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Old 01-24-2020, 10:07 PM   #1
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NFCT to buy 90 miler

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Old 01-25-2020, 09:40 PM   #2
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Brian and Grace are synonymous with the Adirondack Canoe Classic, including Brian's calls at the finish line. Once they transition out, it'll feel a lot different. I wish them luck in retirement if that's what's planned, or in whatever they decide to do next.
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Old 01-25-2020, 10:00 PM   #3
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Brian and Grace are dear friends of me and my wife. Brian was my paddling partner during the first Yukon 1000 mile canoe race. This sad announcement has been coming for several years, as Brian has related to us. Had a couple of false starts, but this is apparently the real thing this time. Karrie may pull it off, but insider talk has always been that it will be very difficult to keep Brian's community of connections and followings of experienced and dedicated volunteers to continue on with the next owner.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:14 PM   #4
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Definitely big news. Agree that the NFCT is taking on a huge task but I am glad that the race is being sold to them vs a 3rd party, for a variety of reasons. I've always liked the NFCT's model for how to manage a long trail- not just promoting recreational use but also facilitating stewardship, through both paid trail crews and volunteer work day opportunities (and much of that trail maintenance undertaken on the NY stretch of the trail has been conducted with the 90 miler specifically in mind). They've also gotten involved in the environmental education gig through their Northern Forest Explorers program. And lastly, they've invested a lot into trying to give back to the communities along the trail as well- and the 90 miler especially is a great means of furthering this goal for the Adirondack trail towns along the NFCT.

The 90 miler is probably another order of magnitude more challenging, but I think with the Highgate Dam removal in VT, the NFCT has proven that it is up to the task of taking on larger and more complex projects than just trail and campsite maintenance- projects that involve cohesive cooperation between multiple different agencies and advocacy/volunteer groups.

(I should probably include the disclaimer here that I was employed by the NFCT for a couple of seasons. )
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Old 02-18-2020, 05:18 PM   #5
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I fully support the NFCT taking up the mantel of the race. They have big shoes to fill. Whenever the management of an organization or program changes you can be assured there will be changes in how things are done. Nothing remains the same forever. We need to have patience, be supportive and slow to criticize. I wish them all the best and I thank them for picking up the reins of this great event.
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