MOULTONBOROUGH — The 16th Annual Moultonborough Fund Run/Walk will be held Saturday, August 10, beginning at the Town Playground. Registration begins at 8 a.m.and the race starts at 8:45 a.m.
The yearly event helps to raise funds for the Moultonborough Pathway and is in its seventeenth (16th) year. Pre-registration is $15 and $20 the day of the race.
Volunteers have been working on this Pathway for eighteen (18) years, and the project has taken far longer that originally hoped or planned. It is critical that Phase II of the Pathway be repaired before the connector (or Phase III) is undertaken.
Since 1995, when the first committee meeting was held, a steadfast group of volunteers has worked to raise funds from the community, and the Town has matched these funds. The bulk of the money to fund the Pathway has come from several major grants from DOT through the Transportation Enhancement Program.
When Phase II was completed, there were many obvious complaints of rocks and washouts. Since the problematic design of the path and road, separated by a strip of rock material, bikes blew tires and became a hindrance to walkers. It began an ongoing maintenance problem for Public Works and a safety issue for walkers and cyclists. Concerns were voiced at five (5) Select Board meetings both in 2007 and 2008. Attempts to fix the problem with various vegetation and smaller rocks and cement were unsatisfactory.
Finally, in 2013, a permanent solution was found and repairs to the tree farm hill have been completed. Other dangerous spots will also need to be repaired before any attempt to apply for Phase III funding.
The Fund Run/Walk event will call attention to the need for repairs and the importance of seeing this project completed.