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TEXSAR's Trek Across Texas Challenge is a virtual, month-long physical challenge fundraiser. Registration is $35 ($45 for late registration), and participants can choose one of our courses based on distance (10 mi., 30 mi., 50 mi., 100 mi., or 150 mi.) to complete within the month by either walking or running that distance. If you'd like to participate by doing a different activity, we also have an Off-Road Trek category for all non-walking/running activities such as biking, swimming, kayaking, etc. Crawling is allowed, but 5.11 pants are expensive.
This challenge is perfect for anyone who:
These are the courses from which you can choose one (note: you don’t need to actually follow these routes, they just represent the distance and help you visualize how far you’ve traveled across our state!)
What's new from last year?
Early registration will run from 8:00am on March 1st to 11:59pm on March 31st for $35. Included with each registration is a dry-fit t-shirt with the race logo, a few fun freebies, and a digital bib. Physical items will be mailed to you and arrive within the first week of the race if you register by March 15th, and the first 170 registrants will be guaranteed their preferred shirt size. Registration will be open until the end of the challenge on April 30th; however, the price of registration will increase to $45 after March 31st. Those who register after March 20th may not receive their registration package until after the first week of April. Our Referral Rewards program gives you a discount when you get friends/family to sign up using your link, so invite anyone you think may be interested!
The challenge period will begin on April 1st and end at 11:59pm on April 30th. Participants upload their time and distance progress to the virtual race platform, allowing them to compete with fellow challengers. Look forward to weekly wrap-ups on the Challenge Updates page as well as the official Trek Across Texas Facebook Group, and compete against each other to see who can top the leaderboard for their category! This is your chance to show off your athletic prowess by rising in the rankings above your teammates. The top challengers within each sub-category that meet their course distance goal in the shortest amount of time will get a prize pack. If you aren’t living on the edge, you're taking up way too much space.
If you’d like to help TEXSAR in a BIG WAY, at NO EXTRA COST to you, listen up! The best way you can support TEXSAR is to set up your own individual fundraising page here! This is a page you can share with friends and family via email/text/social media post, and tracks the donations that you as an individual are able to raise for TEXSAR. We’ve got extra special prizes for those who reach certain milestones or finish at the top of our fundraising leaderboard. This part of the race fundraiser is where you can really make a difference, so we encourage each and every participant to create a page and give it a go!
We've made it as easy as possible for you to do set it up upon registration and start collecting donations. There's no fundraising minimum, but we encourage you to set a high goal (like $1,000). You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
Throughout your journey, we’d love to see your in-action photos and status updates. Post them in the Facebook group and/or tag us in your social media posts at @texsar on Facebook and Instagram, or @texsar1 on Twitter. Use the hashtags listed below! Be goofy, we expect it from many of you.
No social media? No problem! Just send any pictures and comments to us at email@example.com and we can post them for you so you can join the fun.
We will be offering a prize pack for the top photo in each of these categories:
Based on government guidance, and at the recommendation of TEXSAR President Justin McInnis and TEXSAR Medical Director Dr. Luke Husby, the guidelines for any return to or engagement in TEXSAR sponsored in-person activities (deployment, training, meeting, etc) are at a minimum to:
It is recommended that you see a physician prior to beginning an exercise program unless you have been exercising regularly.
Interested in sponsoring the challenge? Contact Shannon Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 512-956-6727
We can only ship to addresses within the United States. Please ensure that the address you enter upon registration is the address you wish to receive your race packet and/or prize pack at.
Participants that register by March 15th, 2020 will receive their race packets within the first week of the challenge. Participants that register after March 15th, 2020 will still receive their race packets, but they may not arrive until after April 1st. Prize packs will be shipped out after the challenge ends.
If the shipping address you entered is not correct, please contact us at email@example.com as soon as possible. If a package is delivered to the wrong address due to an incorrect address being submitted by the participant, the participant will be responsible for additional shipping costs if they would like the package re-sent to them.
What is a virtual challenge?
Participants in a virtual challenge choose their course, which determines the distance that they have to complete within the challenge period (which is from 4/1 - 4/30/2021 for this event). You can earn your miles by walking, jogging, or running anywhere- even indoors on a treadmill. If you'd like to do a different activity, we encourage you to register for our Off-Road Trek category!
You most certainly don’t have to complete the entire distance all at once- plan to spread your miles out throughout the month! You don’t have to wait to upload your results either. Log into your RunSignup account and periodically update your total time and total mileage so we can see where you are in the challenge.
How do I register?
Check out the video linked here for a walkthrough of the registration process!
Can I register multiple participants at once?
Yes! You can register multiple people in one transaction. Once you've entered Registrant #1's information, scroll down and click the gray button that says '+ Add Another Registrant'. This will pop up a form for Registrant #2.
For a walkthrough of registering multiple people, check out the video linked here!
How do I set up an individual fundraising page?
Click the tab that says ‘Donate’ on the left side of this page. Click on the dropdown tab that says ‘Become a Fundraiser’.
For a walkthrough on setting up your fundraising page, check out the video linked here! Jump to 3:10 to start at the explanation of the individual fundraising page.
How do I track my distance and time my run? How do I submit results?
Make sure that all of your results are uploaded before 11:59 PM on May 1st- we won’t be accepting submissions after that time!
How can I see the results of other participants?
Click the tab that says ‘Results’ on the left side of this page.
How can I see the results of other participants within a group?
Click the tab that says ‘Group/Teams’ on the left side of this page.
How do I upload pictures?
After submitting your results (scroll up to see how you can submit results), you will be taken to a confirmation page that says that your activity has been saved. There will be a grey button at the bottom of the page that says 'Submit Your Photos!' Follow the prompts to upload and submit your photos.
Alternatively, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be uploaded on your behalf.
I don’t have social media. How can I see everyone’s pictures and view challenge updates/shoutouts?
Click the tab that says ‘Challenge Updates’ on the left side of this page. This page will be continually updated with weekly wrapups, challenge updates, and any shoutouts that we post on social media!
To find photos that other participants have posted through the RunSignup platform, click the tab that says ‘Photos’ on the left side of this page.
When is the last day I can submit results?
The last day you can submit the results for your event is 5/1/2021 at 11:59pm.
TEXSAR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit first responder organization headquartered in Austin, Texas. TEXSAR serves all citizens of the State of Texas and deploys at the request of law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency management agencies. TEXSAR provides specialized services such as ground search and rescue; flood and swiftwater rescue; K9 search, rescue, and recovery; disaster relief services; wildland fire; aerial search; UAV support; and dive team operations. TEXSAR is fully self-sufficient, including incident management team (IMT) capabilities, logistics and communications. TEXSAR’s services are free to requesting agencies and are staffed by volunteers who are trained professionals in their fields.
TEXSAR is made up of multiple divisions across the State and deploys to all 254 counties in the State of Texas. TEXSAR has been a significant leader in emergency services and disaster response in the great state of Texas since 2004 and over the years has evolved into one of the largest non-paid search and rescue organizations in the State.
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