Just over two weeks to go until the 2014 Perseverance Trail Run kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 26.
This year’s event, co-directed by Extreme Runners and Equilibrium Lifestyle Management, will once again feature a 3K cross-country romp and 10.5K mountain run in the beautiful forest trails of Cumberland.
For the 10th anniversary, race organizers are taking their fundraising efforts for the Cumberland Community Forest Society to an entirely new level. This year, an anonymous donor will be matching 100 per cent of all donations raised through the run. For every dollar the race raises, two dollars will be donated to the CCFS. Race organizers have launched a special fundraising drive for the 2014 event and it is not limited to racers. Anyone can donate to the cause simply by visiting the Perseverance website at www.perseverancetrailrun.com so be sure to spread the word about this exciting opportunity to purchase more lands for protection in the Cumberland Forest.
Racers can look forward to a fun and challenging trail run, delicious post-race food provided by Thrifty Foods a post-race draw for prizes. All racers will be entered to win fabulous prizes provided by Brooks, Island Mountain Rides, Riding Fool Hostel, Darkside Chocolates, Riders Pizza, Dodge City Cycles and many more local sponsors. Go to www.perserverancetrailrun.com to view the current list of race sponsors.
The race starts at 11 a.m. at No 6 Mine Park in Cumberland, with racer check-in open from 9-10 a.m. Pre-race registration is required for this year’s event, which has a cap of 350 racers. There are less than 75 spot remaining so racers are encouraged to sign up asap to secure their spot on the start line.
This is a great opportunity to test out your Halloween costume and there will be a prize for the best costume on race day.
As part of the fundraising efforts, a special 10th Anniversary Perseverance After Party for the Forest is taking place from 1-5 p.m. following the race. This special event will include a gourmet chili cook-off, craft beer a huge raffle and a silent auction of epic proportions.
Tickets are available through online race registration, in Courtenay at Extreme Runners and in Cumberland at Riders Pizza and The Wandering Moose Cafe. Only 350 After Party tickets will be sold and they are going fast.
The Cumberland Community Forest Society is a group of residents of the Village of Cumberland dedicated to purchase local forests for recreational and aesthetic purposes. Their work has ensured the protection of over 150 acres of beautiful forest surrounding the Village of Cumberland.
The annual Perseverance Trail Run is a great way to support this local cause and ensure that more forests are protected for the future. If you were ever going to donate to the CCFS, this is the best time to do it – as every dollar equals two through the Perseverance Trail Run.
Pick up registration forms at Extreme Runners, 436 5th St., or go to www.perseverancetrailrun.com to check out all the details and register online. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up as a volunteer.
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