Hike for Youth, a hiking and trail running event that supports agencies that connect youth to the outdoors, was envisioned and created by Philip Ferranti of the Ferranti Foundation. This active, outdoor fundraising event benefits The Womens Wilderness Institute, Colorado Mountain Club and cityWILD, who will share funds to grow awareness in the Denver metro community about getting youth involved in outdoor education and environmental conservation, as well as share the love of the outdoors with fellow Coloradans.
"We are thrilled to be working in conjunction with The Women's Wilderness Institute and cityWILD to help youth get out and enjoy the wonders of Colorado's great trails," said Brenda Porter, Education Director, Colorado Mountain Club. "Hike for Youth is a perfect way for families to explore some of the most beautiful scenery Colorado has to offer, have a great time being active together, and raise much-needed funds for three deserving organizations that help support local youth."
Hike For Youth has something for everyone. Participants can choose from the following activities:
- Guided or independent gentle, moderate or vigorous hikes. All hikers will be given a Hike Passport to be stamped at various activity stations along the trails.
- 2nd Annual 10K Trail Run For Youth on a challenging single track route
- Outdoors Skills Clinics that combine either Intro to Rock Climbing or Orienteering with a hike
- Fun-filled after party at the Red Barn picnic area with music, food, activities, expo booths, massage, yoga, and activities for the whole family
The 10K run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the hikes and skills clinics start at 9 a.m. The after-party runs from noon until 3 p.m. In addition to a nominal registration fee, participants are encouraged to collect pledges for one or all of the benefitting organizations. Top fundraisers will win prizes such as outdoor gear and gift cards.
Hike for Youth is sponsored by the Ferranti Foundation, Columbia, REI and Mountainsmith For more information or to register for Hike for Youth, visit www.hikeforyouth.com.