Rock/Creek and Wild Trails today announce the release of a new short film from the 2012 Rock/Creek StumpJump 50k. The new video may be viewed online at:
The video's dramatic opening sequence depicts the fires of Ignis Glass in Chattanooga, who created the unique handmade glass trophies presented to race winners.
Rock/Creek co-owner Dawson Wheeler puts the race in perspective on a national scale: "The Rock/Creek StumpJump, flagship race of the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series, is the third-largest trail running 50k in the country. It is unquestionably one of the premier trail races in the Eastern US and highlights the beautiful, rocky trails surrounding Chattanooga. This year's participants for both the 50k and 11 miler included over 900 runners from 32 states and Canada."
Unlike recent years, this year's race brought light rain and fog for most of the race. â€œRain, mist and mud brings the mountains of the Southeast alive,â€ said videographer Andrew Kornylak. â€œAfter all the bluebird days of past races, it was nice to have some real weather for this year's StumpJump. As long as you can protect your gear from the conditions and you have a tough crew (and a great chopper pilot!) the muted range of light and dynamic cloud cover is perfect for film.â€
The race is a primary fundraiser for Wild Trails, and race proceeds fuel the annual Wild Trails grant cycle. Wild Trails is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to help build, maintain and promote multi-use trail systems in the greater Chattanooga area.
Chad Wamack, president of Wild Trails, elaborates: "The Rock/Creek StumpJump 50k draws so much positive attention this region, and it's been incredible to watch awareness about Chattanooga trail running grow over the past decade. Our partnership with Rock/Creek not only finances many of our efforts, but also puts runners onto the trails so they can experience these resources first hand and see why they're worth protecting."
The Rock/Creek StumpJump took place during Chattanooga's River Rocks festival, and the video features stunning images of festivities taking place along the riverfront, notably the race's vendor fair in Coolidge Park and â€œSwim the Suck,â€ a 10-mile open-water swim through the Tennessee River Gorge.
This year's overall 50k winner was Jonathan Allen from Simpsonville, SC. Full race results and photos may be found at http://blog.rockcreek.com/archives/sj50k-2012-rockcreek-stumpjump-50k-results-race-photos.html