Since mid-May, area residents have been hiking trails and “searching for treasure” as part of the American Red Cross McKean-Potter Counties Chapter’s ‘Trekking the Tuna Trails’ hiking event. Now, as the event comes to a close, the organization is asking participants to turn in their log books to wrap up another successful year.
“It’s been another great run for the ‘Trekking the Tuna Trails’ event,” said Jason Bange, Executive Director of the local Red Cross. “We are excited to collect all the log books and to close out another fun and successful installment of the event.”
This year’s event, which kicked off on May 15, runs through tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 15. Participating community members were given a log book with trail options and maps, as well as a list of coordinates for nine temporary caches placed specifically for the event along various Tuna Valley Trail Association trails. Each cache contains a special Tuna Trekker stamp, identified with a unique number, which participants then use to mark off that particular geocache in their log books.
Participants also seek out and sign up sponsors to support their trail treks throughout the summer. Individuals who meet the goal to complete at least 30 miles of the designated trails, raise a minimum of $30’ and submit the log book earn the title of “Tuna Trekker.”
Additionally, various gifts from generous local business sponsors are presented to participants who otherwise distinguish themselves throughout the course of the event.
Trail logs and collected pledges should be either dropped off at the Red Cross or mailed to: American Red Cross, 302 Congress St., Bradford, PA 16701. All Trail Logs must be submitted to the Red Cross by Friday, Aug. 23.
All proceeds and donations to the ‘Trekking the Tuna Trails’ event benefit the disaster relief efforts and local services and programs of the American Red Cross in McKean and Potter counties.