NCF’s 2024 Race for Open Space went off without a hitch last Saturday with a record-breaking 686 participants! These participants came from all over the year-round and seasonal island communities to support NCF’s mission. The race is an annual community event hosted by NCF at the Milestone Cranberry Bog intended to raise awareness and funds for all of NCF’s conservation endeavors. Participants have the option to run a 10k through the scenic trails of the Moors, a 5k around the outskirts of the cranberry bog, or walk 2 miles through the bog. Dozens of island businesses helped sponsor the race and some offered their services on the day, including catering from Island Kitchen and massages from Lavender Farms Wellness.

We at NCF are proud to have been running this successful community event for 23 years now and look forward to continuing the tradition. Our dedicated staff help the race run smoothly, from planning the course, publicity, manning water stations, to registration, and cheering on the racers. We would like to thank all the participants for their support of NCF’s mission. Proceeds and additional donations from the race help fund wildlife conservation including research on Northern Long-eared Bats, American Eels, Spotted Turtles, and Horseshoe Crabs. The funds also go a long way in helping NCF protect the Island’s nesting shorebirds, control invasive species, and manage our over 9000 acres of land to conserve open spaces and provide public access to these beautiful landscapes.

We look forward to hosting this race every year and always appreciate the overwhelming support from the Island community.

To see the results from this year’s race please click here.

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