Representatives of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce recently presented a check for $15,000 to the Forsyth County Parks Foundation.
The funding was raised during this year’s Boulder Dash 5K, which was held April 28.
Jason Mock, director of the chamber’s Small Business Services Center, said the foundation was chosen in the run’s first year in 2010.
“We knew when starting this race that we needed a beneficiary,” Mock said. “When we came down to it, we realized if we gave to [a national health organization] we really couldn’t show that that money was being used in Forsyth County and helping residents of Forsyth, so we turned to the parks and rec [department] … and said this is a great opportunity to keep our money local.”
Mock said the foundation hasn’t determined what specific projects this year’s donation will be used for, but in years past they have been used for educational programs such as signs along the Big Creek Greenway.
“It’s been a great partnership and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them for years to come,” Mock said.
He noted that this year’s Boulder Dash, which traveled from Northside Hospital-Forsyth through the Lafarge quarry, drew some 1,400 runners.
“And we had a 90 percent completion rate … that is almost unheard of and it really speaks highly of our community and the people that get behind the Boulder Dash,” Mock said.