PEACE PARK TREK 160
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, USA | WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, CANADA
160 km (100 MILES) OF HIKING IN THE WORLD’S FIRST UNESCO INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK
SUPPORTING CANCER RESEARCH THROUGH THE TERRY FOX FOUNDATION
THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE
160 kms/100 miles | IN THE WORLD'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK
We are pleased to welcome students from universities across Canada and the USA to partake in some good ole neighbourly outdoor adventure in support of cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation, an organization founded after an inspirational Canadian hero named Terry Fox. This year’s challenge involves 160 km (100 miles) and is set in the symbolic Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. The challenge will span 7 days in early-mid August and include a 42 km marathon day to get an idea of how far Terry ran on average for 143 days.
~80 km (50 miles) | Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
~80 km (50 miles) | Glacier National Park, USA
TBD w/ trail plan | ELEVATION GAIN
EXPRESS INTEREST BELOW
Since their inception, these challenges have raised nearly $58,000 for cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation while mobilizing over 100 student and adult participants to hike over 11,000 km worth of trail.
Year 1: Terry Fox Trek 2011 - Cape Breton Highlands
The treks have humble beginnings with our first team consisting of the Whynot family and supportive friends. This team of 4 was able to raise roughly $1,400, complete 42.2 km worth of trail in a single day, and cover a total of 75 km.
Year 2: Terry Fox Trek 2012 - Gros Morne National Park
Early in 2012, a second challenge was pitched to students at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. The idea was well received and a team of 12 students were mobilized to take on a 85 km challenge over four days in the Gros Morne National Park.
Year 3: Terry Fox Trek 2013 - 5 Summit Challenge - White Mountains National Forest
A third trek took place in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire, USA. Participants summitted the five highest mountains over five days amounting to a total elevation gain greater than Mount Everest. In doing so, each participant completed over 85 km of hiking.
Year 4: Terry Fox Trek 2015 - Valley of Fire/Grand Canyon Challenge
In 2014, the trek took place in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada and the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA. Participants partook in two 42.2 km days, hiking in temperatures above 40 degrees celsius in the Valley of Fire and going from ridge to river and back in the Grand Canyon. In total, participants from Mount Allison University, University of New Brunswick and Acadia University covered 100 km in a span of 3 days.
Year 5: Gros Morne Challenge 2016 - Gros Morne National Park
Participants completed 110 km over 4 days covering almost all day-hike trails in the park and also competing a marathon day of 42.2 km.
Year 6: Banff/Jasper150 Challenge - Banff National Park/Jasper National Park
Our 28 students completed 150 km over 6 days covering some remarkable trails such as a the 44 km Skyline trail in Jasper National Park and even the slopes of Mount Terry Fox.
QUICK OVERVIEW/EXPRESS INTEREST
Location: Glacier National Park, USA - Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
Start/Meet-up location: Calgary
Transportation: All transportation to Calgary is the individuals responsibility. On-ground transportation in the parks will be van rentals.
Accommodations: Camping in both parks
Dates: One week in mid August (exact dates TBD based on group)
Total distance: 160 km (100 miles)
Team Size Cap: 24
Who can attend: University students from across Canada and USA. Supporting volunteers also welcome especially those in the health professions or have +++ outdoor experience
Costs: usually range ~$250 - ~$300 CAD which includes rental costs, gas, camping fees, park fees, etc. Food will be covered by participants and arrangements made once in Calgary.
Fundraising: All participants are expected to create a fundraising page and fundraise online for the cause.
Express interest by filling out the following form. This is in no way a confirmation of participation. You will be contacted to complete the application process by April 1, 2018. At this time a small deposit will be required to confirm participation.
Deadline March 25, 2018