BENEFITING: New York - New Jersey Trail Conference, Inc.
This fundraiser originally began as I was taking on my first half marathon! Well on October 11, 2015 I completed the Staten Island Half Marathon! My first and in a time of 2:09! Not bad for a 55 year old who just started running January 2015 -- and most of that running throughout the winter had been on the trails! That pic is me -- in the orange -- at the finish line!
Well.... I will continue to run in support of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference over the next year! Next up is my first half on the trails -- December 5th ! I am so looking forward to it! -- I love the trails -- and you would too if you got out on them -- walking, hiking, biking -- running! You will fall in love ....... find it in your inner nature to donate to this great organization!
For 2016 I also am planning to run in my first full Marathon -- hoping for the NYC marathon but if not -- my first will on the trails! More to come on that!
Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of over 2,000 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. Not only has the Trail Conference been involved in most major land protection success stories going back 80 years in the Hudson and New Jersey Highlands, but they are leaders when it comes to making those lands accessible via trails to the broader public. This latter service enables healthy lifestyles, supports local economies, and protects the natural resources. Most important is that research confirms the logic that people who recreate outdoors are much more likely to support land preservation and environmental/conservation policies. So, land protection and trail creation are part of an ever expanding virtuous circle of public land protection—the more people experience open space, the more they want it protected. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. They publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. Unfortunately, the steady increases in parkland acreage have been accompanied by alarming declines in park staff and funding, especially in the last decade or so. As a result, the remaining park resources are mostly devoted to the maintenance of front-country amenities such as buildings, bathrooms, swimming facilities, campgrounds, roads, parking, water and sewer infrastructure, etc. Backcountry amenities, like trails and bridges, never accounted for much of park budgets, but there is even less now. Thus, the need in this region for the Trail Conference’s volunteer park and trail stewardship has never been greater or more urgent. Trails are the public's easiest access to nature. They are built, maintained, and protected by the people who use and love them. If we don't support and protect them, who will?