Really big news

Hello, fellow Knee Knackerers!

We are now days away from the entry dead­line and the March 5th lot­tery is coming quickly. As we are in full swing with our 24th run­ning, I’m really excited to announce that we will be adding a new ele­ment to the Knee Knacker that will increase our com­mu­nity impact and legacy.

As a step towards cre­at­ing a “Knee Knacker Foun­da­tion”, this year we will encour­age run­ners to raise money over and above what we already donate to North Shore Search and Rescue. While I hope you’ll be as excited about this pos­si­bil­ity as I am, it’s impor­tant to note that rais­ing funds is com­pletely optional. We will not require any­thing dif­fer­ent from you if you choose not to participate.

For this year, the char­ity will con­tinue to be North Shore Search and Rescue, and for our 25th year next year, we will deter­mine if we are rais­ing enough funds to expand this to a char­ity that sup­ports kids who can’t afford to get into sports (in addi­tion to North Shore Search and Rescue).

In early March, we will let you know how to set up your own per­sonal dona­tion page so your friends and family can sup­port you and our Knee Knacker com­mu­nity even fur­ther. We will add a little friendly com­pe­ti­tion and for the indi­vid­ual who raises the most money between early March and race day, in addi­tion to brag­ging rights, we will award a GUARANTEED LOTTERY SPOT for 2013!

Yes, really.

This is com­pletely unprece­dented, how­ever, we feel so strongly that as a trail run­ning com­mu­nity, we can have a big impact on people’s lives, and not ‘just’ hold a great event, we decided we would put a cov­eted spot out there. Just think: if each runner raises $300 (an exam­ple of a dollar per mile from 10 people), our com­mu­nity would donate $60,000! How cool would that be!?!

What’s next you ask? Over the coming days, we will final­ize the logis­tics of the dona­tion site. It will include the abil­ity to have tax receipts and to track indi­vid­ual progress. Addi­tion­ally, we will waive the 4-hour vol­un­teer require­ment for any runner that raises $100 or more.

We will hold the lot­tery on March 5th, and as soon as the dona­tion site is up and run­ning, we will let the suc­cess­ful lot­tery entrants know how to set up their page. If you are a vol­un­teer or non-runner that would also like a dona­tion site, please let me know and we’ll hap­pily set one up for you.

Please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact me if you have any ques­tions. I hope you’re as excited about this as I am! See you on the trails,

Kelsy Trigg,
Knee Knacker Race Director

Trail makeover, extreme edition

Graham Knell, the North Van­cou­ver Dis­trict Trail and Habi­tat Co-ordinator, has promised us a “spe­cial project” for this year’s Trail Day (June 23). What could this mean? Is it build­ing a tree house? Maybe we’ll shave a few feet off Black Mt. so that you’re not climb­ing 8,000′ of ver­ti­cal. Wait, what about installing Zip Lines? Yeah! Your guess is as good as ours!