Hello Cumby fans,
Thank you for checking our website! Thank you for your patience.
We are hosting a race. Its an unsupported race on a marked trail near Cumberland BC. Its virtual by the fact that there is no particular start time or date except that you will run it between May 1 to 9 at the time and date of your choosing. We know it will look different than our usual race as we work through the details. Its a fundraiser for a very worthy cause. We know it is a bit of a distraction as we all wait patiently for the time we can gather and have a mass start. That time is not now and we cannot gather yet.
Its a pandemic year and our first priority is to keep you safe from being exposed to the virus or sharing the virus with others. So we will be strictly attending to the current BC Public Health Orders (PHO).
This year is special. We want to focus on the lands and wetspaces that runners have helped the Cumberland Community Forest Society preserve. Celebrate This Land is our theme for 2021. Our race routes (there are two!) will highlight and show off Coal Creek Historic Park and Japanese Town and the recent acquisitions up Perserverance Creek and through some of the older sections of the forest. The 14 km route has 335 meters of elevation gain. The 7 km route has a lovely little "short snapper" at the end too with 137 meters of gain. Post your results and see if you get 1st, 2nd or 3rd place age category hand made medals. Just like we normally have (we will send them to you in the mail). But wait for it. We also have the Cumby Combo. What is that? You get to run both routes within the 9 days and post your results on Race Roster. Special prizing for the Combo winners.
Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult. No further discussion during pandemic year. It is an unsupported race. We do not want kids out there on their own.
Travelling to the Cumby during a pandemic year is not a good choice for everyone. If you want to support the Cumberland Community Forest we have a special idea for you. Donate some dollars and run a 7 km (137 meters gain) or a 13.5 km (with 335 m gain) in your favorite protected space and send us a short paragraph and a picture of that place and we will post it on our facebook site. It is a good year to celebrate all of those protected spaces.
Registration opens on March 15.
Stay tuned, keep running those hills and check in on our Facebook page. We look forward to not necessarily seeing you but hearing about your run between May 1 - 9th, 2021
Take good care
on behalf of the Comox Valley Road Runner
The theme of Cumby 2021 is CELEBRATE THIS LAND. The Cumby Trail Race has raised a total of $86,000 to support the important work of the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) . You are playing a role in protecting the forest, creeks and wetlands adjacent to Cumberland. https://www.cumberlandforest.com
The Cumby team and the Comox Valley Road Runners have provided great races primarily for adults in the past 5 years. We want to build our population of racers to include kids and youth. For Cumby 2021 we have a 7 km route that is quite flat (except for that bit at the end that is all straight up!). We want to encourage young runners to register and run it alongside an adult. Keep them safe and on the marked race route.
Usually there are lots of volunteers on the course. But in 2021 you need to run the routes entirely unsupported while we attend to the PHO. There will be no marshals, no aid stations, and no first aid attendants on the course. This pandemic year volunteers are all working in the background.
Choose from 3 races - a 14 km Full Cumby, and a 7 km Mini Cumby.
The shorter route will attract kids and youth accompanied by an adult, and others who want to enjoy the Cumberland Community Forest either walking or running. You will see parts of this beautiful forest you may have never seen before. Post your results on Race Roster when you are done.
What about that third race?- Register for the Cumby Combo - do both routes and post your results.
There is one more. Check out The Virtual Option under Choose Your Race