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Established as a national monument in 1933, Death Valley did not become a national park until 1994. On October 31, 1994, the California Desert Protection Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, adding 1.3 million acres of land to Death Valley, and designating over 90 percent of the park as protected Wilderness. At 3.4 million acres, Death Valley is the largest national park in the contiguous United States.

One of the ways you can celebrate is by participating in the Death Valley National Park 25th Anniversary Virtual Run. No matter where you live in the world, you'll be able to run, walk, bike, swim, etc., on your own exercise regimen and track your progress on a virtual map of Death Valley National Park. There is even an option to upload your indoor exercise to see results on the map. Proceeds gained from participation will benefit Wilderness since that's what it's all about!

Pre-registration begins October 11th and the virtual race begins October 25th with a six-week duration. Registration will remain open for the whole campaign so you can join at anytime!

Whether your fitness goal is walking a mile or running a marathon, you can participate in this fun event, and help support Wilderness protection in Death Valley National Park. The campaign miles target is set to be cumulative of all participants. You can contribute by getting fit; try a personal goal of perhaps 10K steps a day and /or ~5 miles/day and track using (Fitbit, Apple Watch), or download the free iOS or Android apps. Be sure to share your story to raise funds and awareness for Wilderness. Have more questions about how it works? Please see the FAQ section provided by Charity Footprints at the bottom of the page or send them a note by clicking on the envelope icon on the bottom right!
COMPLETED: 1,035 miles
TARGET: 2,500 miles
RAISED: $ 680
TARGET: $ 10,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints to support this great cause
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Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Click here to set-up your devices (Fitbit, Apple Watch), or download our iOS or Android apps.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
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Preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of the Death Valley region in cooperation with our government partners: Death Valley National Park and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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How Your Participation Helps
Approximately 93% of Death Valley National Park is designated wilderness. The Death Valley Wilderness Preservation Fund helps with unfunded park projects involving the removal of graffiti and non-historic debris from the backcountry wilderness areas, as well as making cultural assessments to determine how best to return these spaces to wilderness character.
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What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Apple Watch), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign.

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.