30th Annual Neder-Nederland Race

Beneficiaries

Please read on to learn why, other than the pure fun of setting up a race, we are hosting the 29th Anuunal Neder-Nederland Race.


PRIMARY PURPOSE

Our initial primary purpose is to sponsor youth running sports in the Nederland area.  With the downturn in the US economy, local schools have been forced to cut or reduce funding to sports programs.  Capital purchases as modest as school record boards have been put on hold for years.  Upon discovering that the Nederland Chamber of Commerce was not in a position to continue managing and directing the Race, and of a parallel opportunity to simultaneously help local youth running sports and the Town of Nederland, Nederland Trustee Rob Joseph and the Robinson family runners and coaches came together to direct this year’s Neder-Nederland Race, volunteering their time, energy and skill.


The Nederland Middle/Senior High School Panthers cross country and track & field teams have had great success statewide in recent years. Kat and Kelley Robinson (Ken's daughters) have led the Nederland Middle and High Schools to consecutive state championships team titles in cross country and several individual champions in track & field.  These successes have been a source of community pride and have encouraged many children to become involved in sports programs that promote achievement throughout life. 


TOWN SOCIALS, EVENTS, AND CHAMBER ACTIVITIES

Yes, it's true that we love helping our community, but we're not totally angelic!  We like to have a good time too, so this section is a great way to mix pleasure with pleasure.  The Neder-Nederland Race is a member of the Nederland Chamber of Commerce and supports town-wide functions and events throughout the year.  


FOOD DRIVES

This year, our goal is to provide
$20 towards a New Year's Day meal to at least 10 (and hopefully more) families in the Nederland area.  In 2008, the BolderBOULDER and its participants donated 16,385 pounds of food to Boulder Community Food Share.  While we can't match that in volume, we can give it a go in spirit, so we're reaching out to families in need within our own community.


ONE WORLD RUNNING SHOE DRIVE

The Neder-Nederland Race
collects shoes for One World Running.  Shoes are distributed to under-privileged athletes all over the world.  Unusable shoes are collected for Ecocycle and ground up and made into athletic surfaces such as basketball courts, tennis courts and school playgrounds.


NON PROFIT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The Neder-Nederland Race donates generously to non-profit groups in the community that help to stage the race.  For example, in 2010, the Race contributed $250 to the Nederland Area Seniors.  If your non-profit organization is interested in volunteering at the race, click here for more information.