New this COVID year: a Trekathon at one of Redlands Conservancy’s managed properties, San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary in Redlands. Read more.
Events Committee Chair Anneli Pendley says no one else is doing this event. Following a tried and true formula for generating funds and fun, the Trekathon will invite participants to pay a small fee to join the trek and pledge to raise a certain amount of money, depending on how far the participant hikes on the San Tim trails. Where the participant gets the money doesn’t matter, as long as it’s legal – from family, friends, neighbors, business relations, their own check account – any source is fair game.
“We’re going to take advantage of the incomparable open spaces we manage for the City of Redlands,” Pendley said. “We’re inviting our supporters to walk a mile – or more – for Redlands Conservancy, on the beautiful trails at San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary.”
Redlands Conservancy’s Trekathon is set for Saturday, November 7, from 9am to 2pm. Participants will arrive at the Alessandro entrance of San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary, check in and then take a hike. They will enjoy walking near a year-round creek, listening for the red-tailed hawks, sniffing in the autumn scents of river bottom land, and inhaling clean, cool, autumn air. They can hike all the way to the west end before they return – a five-mile trek – or take shorter routes, or hike the same route twice. The more they hike, the more money they raise. It’s a healthful activity and no one has to dress up.
When they get done, participants will receive a special bag lunch prepared by one of Redlands’ outstanding food purveyors, enjoy refreshments at Bobcat Bowl, and relax. At least one special-event photographer will be on hand to photograph participants to document their successful trek.
“We’re pleased to be able to invite our supporters to enjoy more of Redlands,” Pendley said. “The Trekathon gathers the whole family, will be priced for everyone to enjoy, and helps us make more connections to our community. We’re also considering opening up some friendly competition for the fund-raising in single, pair, family and business categories.”
Ultimately, Pendley asks, “Would you walk a mile for Redlands Conservancy?” She invites supporters to watch the email, website and facebook for details about how to be part of the 2020 Trek-athon.
As with everything that is going on now, plans may change depending on what the virus does with us.