We all wanted to move quickly on this...so we went ahead with it and planned to ask for public financial support later. We're challenging the runners and the outdoor community to match our donation."
Chattanooga, TN (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
Rock/Creek and Wild Trails announced today a new challenge grant to the Chattanooga trail running community. “We want to fully rebuild the bridge over Rock Creek that was knocked out by a recent storm, and we want to do it quickly,” stated Wild Trails executive director Randy Whorton. The reconstruction has begun with a $2,000 donation, and the organizations are now turning to the community to raise the additional $2,000 needed to permanently improve the bridge, located on Lula Lake Land Trust’s core property on Lookout Mountain in Georgia.
Whorton serves as the race director for the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series, the source of most of Wild Trails’ funding. Last weekend’s Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race used the bridge on the second stage of three days of running.
“We all wanted to move quickly on this so that we could use the bridge for runners on Saturday, so we went ahead with it and planned to ask for public financial support later. We’re challenging the runners and the outdoor community to match our donation,” said Mark McKnight, board member for the nonprofit and Rock/Creek’s Marketing Director: “If you’ve ever used this property, you know how beautiful it is and what a treasure we have right outside of Chattanooga. Please help with a donation today. Anything will help.”
The new bridge plan will be a nail-laminated, longitudinal span bridge. The design was developed by the US Forest Service for building long clear spans in the backcountry or remote areas. The bridge is 52’ long with a piling in the center. Land Manager Noel Durant, land trust staff, and volunteers will be constructing the bridge.
As Durant explains, “We are raising the footings of the bridge and the new materials will have improved durability over the previous bridge. We were excited to get this bridge rebuilt so quickly, and would love to have the community’s support in finishing the project. We’d like to give a big thanks to the running community, Wild Trails and of course Rock/Creek for their support on this project.”
To donate, send checks to Lula Lake Land Trust, PO Box 395, Lookout Mtn. TN 37350 (with “bridge replacement” in the memo line) or donate online at lulalake.org, click “Make a Donation.”
About Lula Lake Land Trust
Founded as a non-profit with a gift of land in 1994, the Lula Lake Land Trust’s mission is to preserve the natural and historic landscapes surrounding Rock Creek and its tributaries through conservation, education, and low impact recreation. The trust currently protects over 8,000 acres of unique ecological habitat and provides dozens of miles of hiking, biking, and horseback trails through the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail system.
About Rock/Creek & Wild Trails
Founded in 1987, Rock/Creek is one of the original specialty outdoor retailers to sell online. The retailer has been lauded with SNEWS and Backpacker Magazine's "Best Online Retailer" award as well as the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance's "Retailer of the Year" award in 2011 and 2013.
The retailer created Wild Trails with local community members 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.
Known for high-quality trail running events, the groups organize the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series as well as the Triple Crown of Bouldering. The company also has developed an outdoor activity finder called RootsRated at http://rootsrated.com along with other top retailers. Learn more at http://www.rockcreek.com/ and on Twitter @RockCreek.