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Burning River Comments

WHAT OUR PARKS SAY

CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Cuyahoga Valley National Park has and will continue to play an integral role in the river’s recovery. CVNP is working alongside the entire region to change the narrative about the Cuyahoga River. In order to make progress in improving the health of the watershed, the park is embarking on a number of restoration projects in 2019. One impact of these projects will be on the parks permit program. Because of the number of projects occurring that could result in temporary closures of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail the park will not be issuing permits in areas likely to be greatly impacted by a trail closure. In the coming weeks the park will be releasing more information about specific projects and the positive impacts these will have on the health of the river.

SUMMIT METRO PARKS

This race has so many great benefits for northeast Ohio – for runners, for parks, and as a way to feature the area’s exceptional trails. Summit Metro Parks, which manages more than 20 miles of the Towpath Trail, is happy to welcome the runners again this year and join in celebrating the renewal of the Cuyahoga River.

CLEVELAND METROPARKS

Cleveland Metroparks has enjoyed a long partnership with the Burning River 100 and looks forward to continuing it when the race returns to our reservations.

CITY OF STOW, PARKS AND RECREATION

The City of Stow, Parks and Recreation is happy to host the 50 mile aid station for the 2019 Burning River Endurance Runs and Relay at our Silver Springs Park! As a regular relay team participant and captain, I look forward to this event every year – it is my favorite race! Burning River is a premiere event with an unbelievable cast of characters. I am in awe of all of the volunteers, participants and organizers. This event represents just how cohesive, unified and talented the trail running community is in our region and beyond.

WHAT OUR STAFF SAYS

FROM THE RDs AND RACE COMMITTEE

We respect and understand the importance of this race to our community. We look forward each year to our community, and those traveling in from other states and countries, celebrating what we call our “backyard” (Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit Metro Parks). While we are disappointed that the race will not be a point to point this year, we also respect and understand the importance of working together with our park systems to meet the needs of everyone involved. The river valley provides us our backyard, and the backbone of this is the Cuyahoga River, our beloved “Burning River. We celebrate the comeback of the Cuyahoga River and are thankful for the additional efforts underway to continue the recovery/restoration. We would like to thank our park systems, the City of Stow, and our community for supporting us with these required course adjustments.

We’re 100% committed to providing you with a top-notch race experience from registration to the finish line. If you have any questions, send us a message and allow us the opportunity to assist you.

Thank you for running with Western Reserve Racing. We appreciate you!

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