To our trail running community:
I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our long time sponsor, North Shore Athletics, for their support over the years and to let our trail running community know that the Knee Knacker and North Shore Athletics have decided to end this arrangement for the 2012 year.
As many of you know, North Shore Athletics has a strong trail running series (Run the North Shore), many trail, road, and triathlon clinics, and a loyal customer following.
On behalf of the Knee Knacker committee, I want to thank Keith and the team at NSA and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
Believe it or not, planning for Knee Knacker 2012 starts very soon for the Race Committee. We like to plan early so that all you runners and volunteers can relax on race day (July 14). The 2012 race entry deadline is February 29 and you can check out all the other important dates here.
Check out the photos from Sep 25 - Trail Maintenance at Black Mountain, Cypress Provincial Park:
Mark Grist (BC Parks Ranger and a Knee Knacker runner) had offered me the choice of either Saturday or Sunday for the Black Mt. Trail Day. I picked Sunday. If you recall, it was distinctly summer-like on Saturday with the sun shining and the humidity harking back to an August heat wave. Sunday was the polar opposite. The word hindsight comes distinctly to mind. Continue reading
If building boardwalks in rainy, muddy conditions isn’t your thing, how about weeding? This Sunday, September 25, you can help celebrate Rivers Day at Mackay Creek in Heywood Park (North Vancouver, Marine Drive and Hamilton Avenue) from 10am-2pm. Join the City of North Vancouver, Evergreen and other community groups to remove invasive plants and plant local species in the park. Tools, plants and light refreshments will be provided. No need to RSVP, just show up!
We have a complete crew for this Sunday’s trail work party! Thanks to everyone who volunteered. All we need now is a spot of sunshine…
Four trail elves signed up, need five more. The work will be done rain or shine, so lots of crossed fingers for decent weather next Sunday. And if someone wants to photograph the event, that’d be great too. RSVP to “Trail Day Coordinator” on the Contact Page.
In case you’re wondering, we won’t be carrying any materials to the worksite. BC Parks has already airlifted all the materials to the worksite. We only have to hike (or if you prefer, run!) to Black Mt. The start time will be 9am and we should be done by 1pm-2pm. No special skills are needed for this work; we’re just supplying lots of Knee Knacker muscle power! Having said that, you don’t have to be a weight lifting god/goddess–many hands makes it easy to lift large cedar planks, which is what the boardwalk decks will be made of.
We need eight or nine volunteers from the Knee Knacker community to help install boardwalks through the mud pit section on Black Mountain in Cypress Provincial Park. We’ll be working under the guidance of BC Parks on this project, which should take four to five hours to finish.
The boardwalks are being installed to protect the fragile bog environment on Black Mt. As side benefits, your run time will improve, you’ll fulfill your 2012 race entry volunteer requirement, and you won’t have to worry about disappearing into an innocent looking stretch of mud!
Please note there will be some heavy lifting required in this project.
To sign up, please contact Andrew (Trail Day Coordinator) through the Contact Form by September 23.
Mark your calendars — the Black Mt. Trail Day is scheduled for Sunday, September 25. We’ll need a small group of volunteers to help BC Parks install boardwalks overtop some of the marshy/muddy bits of the Baden Powell trail. More details will be announced in the next day or two.