Finally, a challenge for anyone and anywhere! We challenge you to join us for the MOVE 20 in the month of April, 2023.
Hike, bike, run, kayak, walk, swim, ski, skip, roller skate…. move 20 miles (or 32 kilometers) in a week and get trees planted on your behalf in the Appalachia area!
The challenge starts on April 1st and ends on April 30th. We will count the miles that participants have completed and will know how many trees will get planted on the participants' behalf.
We might even get a local business to support the effort and double or triple the number of trees: every mile will count!
Appalachia is one of America's most beautiful and renowned regions. It stretches from the state of New York all the way down to Alabama and Georgia, and includes the area where the Pinhoti trail is located: Talladega Blue Ridge Mountains.
Home to the namesake Appalachian Trail, more than 150 tree species can be found in the region, making it one of the most diverse ecological regions in North America. Unfortunately, the resource wealth of the region also means much of the forest has been degraded by mining and timber operations. Over the years, an estimated 83% of habitat has been lost.
If you're interested, read on. If not, please share this with a friend who might like to be a part of it.
Are you skeptical if you can complete even a small part of 20 miles? No worries! The challenge comes with the "Couch to MOVE 20 Ready" weekly plan for March. You can be fully prepared by the time April gets here.
What all is involved?
Register: You will need to register for MOVE 20 by filling out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/fvFLgF4Hu9j1LRs47
Strava: The challenge will be held using the popular app Strava to keep up with the miles participants log. You will need to provide your Strava account name in the form or email us later. If you need to create a free Strava account, visit their website to get set up: https://www.strava.com/
Payment: Participation fee is $10 (free for WOC members - sign up through the member app). It can be paid by Venmo @womensoutdoorsclub or by using our secure online store: https://womensoutdoorsclub.com/Sys/Store/Products/329744
Get Ready: After you complete your registration, you will receive your welcome packet with the "Couch to MOVE 20 Ready" weekly plan for March, and how to join MOVE 20 club on Strava where the miles will be tracked.
Challenge: During the challenge, we will communicate through the Strava club and will send out at least one weekly email with encouragement and updates.
How many trees will get planted?
It depends on you! For every registered participant:
- Complete less than 20 total challenge miles and get one tree planted on your behalf.
- Complete 20 to 80 total challenge miles and get one tree planted on your behalf for every 20 miles completed.
It will be at least one tree for every registered participant and will be 4 trees if 80 miles are completed, or less depending on miles. Collectively we can make a big impact. This challenge is worth sharing with your friends. Go ahead, share away.
The following local businesses are supporting your effort by doubling the planted trees. Keep moving!