Hit the Trail Challenge returns in May

The fourth annual Hit the Trail Challenge returns in May.

Whitefish Legacy Partners needs the community’s help to get every dollar, as health and wellness sponsors – High Stakes Foundation, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of Montana and Logan Health Whitefish – have pledged $25,000 in matching funds. For every mile traveled on the Whitefish Trail during the month of May, $1 will be donated to support the Whitefish Trail and our local conservation lands.

Participate as an individual for free or participate as a workplace team for a fee. School groups, community groups and non-profit organizations can participate for free as workplace teams. Miles can be logged with an online form, by joining the Hit the Trail Challenge Strava Club, or by paper roadmap. Prizes and raffle prizes will be awarded to the best participants.

Sign up and save your miles in May at www.whitefishlegacy.org/hitthetrail.

Last year’s Hit the Trail Challenge engaged 1,150 unique individuals, including 17 workplace teams and all grade levels at Whitefish Middle School, to complete 27,345 miles and raise $27,345 for the Whitefish Trail – 8 245 miles were traveled, 14,429 miles were cycled, 4,228 miles were logged and 443 miles were logged on horseback. Using medium intensity levels for these activities, participants spent approximately 8,998 hours recreating outdoors burning 3,418,125 calories during the month of May 2021.

“The Whitefish Trail and surrounding open lands are extremely important to our community. Local trails are one of our best free health and wellness resources, and our Hit the Trail challenge encourages the community to improve their physical and emotional health through outdoor recreation,” said Alan Davis. , Chief Development Officer of Whitefish Legacy Partners.

The Whitefish Trail is the anchor project of Whitefish Legacy Partners and the result of collaborative partnerships providing public access and recreation while protecting clean water, thriving forests and key wildlife habitats on open land located in the Whitefish Trail. urban interface of Whitefish, Montana. To date, Whitefish Legacy Partners and the Town of Whitefish have established 47 miles of a recreational trail system accessible through 15 trailheads.

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