Vibram has been named as the 2005 Corporate Award recipient by the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA). The award was presented during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, and officially changes hands from past winner, Vasque, to this year’s recipient.

In an era when corporate responsibility makes front page news on a regular basis, Vibram proves that big business can make good neighbors. Sponsored by Quabaug Corporation (the official North American manufacturer of Vibram products), the company has donated significant monetary support and resources, as well as the creation of Vibram CDT Volunteer Service Awards to recognize outstanding participants.

Such contributions offer invaluable advances in the effort to complete the congressionally designated Continental Divide Trail (CDT) stretching 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada. A fitting choice for this award, Vibram has been a charter sponsor of the Alliance since the beginning, and a key reason CDTA celebrates a 10th Anniversary this year.

According to Kevin Donahue, president & CEO of Quabaug Corporation, “This massive undertaking to complete what will be considered one of our country’s greatest national treasures, speaks to the essence of our company and our desire to give back to our public lands.” Donahue has put his words to action both in business and as a volunteer for CDTA.

CDTA’s Corporate Award goes to a company that has committed significant time and resources to the completion and protection of the CDT. Past recipients of the award include Vasque (2004), Jansport (2003), Mitsubishi Motors (2002), Coleman (2001), Kelty (2000), and REI (1999).

The Continental Divide Trail was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978. When complete, the “King of Trails” will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching 3,100 miles along the backbone of America from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting well-being.