The Comox Valley Road Runners and organizers for the Cumby were very pleased to hand over a cheque for $25,000 to the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) to become a Guardian Level Donor to the society!

Many Comox Valley Road Runner members enjoy the Cumberland trail network, 270 acres of which are part of a protected forested nature park thanks to the efforts of the Cumberland Community Forest Society. This trail network is managed by Village of Cumberland and the United Riders of Cumberland. The Cumby was conceived 4 years ago as an opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the Cumberland Community Forest Society to protect even more areas of this much loved trail network from logging.

The CCFS is currently working on purchasing another 91.7 hectares (226 acres) of beautiful forest, wetlands, riparian areas and heritage landmarks along Perseverance Creek and in the Perseverance Watershed adjacent to the Village of Cumberland. The Cumby has grabbed a lot of attention locally from dedicated sponsors, racers, volunteers and spectators to take part in the event. The Cumby also draws racers from up and down Vancouver Island,
the lower mainland and further afield. This year it was held on May 11 and the warm temperatures made the race all that more arduous.

Racers can choose from three different races. The Full Cumby – a 24 km race that includes significant elevation gain and fast descents, the Half Cumby – 13 km on the Full Cumby course and a new event, the Mini Cumby – a 5.5 km race inviting youth and walkers to join in the fun on race day. This year the most popular race was the
13 km Half Cumby which saw 251 runners complete the challenging event. Local CVRR runner Graham Forsythe won the event in a time of 1:02:44 while Carlene VanTonegren, another local runner racing her first longer trail eventwas the first female across the finish line in a quick time of 1:12:35. The Full Cumby with 160 finishers, was won by Powell River runner Graham Cocksedge in a time of 1:54: 26 while

another out of town racer from Kelowna, Nicola Gildersleeve took the first female win in 2:23:48. The newest race drew some very fast footwork as well with hometown Cumberland racer Andrew Matthews winning first place in a time of 30:54:50 with the first female Sarah Roberts very close on his heels in a time of 30:54:50. Cumby organizers anticipate that the Mini Cumby will continue to build momentum as it provides a challenging opportunity to develop youth in the ever expanding draw of trail racing.

Many runners choose the Cumby as their first trail race and vow to return every year to improve their time and share the camaraderie of a wonderful day fund raising for the Cumberland Community Forest Society. Next year’s event will take place on May 9, 2020.
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