Today, Wild Trails announces the recipients of their Spring 2013 outdoor grants. Grants are awarded for short, measurable and tangible projects focused on the use, expansion or protection of trails in the Chattanooga area.
These biannual grants are funded primarily by proceeds from the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series, a trail running race series with nine runs taking place in all seasons and on trails throughout the Chattanooga area. Wild Trails, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is also funded by private donations.
5 grants were awarded for Spring 2013:
Rock/Creek co-founder and Wild Trails President Dawson Wheeler points out the vital role of sponsors, staff, volunteers and racers: “We are humbled by the continued financial and hands-on support of our sponsors. Top brands from the outdoor industry and strong local companies are working together with Rock/Creek employees and Wild Trails volunteers to create some of the best race experiences available anywhere. We could not put this amount of money into trail building and maintenance without their support. Thousands of racers come from around the country and abroad to run on our trails. Trail running continues to grow as a sport, and our trails are in better shape as a result of these events.”
Salomon is the title sponsor for the series. The other financial sponsors are Suunto, Toyota of Cleveland and Capital Toyota, SmartWool, Get Out Chattanooga, Collier Construction, Marmot, The North Face, High Point Climbing and Outdoor Research. In-kind sponsors include Whole Foods Chattanooga and Trail Runner Magazine.
About Rock/Creek and Wild Trails:
Rock/Creek, an independent specialty outdoor retailer, has been in business for 25 years. Founded by Dawson Wheeler and Marvin Webb in 1987, the retailer has four locations in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, with a fifth store opening at The Block in the Fall.
Rock/Creek created Wild Trails in order to provide resources, education and events to help expand and protect trails in the greater Chattanooga area. Twice a year, Wild Trails donates up to $2,000 per grant for up to 5 trail work projects. The next grant cycle deadline is June 15th and details are available online at http://www.wildtrails.org/grants.html