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Posted on November 13, 2014 on The Cumberland Community Forest Society's web site.

The Cumberland Community Forest Society has formally announced fundraising results for their October 26th Perseverance Day for the Forest and the grand total for the day is $146,547!

This is an incredible result for a one-day fundraising effort.” says Andrew Nicoll, Chair of the Cumberland Community Forest Society. “It wouldn’t have been possible without an unbelievable level of grassroots support from people across the Comox Valley and beyond. There are so many people who deserve our thanks including silent auctions donors, ticket buyers, runners, run organizers, circus fairies, cash donors, chili cookers, beer slingers, photographers and volunteers! Each and every one of you shares the credit for this success!”

“This final number includes the Perseverance Raffle, the Perseverance Party for the Forest, the Perseverance Trail Run and Pledges and an online fundraising campaign through These funds (73,273.50) were then matched by our secret Forest Fairy to get to this remarkable total!” says Cumberland Forest Campaign Coordinator Meaghan Cursons.

The Cumberland Forest is a lush second growth forest that cradles the southern edge of the Village of Cumberland. The Cumberland Forest forms part of 2 distinct watersheds and is filled with diverse flora and fauna, hiking and mountain biking trails, salmon bearing creeks, wetlands and important heritage landmarks. The Forest also provides a stunning south facing view-scape for the Village and is a beautiful backdrop to a community that defines itself economically, socially and environmentally by its proximity to the woods.

A vibrant network of naturalists, herbalists, hikers, mountain bikers, families, kids, artists, photographers, conservationists, runners and many others consider the Cumberland Forest to be an integral part of the community.

The Cumberland Forest is privately owned as part of the legacy of the E&N Land Transfer in the late 1800’s that saw over 2 million acres of land along the eastern side of Vancouver Island transfer into private hands in exchange for building a railway. These unprotected Cumberland Forest lands are slated to be logged as early as 2016.

There Are no Race Day Registrations.

Racer Check In - FOR ALL RACERS:
Sunday October 26th, 9:00-10:00am at No. 6 Mine Park in Cumberland.

This RACE IS a great opportunity to test out your Halloween costume and there will be a prize for the best costume on race day!

This years event, hosted by Extreme Runners and Equilibrium Lifestyle Management will feature 3k cross-country and 10k mountain run courses with all proceeds donated to the Cumberland Community Forest Society.  Racers can look forward to a fantastic trail run, delicious post race food and fabulous draw prizes from a host of local sponsors. This event is a great way to spend the day with the whole family! 

The 3k cross-country course is FUN focused and is designed for those who are new to trail running or prefer to enjoy the majestic scenery and fresh mountain air.  This short course will take you along undulating second growth forest trails and may even have some surprises along the way - great for kids!

The 10k mountain run features unforgettable single track running and biking trails with steady elevation gain.  This is a classic mountain run so you can expect steep climbs and descents, undulating single track and bridges, logs and water along the course.  Be prepared to ‘Persevere’ all the way to the finish!

The Cumberland Community Forest Society is a group of residents of the Village of Cumberland dedicated to purchase local forests for recreational and aesthetic purposes.  Their work has ensured the protection of over 150 acres of beautiful forest surrounding the Village of Cumberland.   The annual Perseverance Trail Run is a great way to support this local cause and ensure that more forests are protected for the future.

Train for the 3k trail run by following Equilibrium Lifestyle Management's easy 8-week training program: Couch to Cumberland!

Train for the 10k mountain run by following Equilibrium Lifestyle Management's easy 10-week training program: Couch to Cumberland! Less than 10-weeks to race day?  No problem!  Jump in at the appropriate week and you will be ready to race! You can also join ELM's Adventure Running Clinic to ensure you are in fine racing form.

Perseverance Adventure Running Clinic


Extreme Runners: