends? https://www.canadahelps.org/en/fundraise/ and search Cumberland Forest.

• Big Raffle: Raffle tickets are on sale now at Extreme Runners in Courtenay and Riders Pizza and the Wandering Moose in Cumberland and the prizes are outstanding – two WestJet tickets anywhere they fly, Island Alpine Guides Avalanche Course, Clive Powsey original watercolour and a MOMAR single entry for the 2016 race. Tickets are only $20 and a limited number will be sold.

• Perseverance After Party: An event this big requires a celebration. The Party for the Forest is coming to Cumberland once again and tickets are available online now. Gourmet eats, craft beer, music, festivities and a massive silent auction. If you are a business and would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Meaghan Cursons.

Volunteers are needed, Seads notes. “We are looking for a few more course marshals and race day volunteers so please send them over to our Volunteer page for info on how to sign up.”