The FootZone, Bend’s downtown shoe store, just donated more than $23,000 to the Deschutes Land Trust. The donation represents proceeds from the annual Dirty Half Trail Run, and brings the five year FootZone donation total to more than $100,000.
The Deschutes Land Trust, whose mission it is to conserve land in Central Oregon, is in the midst of an ambitious effort to acquire and conserve Skyline Forest, a 33,000 acre former tree farm between Bend and Sisters, and key stretches of river for salmon and steelhead.
“The money raised by this year’s Dirty Half will help the Land Trust’s work to protect land in Central Oregon, including projects like Skyline Forest. The FootZone’s donations from the last five years of Dirty Half Trail Runs have been critical to our efforts to pursue these huge projects including the next generation of running trails” says Brad Chalfant, executive director of the Land Trust.
Teague Hatfield, owner of FootZone, explains that when FootZone created the race in 2001, it was not about raising money. “We just wanted to create a great running event. It was a natural fit for the store, race director Dave Thomason, and me. And, it made sense over time for this scenic trail run to benefit a local organization that protects land in Central Oregon,” says Hatfield.
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