The rain didn't scare 169 racers and 50 volunteers away from the 5th annual Perseverance Trail Run in Cumberland on Sunday.
The skies were grey and low but the energy was bright and high as racers for the 10K and 3K courses made their way to the start line. Once the horn blew the racers seemed to forget about the rain as they were forced to focused on navigating the classic rooty, muddy, twisty and very scenic trails of the Cumberland Forest.
The race was a huge success with all money raised going directly to the Cumberland Community Forest Society to assist them in working towards their goal of purchasing additional forest lands for recreational and aesthetic use now and into the future.
Along with ELM and Extreme Runners the following community sponsor's generous support once again made this years event a great success: Thrifty Foods, ABC Printing, Hi Tech, nrichmedia, Odlum Brown and the Comox Valley Record.
Other local supporters who kept the racers safe and happy on race day include: Comox Valley Search & Rescue, St. Johns Ambulance as well as Fiesta Quest, Sound Systems, Mudsharks Coffee, Tim Hortons, Seeds Market and Cumberland Massage Therapy!
In addition community landholders including the Village of Cumberland, CCFS, Hancock Timber, Timberwest and Cumberland Recreation provided racers with the opportunity to participate in this fundraiser by opening their property and facilities to the racers.
Racers were treated to a huge pile of draw prizes from generous race sponsors. With close to 40 prizes and many free giveaways from Brooks, many racers left with a prize. A very big thank you to the following prize sponsors: Valhalla Pure, Riding Fool Hostel, Darkside Chocolates, Zen Zero, Fitness Excellence, Brooks, Ascent Physiotherapy, Crows Soap Factory, HiTech, Breathing Room, Jim Smiley of Remax, Cumberland Massage Therapy, and Trail Runner Magazine.
This event could not exist without the support of our amazing volunteer team. If you haven't had the pleasure of organizing or simply volunteering for a race or similar scale event then you might not realize all of the countless hours that are spent preparing for and executing such an event. If you get the opportunity to volunteer I suggest you take it so you can see what goes on behind the scenes! It is a wonderful way to give back to the events and sports that you enjoy so much!
Here is an idea of what it takes to put on the Perseverance Trail Run...HUGE THANK YOU to all of our VOLUNTEERS::
Lene Curts & Me - Head Organizers
Arran Kerrigan- Registration
John Wall - 3K Course
Terry Lewis - 10K Course
Stan & Margarite Masson
Pascale & Yasmin Houde
Race Day Registration
Prizes & T-Shirts
MC Liz Tribe
Equipment Set Up
Alma & Craig
Timing & Results
Lynn, Neil, Naomi, Alexander and Maya Swift
Pascale & Yasmin Houde
Jessie & Matt
First Aid : St Johns Ambulance
Norm Potvin, Tyler and Richard
CV Search and Rescue
Paul & Darlene Berry
Carol Anne Browning
AND everyone else who I missed that jumped in to help when we needed it.
CRAZY THANK YOU!!
Full race results and race photos are now available on the Perseverance website at www.perseverancetrailrun.com .
Race T-Shirts will be on sale at Extreme Runners this week for $15 so be sure to head down and pick one up if you would still like to support the Cumberland Community Forest!
Cheers and see you next year!