June 02, 2020
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Trekkers embraces the untraditional for virtual 5K/10K Thomaston Trek fundraiser

Community Author: Teresa Valdepenas
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For its seventh annual fundraising event, Trekkers will host a virtual 5K/10K. Registration is now open and participants can run or walk (or skip!) anytime during the month of June on any route they choose (that safely follows social distancing guidelines.) The $25 entry donation supports Trekkers, a non-profit youth development organization.

 

Despite this year’s untraditional virtual format, Trekkers is excited to make the event feel as in-person as possible. Executive Director Amie Hutchison says, “As always, it’s a way to bring people together through healthy challenge. This year, we realized we could extend the invitation to our entire community so anyone can participate no matter where they are. We hope our community sees this as an opportunity to come together to do something fun and support our young people.” The month-long event is especially convenient for those who want to form teams and create a shared experience with others, while being apart.

Participants are encouraged to get creative with events and already, some are showing up for the challenge. One family team has signed up to walk a 5K at sunset each week and share pictures from wherever they are. Lead corporate sponsor First National Bank in Rockland has formed a team named the “First National Bank Dream Team.”

 

The event kicks off on June 1 at 8:30 a.m. with video of a whistle-blow start on Facebook. Each week, individuals and teams who post and tag @trekkersonline on Facebook will be cheered on and winners will be celebrated across categories like top finishers, most interesting route and most outrageous running outfit. To cap off the event on June 30, Trekkers will announce winners and showcase awards. Participants who register before June 1 also receive a T-shirt.

 

To learn more about Thomaston Trek or to register, visit the race website at https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Rockland/ThomastonTrek

 

The Trekkers mission is to cultivate the inherent strengths of young people through the power of long-term mentoring relationships. Their programs provide students with outdoor and experiential education that has shown to strengthen resiliency, raise aspirations, help students define post-secondary goals, and increase their sense of connection to their communities.

 

Founded in 1994, Trekkers serves grade 7-12 students from the Midcoast communities of Owls Head, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Rockland, Cushing and St. George. Recognizing that youth throughout Maine and beyond could benefit from applying the Trekkers model, the Trekkers Training Institute was founded in 2016 to provide training in Trekkers Youth Development Principles to youth development professionals and educators. To learn more about Trekkers programs or professional development opportunities for youth development practitioners, please visit the Trekkers website at trekers.org.