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100 Mile Challenge

F3ST kicked off a new FUNraiser and Membership Drive this year. The F3ST 100 Mile Challenge. The idea is move forward 100 Miles in 100 Days for $100. That is just a mile a day!

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, participants will do any activity to that moves them  forward – walk, hike, bike, skate, paddle, skip, swim

For a $100 Donation, participants received a t-shirt, bragging rights, membership and decal (if not already a member), mileage log chart and orange marker.

This year, moving forward can take place anywhere. Eventually, the event will all be on the 100 mile Fonta Flora State Trail.

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FFST Map – Soon

Heather Cotton, Planning Director for the City of Marion, is creating a Fonta Flora State Trail map for F3ST. She is in the process of collecting information from all the local governments for their sections. The interactive map will be available online in a few weeks for everyone to explore with finished sections, sections in the works, trailheads, etc.

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Davidson’s Fort

F3ST Board Members and Town of Old Fort Aldermen met with Davidson’s Fort stakeholders to determine the route for the FFST trail from the Old Fort Park Trailhead across the fort property and toward town. The fort and the trailhead park will be side by side near Lackey Town Rd and will benefit each other.

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Hike & Learn -Black Mtn

Clint Bowman with Black Mountain Recreation was part of the “learn” before our hike along the Oaks Trail, about their programs and the community garden, the Black Mountain Greenways and F3ST. Great lunch at Foothills Local Meats – an F3ST business sponsor.

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Buncombe Planning Meeting

Strategic Planning Meeting for FFST going through Buncombe County was a great success! Directors, Planners, Council members, Neighbors, Volunteers, Ag, Rec and more …..

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Trail Class at McDowell Tech

F3ST Executive Director Beth Heile, Board Member Steve Pierce and Member Heath Cooper took part in the first ever Trail Class at McDowell Technical Community College. In this basic class, students learned Trail Types and  Experience,  Sustainable Trail Assessment and Maintenance, and Trail Safety with First Aid/CPR.

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Hike & Learn – Old Fort

30 folks came out for the Old Fort Hike and Learn. It started at the Old Fort Ride House, hikers learned from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, hiked property that FCNC received from the Alison Family and then had lunch at F3ST Business Partner Hillman Beer – Old Fort