ABOUT HSTT'S TRAILS FOR TAILS VIRTUAL RACE - 2021 CAMPAIGN
We know many of you are still stuck at home, navigating the curveballs of Covid-19 that are still with us in 2021. Exercise can help boost our mental state and physical health, so - in the continued spirit of safety and social distancing - get out, track your steps along with your furry friend and get moving without the crowd with HSTT's 2nd Annual Trails for Tails Virtual Run!
How do we participate at a distance?
The run is available for registration from May 10th - July 5th, 2021 and only $25 to join. HSTT has set a Fitness Goal of 10,000 miles and a Fundraising Goal of $20,000. In honor of our service area, which spans North to South Lake Tahoe, we encourage our runners, steppers and doers to complete a full 170 miles within the 8-week challenge – the distance of one of our local favorites – the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Participate however you are comfortable! You can walk your dog, run, sprint, yoga, dance in your kitchen - or a mixture of them all! In this race, YOU decide how to achieve your fitness goals while raising money to support our 4-legged friends! It's easy to track your progress using your phone, pedometer or smartwatch to count your steps. If wearing a device isn't your thing, you can manually enter miles run, steps taken or amount and type of exercises you've done. It's super simple and you don't need to be "techy" to participate.
Though this run is mainly for paws - not applause, we still want to highlight your achievement. Each registrant will receive a pair of our one-of-a-kind wool running socks!
Of course, this is also an excellent opportunity for runners to help HSTT fundraise. Through Peer-to-Peer fundraising, you can help raise funds that will give our community’s homeless pets a second chance at the happy life they all deserve. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to take part in the challenge (from a safe distance) or donate to your fundraiser.
YOU will help HSTT provide medical care, healthy food and a safe, warm place to await adoption to every homeless pet around Lake Tahoe!
To say THANK YOU, participants that raise $250.00 or more throughout the campaign will receive a Unisex HSTT Rise Design Hoodie of your choice.
Our Top Dog Finnishers will receive special prizes from The Finnish Long Drink!
Top Fundraiser: Long Drink Grizzly 15 Quart Rotomolded Cooler with goodies - Total prize valued over $200!
Top Distance: Long Drink Clothing & Swag for your next adventure
Top Fundraising Business Team: Cases of Long Drink and HSTT Cork hats to look stay while celebrating your success!
We will also host social media challenges along the way to keep you motivated and engaged. Once you register, you will receive a weekly email with fundraising ideas, motivation and incentives to keep you on track. We cannot wait to traverse Lake Tahoe (or your local trails) with you! To get and keep you motivated, we took the liberty of creating the most motivating playlist ever - full of songs with animals in the title. Take a listen in Spotify: Spotify Playlist
How do I register?
Your registration fee is used to help support our mission of saving and improving the lives of pets through adoption, community spay/neuter, Pet Pantry and humane education programs.
We have designed our Registration Donation Levels to fit everyone, starting at just $25.00. Your donation will also count towards your overall fundraising goals. You can sign-up as an individual or as a team and track your progress. After that, you have 8 weeks to complete your distance and fundraising goals, encouraging and challenging your friends and family to join you in getting active and raising lifesaving funds. HSTT will be there to help and encourage you every STEP of the way!
How do I count my steps?
You can use your phone, pedometer or smartwatch to count your steps. Just update your steps based on the activity you do throughout the challenge. Choose your favorite activity, and take part wherever you are to reach 170 miles with us!
A HUGE thanks to our event Sponsors
Events like these are impossible to put on without the help and support of our community partners. These businesses are a part of our life-saving efforts and support saving little lives across the Tahoe Basin and beyond.
The economic impact of COVID-19 has resulted in an uptick in animal relinquishments from within our community due to financial hardship and changes in housing caused by that hardship. In our animal-loving area, the decision to rehome a pet is heartbreaking and sad. HSTT is here to help pet owners through that selfless process by providing medical care, healthy food and a safe, warm place to live for every pet that comes our way. The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) needs your financial support to help our community caringly rehome their pets when necessary. Additionally, your contributions will help community members care for their pets during these trying times with help from our free Pet Pantry food distribution program and, once we return to normal operations, through our Wellness Clinics providing free vaccinations and microchips to animal owners in need. Our goal is to provide all the support we can in order to keep pets in their homes with the people who love them, and if rehoming is needed, to successfully place them into their forever homes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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.
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