BC trail running community comes together after theft
It has been a trying time for event organizers across North America as race after race is cancelled due to COVID-19 health and safety measures. The crew at Coast Mountain trail series are no different and announced the cancellation of remained of their season including one of the most popular trail events in the country, the Squamish 50.
"We are making some incredibly difficult decisions and sacrifices with a clear focus on how we as a small business can survive the next 12 months, while preserving as much of the value of your event entry. Events that are officially cancelled now include all but the Whistler Alpine Meadows races, which are still as of now, scheduled to be held at the end of September, though this will be revisited at the end of April." read a statement on the Coast Mountain website.
On top of an already unreal situation, yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind day for the Coast Mountain crew headed up by runner Gary Robbins as he woke up to the realization that someone had broken into their gear shed and made off with more than a $1,000 worth of supplies including a valuable generator.
Robbins took to social media to express his frustration in a post on Twitter that read: "To cap off the month from hell, someone broke into our events trailer and stole over $1,000 worth of race supplies including our generator. March 2020 will not be remembered fondly in the years to come Here's hoping for an uptick in positivity and optimism throughout April."
But, Robbins and his team have a lot of friends who rose to the occasion and moved quickly to set up a GoFundMe page and the donations starting rolling in fast and furiously.
If you meet a trail runner in Vancouver area, they all know & adore our Gary Robbins. I've just heard he's had $1000 worth of race supplies stolen (generator etc). Pls donate $1.60 (Barkley entry fee ;) ) to get the funds that Gary's team need to replace the gear. Pls retweet! https://t.co/4x2iPkVLMJ— Ellie Greenwood (@eLLiejG) April 1, 2020
The campaign quickly recouped the losses from the robbery and was closed at $1,524. Robbins again took to social media to thank all the supporters who stepped up so quickly and turned a very rough end of the month into a glimmer of positivity.
"I awoke this morning to see that one of our runners had started a GoFundMe, and our lost costs had already been covered by the generous donations from people in our trail running community. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️," he wrote as part of a longer message of gratitude.
It's not an easy time for any of us. But, if we stay close and help each other, we can come out on the other side changed for the better. Hang in there.