Monday, May 25, 2015

Mount Hays Quickclimb to return after five year absence

A popular local event to climb
Mount Hays returns on August 16th
It was considered one of the most rewarding of endurance tests that the North Coast had to offer and after a five year absence, the Mount Hays Quickclimb is making a return to the Prince Rupert events calendar.

The timed ascent of Mount Hays will take place on Sunday, August 16th, providing for not only the challenge of tackling one of the North Coast's most imposing mountains, but to take part in a community celebration to the benefit of local trails as well.

The event sponsored by Quickload Logistics and McElhanney, will feature participants seeking pledges of support from the community, with the proceeds from the day's ascent to be returned to the community by the way of trail building initiatives around the Prince Rupert area.

To ensure that as much money as possible is directed towards the trail rehabilitation goals, both Quickload and McElhanney will be covering all of the costs of the Mount Hays Quickcimb event.

“We are overjoyed to be working with McElhanney to increase this event’s impact beyond what was achieved in previous years ...  Prince Rupert residents have historically had access to a rich network of local trails and facilities. This event will not only raise money to help re-establish safe access to the city’s backcountry, it will introduce new participants to the challenges and rewards of trail running.” -- Kristina De Araujo, Director of Corporate Services and Business Development for Quickload Logistics. 

As part of the August 16th ascent there will be entertainment and a barbecue provided at the base of the mountain to make the event a family friendly and offer encouragement to the base team support groups, who will be working with those making the 708 metre climb of Mount Hays.

The fundraising portion of the project starts on June 1st, as participants register for the race, you can learn more about the event and track fundraising efforts from the website when it is launched in the coming days.

Your first glimpse of some of the momentum for this years event will come during the annual Seafest parade, with organizers of the Mount Hays Quickclimb looking to participate in this years parade with the prospect of a grand prize for parade goers who spot the float and use their mobile phones to enter the draw.

Well have more updates on the progress of the Mount Hays Quickclimb 2015 as the countdown towards the climb gets closer.

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