The Palmetto Challenge inspires teams of two, three or four to hike or bike as many miles as possible between March 11 and April 28 on the state’s trails, greenways and sidewalks.
Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF), the Challenge host, invites teams across the state to register up until February 25th for the challenge. Each week, teams will submit weekly mileage which will be visible on the PCF website so that teams can keep up with their competitors. Smartphone apps and Fitbit are two methods of tracking the miles. Team registration is free for PCF members and $20 for non-member teams that wish to participate. And yes, a fleet-footed pooch can be half of a team.
The hiking and biking teams with the most miles logged will win the 2019 Challenge, but the number PCF wants everyone to beat is last year’s record of over 8,000 miles covered.
All participants are invited to PCF’s Annual Member and Volunteer Cookout, where winners in each category will be awarded prizes.
PCF encourages teams to use the Palmetto Trail, but any trail or sidewalk is acceptable. The Palmetto Trail, which PCF is building, is South Carolina’s premier hiking and biking trail. From mountains to sea, the Trail winds from Walhalla to Awendaw through 14 counties: Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Union, Laurens, Newberry, Fairfield, Richland, Sumter, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Berkeley and Charleston. About 360 (of 500) Trail miles are open along 28 passages. One of the many trailheads is at most a two-hour drive from any part of the state. The Palmetto Trail is a free public resource for state residents and visitors.
So, pull out the hiking gear or pump up the bike tires, create a team with a catchy name, and register online via Eventbrite.com or by going to www.palmettoconservation.org.
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