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SELT Receives $5,000 Gift from Exeter Run Club

SELT Receives $5,000 Gift from Exeter Run Club

SELT recently received a $5,000 gift as the primary beneficiary of the Exeter Run Club’s (ERC) second annual Thanks-for-Giving 5K & 10K Family Run/Walk Road Race.

Exeter Run Club started as a small group of people who loved running and wanted to help each other become better runners. Today, ERC organizes two regular weekly runs, and their mission is to promote running, friendship, and community giving through road and trail races, such as the Thanks-for-Giving 5K & 10K Family Run/Walk Road Race.

The volunteer-led race featured a stroller-friendly 5k, a Kids Race, and the only 10k in the area on Thanksgiving Day. It nearly doubled in size from 2016 with more than 1,100 participants. With this increase in community participation, the proceeds exceeded expectations.

The ERC Board voted to donate $5,000 of the event’s proceeds to SELT, a nonprofit land trust conserving special places for public access trails in Rockingham and Strafford counties.

“We believe in the impact that trails have on family recreation and fitness as well as believing it is our duty as trail runners to give back towards their upkeep and growth,” said Deidre McCarty, ERC Board member and Co-Race Director. “Donating to SELT was a natural fit.”

“Connecting people to the places they’ve helped conserve is a keystone of our work, and this gift will accelerate our efforts at getting people outside on SELT’s protected places. We’re grateful for the ERC’s generous support that will help SELT develop more trail guides and kiosks for area conservation lands,” explained Brian Hart, SELT’s Executive Director.

Trail guides and signage have been completed for eight SELT properties, with three more planned for 2018.  Printed trail guides are free to current SELT members; however, trail maps can also be downloaded for free. View and download trail maps.