Change is never easy, but this year two new changes to the Burning River 100 make this exciting 100-mile endurance race even more appealing. In addition to solo runners, a relay option is being offered for teams of two, four or eight people. And through a new partnership with Western Reserve Racing, runners can now raise money for Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund in lieu of a registration fee.
The Burning River 100 Endurance Run and Relay begins on Saturday, August 2 at 5 a.m. from Squire's Castle in Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills. The course is mostly on trails (75 percent) and follows the scenic Cuyahoga River Valley Corridor through Cleveland Metroparks, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit Metro Parks and finishes in downtown Cuyahoga Falls.
Elite athletes are able to complete the course in less than 15 hours while the majority of participants finish in less than 30 hours with a combination of running and hiking through the day and night. Themed aid stations are located approximately every five miles and welcome runners with lots of cheers of encouragement.
Athletes interested in running to raise money for Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund can opt to waive the race registration fee. Fundraising commitments for Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund range from $200 per individual on an eight person relay team or $750 for a solo runner. Register for the race at westernreserveracing.com. After the registration process is completed, participants will receive a link to setup a personalized fundraising webpage to share with family and friends.
Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund supports rehabilitation of the Park District's extensive trail system featuring more than 270 miles of trails. The Trails Fund supported new trails and trail improvements in Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley, Mills Stream Run and Rocky River reservations this past year. Natural trail improvements meet sustainable standards to minimize natural resource impact and maintenance while maximizing user enjoyment. Approximately 70 percent of Cleveland Metroparks park visitors use the trails.
If you are unable to participle in the Burning River 100 Endurance Run and Relay but would like to contribute to Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund, contact Cleveland Metroparks Manager of Gift and Donor Development, Karen Kannenberg, at 216-635-3217 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com and click on �donate.�
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