FIND Outdoors trail damage

FIND Outdoors’ Race to Restore initiative will focus on rehabbing trail systems damaged in the Pink Beds Valley of Pisgah National Forest following Tropical Storm Fred.

FIND Outdoors, a 49-year-old local nonprofit with a mission of education and recreation for all on public lands, has made the decision to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year — the Cradle to Grave 30K and 10K trail races — and replace the event with the Race to Restore initiative to benefit the trail systems throughout the Pisgah National Forest, which includes the 6,500-acre Pink Beds Valley.

The decision was based on ongoing efforts to assess, rehabilitate and protect trails within the forest in the wake of Tropical Storm Fred.

“The entire team at FIND extends our gratitude for the generosity of the sponsors and runners working together to make the Race to Restore come to life for Pisgah National Forest,” said Natalie Britt, president and CEO of FIND. “Our community partners saw the need for this trail renewal campaign, and FIND is more than willing to take up the call to give back to our public lands.”

FIND is thrilled to continue to work with the race sponsors and participants to pivot dollars originally earmarked from the races toward trail restoration in Pisgah National Forest.

“Reassessing the Cradle to Grave Race made the most sense as we witnessed, first-hand, the flooding damage caused by the recent tropical storms,” said Tad Fogel, FIND board chairman.

“Once we made the decision to cancel, our entire focus shifted to the immediate needs of our partners and other local nonprofits that are dedicated to the health of Pisgah National Forest.”

The Race to Restore initiative will be spearheaded by FIND Outdoors and is in keeping with the organization’s mission of stewardship of local, public lands.

One-hundred percent of sponsorship dollars will shift to supporting the difficult trail rehabilitation efforts in the 6,500-acre Cradle campus, which is housed within the Pink Beds Valley of Pisgah National Forest. A portion of funding from this initiative will support the efforts of Pisgah Area SORBA (PAS), a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and enhancing recreational opportunities in Western North Carolina through trail improvements, and the Pisgah Ranger District, which has the monumental task of planning and implementing rehabilitation efforts in the forest.

How to Help

Join FIND in supporting its Race to Restore campaign during a day out at Ecusta Brewing Company, 49 Pisgah Hwy., #3, Pisgah Forest, from 1-4 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 2.

For $10, thirsty patrons can purchase a limited-edition FIND Outdoors pint glass, which will be filled with the Ecusta brew of your choice, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Race to Restore initiative.

In addition, Ecusta Brewing Company will continue to sell the limited-edition FIND Outdoors pint glasses throughout October. A percentage of beer sales will benefit Race to Restore during the month.

For more information on the Race to Restore campaign, visit https://gofindoutdoors.org/race-to-restore/, or call Adam DeWitte, 828-883-3463, Ext. 224.

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