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Western Reserve Racing and Conservancy for CVNP partner up for the park

1403 W. Hines Hill Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Press Contact:
Maggie Olson
Marketing Manager
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
330-657-2909 ext. 136


Conservancy for CVNP and Western Reserve Racing Partner for Running Series in the Park

Peninsula, Ohio – The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and Western Reserve Racing are excited to introduce a new partnership that will allow runners to experience their national park and give back at the same time.

Western Reserve Racing’s vision is to provide runners and race directors with Ohio’s finest race experience, as well as encourage exploration of local communities and park systems. To support those initiatives, a Conservancy-branded running series in the fall, along with two races in the spring, will provide the running community with several exciting races while also supporting key projects in the national park.

“As Western Reserve Racing grows, we plan to maintain a strong sense of community and continue to give back to the parks we utilize,” said Jim Christ, a partner at Western Reserve Racing. “[The three partners] have a deep appreciation for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a wonderful and important resource located right in our own backyards.”

In celebration of the Conservancy’s work, Western Reserve Racing will generously donate a majority of the net proceeds from races in the series to the Conservancy. These funds are essential to supporting vital park programs, including trail improvements, ecosystem restoration, environmental education, cultural arts programs, and concerts. Upcoming races in the series include:

  • March 23, Spring TRAINing Race: Race the train in this thrilling event along the train tracks in Cuyahoga Valley.
  • May 3, Flap Jack and Jill: Run the historic Towpath and finish with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Stanford House.
  • August 2-3, Burning River 100: Test your stamina in this 100-mile endurance run featuring a fundraising event for TRAILS FOREVER.
  • October 2014, Fall Running Series: Every Tuesday, experience a new CVNP trail and be prepared for fun and interesting events that make this series one-of-a-kind in northeast Ohio.

Of special note is the Burning River 100, which will include a peer-to-peer fundraising option for race participants in support of the Conservancy’s TRAILS FOREVER endowment fund. Runners who register for the program and successfully raise at least $2,000 will receive a waived registration fee and a reserved spot in the race, as well as other gifts and prizes for top fundraisers.

The TRAILS FOREVER fund ensures that CVNP has the resources to maintain and preserve park trails for all time, for all people—and helps ensure that future generations of runners have access to the same beautiful trails that runners travel today. When they register for peer-to-peer fundraising for the Burning River 100, participants receive support and tips from Conservancy experts to raise funds and support the same program that lets them enjoy the running trails in the park.

“We are enthusiastic about this partnership and the opportunity to support Trails Forever through running,” said Jim Christ.

About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call (330) 657-2909.

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