Since 2005, the Gorge après Gorge 5k Trail Run and Family Fun Walk has brought together families and individuals for outdoor recreation on the Sunday after Thanksgiving at the Chesterfield Gorge in Chesterfield. The event was started by organizers Leslie Charles and Tanya Rapinchuk as a way to celebrate community, and get outside and appreciate nature with friends, family, and neighbors at a time of year when New Englanders tend to stay inside and become sedentary. It began with just a few dozen people, and has grown over the years as word has spread about this wonderful family-oriented event.
In recent years, over 200 people have congregated at the Chesterfield Gorge to exercise outside together and enjoy the unique offerings of this event. The community potluck after the run and walk, the hand-knit and -crocheted hat prizes for the top runners, and the edible cookie medals for the race finishers make this a walk & run unlike any other. The hand-made hats even come from people as far away as California!
Hilltown Land Trust became a cosponsor of Gorge après Gorge in 2015, and we are thrilled to be involved with this wonderful event that brings the hilltown community together and gets folks outside at a time of year when people often retreat indoors.
Every year, the run begins at 9:30 am, and the walk at 11 am. Afterwards, participants stick around for complementary hot beverages and to enjoy the community potluck. People are encouraged to bring their own mugs, or to buy a reusable one at the event. Hilltown Land Trust hosts a raffle, with prizes from many local businesses in the hilltowns and nearby communities.
Registration information will be announced on this website, HLT’s Facebook page and the Gorge apres Gorge Facebook page as soon as it is available for the year. All proceeds from registration fees go to benefit Hilltown Land Trust and the Zephyr Rapinchuk Memorial Fund.
All are welcome! It’s a family affair, but please leave dogs at home. Spend time outside with friends, neighbors, and future friends to celebrate the love of life, nature, running, and walking! Please contact the Hilltown Land Trust Community Engagement Coordinator for more information: hltoutreach <at> thetrustees <dot> org or 413-628-4485, ext 4.
A big thank you to our 2017 sponsors!
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