Trail run raises funds to purchase, protect Cumberland Forest

There were plenty of creative costumes on display at the Perseverance Trail Run Sunday in Cumberland. Photos by Scott StanfieldThere were plenty of creative costumes on display at the Perseverance Trail Run Sunday in Cumberland. Photos by Scott Stanfield
Participants line up for the 3km race.Participants line up for the 3km race.
The pre-race dance contest was a hoot, despite the weather.The pre-race dance contest was a hoot, despite the weather.
The run attracts participants of all ages.The run attracts participants of all ages.
A youngster enjoys the costume dance.A youngster enjoys the costume dance.

Rain did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of runners or dozens of volunteers at the 18th annual Perseverance Trail Run, Sunday morning in Cumberland.

The day kicked off with a pre-race costume ‘dance off’ contest at Race Central at No. 6 Mine Park.

Participants then paraded down the street to the entrance of the Cumberland Forest, from where the three-kilometre and 11k races started and finished. The event concluded with a party in the park at Race Central.

The all ages event has been organized by volunteers and supported by sponsoring businesses since 2004. The goal is to raise funds to purchase and protect the Cumberland Forest through the Cumberland Community Forest Society. Over the past 13 years, the event has raised more than $570,000 through racer donations, community sponsors and the CCFS Perseverance Party for the Forest events.

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