Update for 2020: Even though the race was cancelled, we were still committed to making the donation to the race beneficiaries. We discussed with both 44 Trails Association and the Hood River Valley Cross Country and Track team coach the idea of donating instead to a local food bank; FISH Food Bank. They both agreed to forgo the donation this year and have it all go to food bank. We also gave runners the option of donating their registration fee to the food bank instead of receiving the race credit.
FISH Food Bank has locations in Hood River, Cascade Locks, Odell, and Parkdale and serves people in need of food assistance in Hood River County and Mosier.
Go Beyond Racing donates a portion of your registration fee to a worthy organization.
For the Wy’east Wonder, we have two! The beneficiaries are the 44 Trails Association and the Hood River school district track and cross country teams.
The 44 Trails Association is actively involved in the planning, building, maintenance and stewardship of the trails accessible from the FS44 road in Wasco and Hood River Counties and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge area. 44Trails is a non-profit 501(c)3 community service corporation, staffed entirely by volunteers and financed by fund-raising events and donations.
Hood River Valley High School cross country and track teams are the second beneficiary. You will meet some of these student athletes on the course and at the race. The boys cross country team took 6th place and the girls team was 2nd at the 2017 Oregon State Championships!