SOURCE: Amherst Land Trust, Inc.

Amherst Land Trust, Inc.

February 05, 2014 08:15 ET

Amherst Land Trust Hosts Backcountry Race -- "The Joe English Challenge"

AMHERST, NH--(Marketwired - Feb 5, 2014) - On May 3, 2014, the Amherst Land Trust will host a 25-kilometer running/hiking "challenge" event. Designed and directed by a team of experienced marathon, road-race, and cross-country organizers, the event is expected to attract backcountry trail-running and speed-hiking enthusiasts from throughout New England and the Northeast. The event will be of equal interest to competitive runners, outdoor and fitness enthusiasts, as well as people/organizations with an environmental ethic. 

The event originates from Freestyle Farm, a 300-acre equestrian center located in Amherst, NH, about 60 minutes from Boston, MA, and within 20 minutes of Nashua and Manchester, NH. Hartford, CT, is about 2 hours away by car. From there, the challenge continues onto Joe English Reservation, a roughly 560-acre conservation area also in Amherst, NH.

An expected 300 challenge participants will travel the 25-kilometer course in an estimated three to five hours. After departing Freestyle Farm, they will descend into the valleys and climb the hills of Joe English Reservation. Participants can expect to encounter a host of backcountry obstacles -- ledges, stream crossings, rocky slopes -- and to ascend a total of nearly 3,000 vertical feet.

There are no paved surfaces, no houses, and no vehicular traffic on the forested course. The start/finish area is an 8-acre field offering unobstructed viewing and good course visibility. There is ample space for parking and concessions. This venue also offers excellent opportunities for product placement and display next to a captive audience. Whether a competitor, sponsor or spectator, please join us for a day of exciting outdoor enjoyment! For further details on the event, go to, "Like" us on Facebook and "Follow" us on Twitter.

Proceeds of this fundraising event will go entirely to the Amherst Land Trust for protecting open space and conservation land. The Trust is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization incorporated in The State of NH. Since 1975, it has sought to protect land from development, so as to preserve the rural aesthetic of the community, conserve natural resources, and preserve land for active and passive recreation. The Trust is actively seeking sponsorship of the Joe English Challenge from corporations and organizations that share its interest in land preservation and stewardship and who are invested in the development and promotion of environmental products and services or who serve environmentally conscious customers or clients.

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