We were also able to do a much better job of raising funds for future trail work parties this past year, through donations (both via Solstass trail race registrations this past year and elsewhere online) and through our two fund-raising races (Cottontail in the spring, and Carkeek in the fall). Those funds - made almost entirely via generous donations by individuals - allowed us to grow our trail work tool collection, beef up our collection of trail / work supplies, and will ultimately allow for larger trail work parties in 2016, and beyond.
Speaking of (much appreciated!) tax-deductible donations, if you'd like to make one before the end of 2015, or as an awesome way to start your 2016, you can do that right here.
This year we also worked hard on growing our Board of Directors, seeking out a dynamic and eclectic group of individuals who will bring a wide array of skills and experience to future Endless Trails projects. We couldn't be more thrilled with the group of professionals, adventurers, and trail supports we've amassed, and we'll be taking full advantage of our support network to make sure Endless Trails is as effective as it can be in the year ahead.
All of that to say: We're primed and ready for a fantastic 2016, and we couldn't be more excited to get started!
So, looking forward to 2016 - Here's what you can expect:
Developing curriculum! We're working on finding grants to help provide curriculum for school groups and other youth (and/or adult!) groups that want to get outside and learn about being outside on trails in a sustainable way. One of the best ways we can protect trails, and the future of the trails we all love, is by helping others fall in love with trails, and protecting them. This is one of our big priorities for 2016.
Our annual races! Registration for the Cottontail 6- & 12-Hour trail "races" (March 26th) is currently open, and registration for the tenth (10th!) annual Carkeek 12-Hour (October 29th) will open in early April. Both races are in Seattle, and feature a formidable loop course, inspiring performances, and general tomfoolery. Both races also specifically raise funds for Endless Trails! We'd love to get loopy with you at one or both of those events, and as always, all proceeds go directly back to local and regional trails we all love.