LONDONDERRY — Between May 21 and June 4, The Collaborative will host its annual West River Trail Run fundraising event. The event will be virtual to accommodate COVID-19 precautions. Racers will have two weeks to run their race to ensure everyone can run at their own convenience and practice safe distancing.
To register, visit The Collaborative’s website under the West River Trail Run for the link and other information at thecollaborative.us/westrivertrailrun. The registration fee this year is $25. All registered participants will be sent a link to upload their results. Participants have until June 4 at 5 p.m. to register and/or submit their results.
All participants will receive a specialized race medal with an updated logo and a Collaborative water bottle. Participants will have a unique opportunity to celebrate the history of the West River Trail on June 5 as competitors gather at the Jamaica Historical Foundation (http://jamaicahf.info/) to pick up race bags. Race participants will be treated to a specially curated exhibit about the West River Trail.
Virtual West River Trail Run participants have two ways to race — either the “11 Miles of Trouble” or 5k. You can walk, jog, or run your distance on the trail, road, or treadmill. All proceeds go to The Collaborative, a nonprofit implementing healthy activities for youth in the Southern Vermont communities.
Option 1 — 11 Miles of Trouble: Complete the entire 11-mile trail. Starting in South Londonderry, the trail follows the West River and ends in Jamaica State Park. Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to participate or spectate.
Option 2 — 5k Trail Race: The in-person 5k is an out-and-back starting in Jamaica State Park. Runners will enjoy the woodsy scenery as they follow the West River.
Last year, the race became international with a runner from the United Kingdom and had runners from eight states. The Collaborative welcomes participants to complete 11-mile or 5k runs in their own backyard or on a favorite trail.
Virtual challenges have become increasingly popular over the last few years and gained more interest at the beginning of 2020. All options are great for any age or skill level. Much like a real-life race, participants can get outside and get moving. Participants choose target distance goals and can set their own pace. If you have any questions, contact Natalie@thecollaborative.us.
The West River Trail Run is an annual FRIENDraiser to help support The Collaborative’s long-standing programs and initiatives such as the Extended Day Program, the Refuse to Use Program, and Collaborative Summer Camp.
Since 1999, The Collaborative has served Bennington County, Western Windham and Southern Windsor Counties. Their direct service area includes 18 towns encompassing the Northshire and mountain towns and nine schools focusing on promoting healthy communities and substance free youth through education, programming, environmental strategies and policy development.