Rock/Creek today announces that the 2010 Rock/Creek StumpJump raised $27,000 for work on trails in Chattanooga.
Proceeds donated from StumpJump and other races in the 2010 Rock/Creek Trail Series have allowed local non-profits to give year-end gifts to the Cumberland Trail Conference, the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, and the Mountain Education Foundation, and will fund much of the 2011 giving cycle. ;
In February 2011, the organization will award its first round of 5 grants, up to $2,000 each, to organizations chosen from the pool of applicants. Rock/Creek, a locally-owned, independent specialty outdoor retailer, has partnered with local non-profits in an effort to promote the sport of trail running, to showcase the beautiful trail systems in our great city, and to raise funds to support local trail initiatives.
Jonathan Mobley, Race Director of the Rock/Creek Trail Series, shares his thoughts on the program: “One of the most rewarding parts of organizing the Rock/Creek Trail Series is to know that you have had a hand in providing an experience for people that they will not soon forget. Seeing people enjoy the outdoors and enjoy their health because they have committed themselves to protecting both of them is a real gift. Even better, when we are able to give financial resources to these local organizations, I know we are ensuring the same enjoyment for others for years to come.”
Bobby Fulcher, Park Manager of Cumberland Trail State Park, explains the significance of the work done by these organizations: “Rock/Creek is fostering an ethic of responsibility and commitment that will keep public lands open, beautiful, and protected. We’re sincerely grateful for the support to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail. The Cumberland Trail project is significant in many respects — its enormous scale, the quality of the resources it connects and protects, and the quality of its partnerships with volunteers and supporting organizations. We aspire to provide outdoor recreation resources of the highest quality, and to serve as an educational institution and as a trustworthy steward of wonderful natural, cultural, and historical treasures. The Friends of the Cumberland Trail is a new organization, already providing critical support toward these goals, and is certainly enabled through this assistance.”
Tony Hook, Cumberland Trail Conference Manager, explains the significance of this latest gift to the completion of the planned 300-plus-mile trail: “Once completed, the Cumberland Trail will stretch from Signal Point near Chattanooga north to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. This trail will provide numerous recreational opportunities and for the preservation of the historical, cultural, and natural resources of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. Because of the donation, the Cumberland Trail project will move another step closer to completion.”
Race sponsors include: Patagonia, Salomon, The North Face, Marmot, SmartWool, Outdoor Research, Deuter Packs, Vasque, Hammer Nutrition, Toyota of Cleveland and Capital Toyota, Columbia, La Sportiva, Skullcandy, Greenlife Grocery, Nikwax Waterproofing, Southern Spring Water, Smith Optics, CamelBak, Chaco, KEEN, Merrell, Archer Physical Therapy, RiverRocks Chattanooga, Blue Smoke Coffee, Trail Runner Magazine, and North Shore Yoga.
Rock/Creek is an independent specialty outdoor retailer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee with over 20 years of brick and mortar experience. With a dedicated staff of outdoor enthusiasts and gear experts, Rock Creek offers only the very best outdoor apparel and equipment from top brands like Marmot, Patagonia, The North Face, Chaco Sandals to ensure that customers are comfortable and safe in the outdoors.