For a second year, the Redlands Conservancy will host its Fresh Air Challenge, an event that challenges Redlands residents to walk, run, cycle or horseback a total of one million kilometers during the month of January.
The Conservancy created the event, co-sponsored by the City of Redlands, in late 2020 as a pandemic-safe way to raise funds to help keep the city’s open spaces and trails open and to fund the program. outdoor education at the Conservancy, according to a press release.
During the challenge, registered participants record the kilometers traveled in January by any means of non-motorized transport.
In the January 2021 challenge, there were over 300 participants, and they logged 27,000 miles, according to a press release.
“We haven’t walked a million miles, but it’s possible if each of the 70,000 residents of Redlands has only traveled 15 kilometers during the month,” said Kathy Behrens, organizer of the Fresh Air Challenge, in the press release.
Registration is $ 40 for adults and includes an event t-shirt. There is no registration fee for children and students. Children’s t-shirts are available for $ 12.
To register, go to redlandsconservancy.org/challenge-2022/.
The 2022 Fresh Air Challenge will kick off with an opening event at 9:00 a.m. on January 2 at Ed Hales Park on State Street and Fifth Street in downtown Redlands. Those who have not yet registered can do so at that time, and those who registered before December 10 can pick up their t-shirts at the opening event. Those who register after that will receive their T-shirts at the end of January.
The opening event will include food and entertainment.
A new feature of the 2022 Challenge is a School Challenge, with public and private schools in Redlands invited to form teams of students or staff or both. Miles recorded by students and staff, and their families, will count towards the school team, and the school with the most miles at the end of January will win the challenge – and an ice cream party. , according to the press release.
The recording system is also new, with participants being able to record their kilometers directly from devices such as Fitbits or through Strava or other tracking software.
For more information, visit redlandsconservancy.org/challenge-2022/.