Randy Richardson is the Developmental Director of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. We are truly honored to have him join us in the upcoming Hiking for Health community event.
Growing up in South Woodstock, Randy first inherited his love of hiking and the outdoors from his family. An educator most of his life, first as a teacher and coach and then as an administrator, Randy led the Derryfield School in Manchester and later served as headmaster at the Oliverian School in Pike. Now as the development director for UVTA, he has the unique privilege of advocating for our trails. Still an educator at heart, he spends much of his time encouraging all of us to be stewards of our trails, whether by giving testimony to state legislators or teaching a high school trail corps member to use a crow bar.
Randy currently lives in Woodstock where you will find him hiking with his dogs, family, and friends. He is deeply connected to trails, and particularly those of the Upper Valley. It is on trails that he has fallen in love, healed and connected with himself and with nature. Our trails are important community resources, not only connecting us to our beautiful landscape, but also to each other and better health. Randy credits our back yard trails with everything from a nice morning hike to helping him through some of life’s greatest challenges, and he knows first-hand how to use hiking as a way to foster both physical and spiritual health.
Join us this Saturday for Hiking for Health as Randy talks about his experiences on the trails of the Upper Valley and how you too can find your path. Next week, following our Hiking for Health program, we’ll also be sitting down with him for a Q&A, which we can’t wait to share with you.
To read more about Randy in his own words, check out the fantastic piece he wrote last year for Upper Valley News: Learning the True Value of Trails.