Pacific Harbors Council’s Thunderbird 50 Miler Challenge is an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors while helping raise money for outdoor youth programming in the Pacific Northwest! Throughout July and August, we are encouraging our supporters, friends, and other outdoor enthusiasts to get outside and test your physical fitness and push beyond. This is a virtual hike which means you get to choose where and when you walk, hike, bike, or run and log the distance in the ap! It makes it seamless and social distance friendly! Take as many days as you need to complete your 50 miles before the deadline.

What is a virtual race?
A virtual race can be completed anytime and anywhere (even indoors on a treadmill!) and participants can participate through walking, running, bike riding, and any other distance sport. You get until August 31st, 2020 to complete the 50-mile challenge and input your mileage. Once you complete, we will send you the fabulous finisher medal and a special 50 miler patch as a thank you for supporting such a great cause!

How do you participate?
Simply register here for the Thunderbird 50 Miler Challenge. We have partnered with Charity Footprints to provide a seamless distance tracker that connects to your current fitness tracking apps or you can manually enter your distance as you go. Complete your 50 miles anytime and anywhere and broken up however you like between now and August 31st, 2020. We will mail you a finisher’s medal and unique challenge patch after you complete the challenge or when the race is completed, whichever comes first.
*Looking for an extra challenge?! Scouts usually complete the 50 miles in 5 days! Can you do it?

What is a 50 Miler?
This challenge is mirrored after the traditional 50 Miler Award for Scouting for Venturers, Varsity Scouts, Scouts BSA members and leaders who complete 50-miles in a five-day trek and complete a service project for a minimum of 10 hours. It is the highlight of many Scouts experiences and they train for it!
COMPLETED: 8,699 miles
TARGET: 5,000 miles
RAISED: $ 8,770
TARGET: $ 15,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints by traveling around the bootprint!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
The mission of the BSA is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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How Your Participation Helps
We had to cancel all of our spring program and fundraising events and most of our summer events as well due to COVID-19. We are happy to stay safe, but this has made a significant impact on Pacific Harbors ability to fundraise and ensure quality programing can continue after this pandemic is over. In short, we are asking for your help to support our mission and vision now, so we can continue into the future.
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, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), 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.