Natural Lands' trek-a-thon

Tue June 1 - Wed June 30, 2021 Any trail, PA 19063 US
How Does It Work?

it’s simple...

  • Register yourself or your team here. It's free! 
    • Teams are twice the fun! Create a team with your friends, family, and co-workers.
    • Teams can be 2 to 25 people. Have more than 25? Create multiple teams for some friendly competition.
  • Start trekking at our nature preserves, in your own neighborhood, or on your treadmill.
    • You may use any tracking app you would like. Don’t have a tracking app? There are lots of free tracking apps that you can download onto your smart phone including Strava, Apple Health, Google Health, Steps App, and Map My Walk.
    • If unable to track your mileage, you may estimate, but please be as accurate as possible. 
  • Log your miles June 1 to June 30 and submit them to us online here.
    • Mileage is on the honor system.
  • Share your trekking experience on social media.
    • Join the Trek-a-Thon Facebook page (coming soon)
    • Use the hashtag #trekathon2021

go the extra mile. 

  • Set a fundraising goal and ask friends and family to sponsor you or your team's trek.
    • We suggest a minimum goal of $250. That’s only 10 people sponsoring you $1 per mile for 25 miles (only 6.25 miles per week!).
  • Create your own fundraising page where you can share your story and collect pledges.
  • Estimate the number of miles you will walk, hike, or jog in a month and include that number on your fundraising page or pledge form so that your sponsors have an idea of how much they will be donating.
  • Tell your friends, family, and co-workers why you support Natural Lands’ mission to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors, and why they should sponsor you.
  • Ask for pledges—they can be any amount per mile or a flat donation.
  • For complete instructions on setting-up your fundraiser and collecting pledges, click here
  • Create a company team to maximize the fun.
  • Ask your employer to match your donation or pledge your team’s miles.

 

faq's

who is Natural Lands? 
Mission - save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors. 
Natural Lands is a non-profit organization that saves open space, cares for nature, and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. We’ve been at it since the early 1950s and, today, nearly five million people live within five miles of lands under our permanent protection.
For more information on Natural Lands and how you can help, please visit natlands.org
 
how and when do I submit my mileage?
Click HERE to submit mileage
Hike, walk, or run either at our nature preserves, in your own neighborhood, or on your treadmill. Log your miles from June 1 to June 30, and submit them to us online. All results must be submitted by July 2nd.
You're welcome to submit your mileage daily or weekly - your choice! Results will be automatically tallied online, so be sure to check the leaderboard on the results page. 
 
how do I track my mileage and which activities count? 
You may use any tracking app you would like. Don’t have a tracking app? There are lots of free tracking apps that you can download onto your smart phone including Strava, Apple Health, Google Health, Steps App, and Map My Walk.
If unable to track your mileage using an app, you may estimate, but please be as accurate as possible.
Mileage is on the honor system.
Any mileage you logged during an activity such as hiking, walking, or running should be logged. Do not use your daily step count to track mileage. 
 
is this a race?
Nope! This is just a fun, month-long challenge tracking as many miles as you want to go. Do what you can, when you can.

who can participate?
Anyone from anywhere! All ages and abilities are welcome.
 
can we participate as a team?
Yes. Teams are twice the fun! Create a team with your friends, family, and co-workers. Teams can be 2 to 25 people. Have more than 25? Create multiple teams for some friendly competition. Please click here for directions on how to create a team.
 
etiquette tips for participants.
  • We want everyone to be safe and feel comfortable when visiting our preserves, so please no spitting or other gross stuff. COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets and transmission may occur when these droplets enter the mouths, noses, or eyes of people who are nearby. Carry tissues with you on the go and dispose of them properly.
  • Please don’t go out if you feel sick or if you have been in contact with anyone else who does.
  • Be sure to practice safe distancing procedures while out on your runs. Give other runners, walkers, bicyclists at least 6' of distance even when passing.
  • Keep your dogs on a leash (no off-leash dogs on any Natural Lands’ properties) and shorten the leash when necessary so others can pass easily.
  • Leave No Trace: All Natural Lands’ buildings and facilities are closed, and many other parks’ facilities are as well. Take what you need with you and be sure to pack it back out.
 
when will I receive the merchandise I ordered from the store?
All online purchases are being specially ordered, and will begin shipping within 1-2 weeks of purchase. Shipping times are dependent on our supplier and the U.S. Postal Service, so we greatly appreciate your patience.  

when will category winners be determined? 
Category winners will be determined within 1 week of the end of the Trek-a-Thon. All mileage must be submitted by July 2nd. Prizes will be mailed to winners following the final results.  

 

Didn't answer your question? Email brennix@natlands.org

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