FAQ’s – Epic Trail Challenge
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Epic Trail Challenge?
The Epic Trail Challenge is an in-person endurance hike taking place on Saturday, May 22, 2021 that raises funds to support Santa Rosa Community Health. The Challenge (and the training that leads up to it) takes place along our amazing Sonoma County trails.
Each Challenger has the opportunity to decide what’s Epic for them: an 11 or 20 mile route!
This one-day endurance hike will test Challengers physically, mentally, and emotionally while making a direct impact on the lives of our beloved low-income and Latina, Latino, and Latinx community members who are sick because of COVID.
The Epic Trail Challenge also provides COVID-safe, natural stress relief, breathtaking views from the trails of Sonoma County, and the confidence, motivation, camaraderie, and support needed for Challengers to step into their fullest, healthiest selves!
The Challenge will of course comply with all health orders to make this a safe and inspiring adventure – it is about health, after all!
This is a hike, not a race, and it caters to all skill levels from novices to advanced trail enthusiasts.
Take the opportunity to push your limits! Grab your friends, family, and co-workers and make a real difference.
What is the route for the Epic Trail Challenge?
We are still in the process of developing our epic route and are excited to share this information as soon as it’s finalized! Our spectacular 2020 route traversed Sonoma Valley through Jack London State Park and Sonoma Valley Regional Park.
Is there a fee to participate?
Each Challenger will be asked to raise a minimum amount of funds to help Santa Rosa Community Health continue its mission to provide excellent, culturally responsive primary care that is accessible to all people. A non-refundable $100 donation is required at the time of registration and will be credited toward your fundraising goal.
How will I reach my Hiking goal?
We support our Challengers each step of the way by providing:
- An extensive endurance hike training program, including 14 weekly COVID-safe training hikes, a workout calendar, and online training clinics with local experts.
- Training clinics and articles, covering topics like avoiding injury, motivation techniques, hiking footwear, basic trail essentials, hydration, and cross-training.
- A private Facebook group where Challengers make new connections, ask questions, share photos and trail recommendations, generate informal meet-ups, and claim bragging rights.
- Challenge Day trail support at multiple locations throughout the journey, including hydration, snacks, first aid, and encouragement!
How will I reach my fundraising goal?
Getting started is often the hardest part! We are with you every step of your fundraising journey as well, offering:
- Individual support and an epic toolkit to ease fundraising fears and keep the “fun” in fundraising!
- A personalized fundraising webpage, as well as sponsorship and fundraising materials, tips and advice.
- Expert fundraising assistance to develop and implement a personal fundraising plan that feels great for you.
What if I’m worried about the fundraising part?
We often say there are TWO parts of the Epic Trail Challenge: the hiking challenge and the fundraising challenge. Sharing your journey and asking people for their support is another way to build your strength. Don’t let this part of the Challenge stop you before you get started. We’re 100% confident you will be surprised by what you can achieve!
Who is Santa Rosa Community Health?
Santa Rosa Community Health serves our diverse community by providing primary medical, dental, and mental health care that’s not just good, but excellent. We strive every day to care for patients in a way that honors them and meets their health care needs. We welcome everyone with compassion and respect for their culture, language, identity, and values. We believe health care is a fundamental human right; none of us should receive anything less than the best care possible.
How will the Epic Trail Challenge Help?
This year, Santa Rosa Community Health will provide culturally responsive medical, dental, and mental health care for over 42,000 kids, adults, and elders – that’s 1 in 4 people in Santa Rosa who can’t afford or don’t have access to private health insurance!
Right now, the patients who need us the most are our Latina, Latino, and Latinx community members who have COVID, have been exposed to COVID, or are at risk of getting COVID.
Many of our Latina/o/x patients are at greater risk for getting COVID because of the vital work they are doing in and for our community. COVID-19 demands care that goes above and beyond the services we regularly provide that are billable or otherwise funded. Dollars raised through the Epic Trail Challenge make it possible for us to meet the full scope of needs for the people in our community who need it the most.
At Santa Rosa Community Health, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity for a full and healthy life. None of us should ever receive anything less than the best care possible. You can make a direct and immediate impact on our community’s recovery from COVID today!
What is the impact of community health?
- Over 42,500 people receive comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health care from SRCH every year! That’s 1 in 4 Santa Rosans!
- Over 10,000 children, adults, and elders keep their smiles healthy through over 26,000 dental visits.
- Over 4,500 people get support for handling life’s challenges in over 18,000 mental health visits.
- Eight campuses across Santa Rosa and nearly 500 team members make health care accessible when and where people need it.