Welcome to The Crossing Trek 2020!
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In 2018, three members of a female-founded clean technology company trekked for 20 hours non-stop in the dead of winter to explore the impacts of rapid development on the urban and natural environments of Waterloo Region. The intent was to raise awareness of the risks of exposure for homeless citizens, while raising funds for The Working Centre. We logistically coordinated the event, assembled a documentary crew, completed the trek, and raised over $5000.
In 2019, the event was scaled to 100 participants. We completed the journey as a group in 19.5 hours of non-stop trekking and we collectively fundraised over $45,000. Every dollar went to The Working Centre, and is being used to build a first-of-its-kind transitional housing and medical facility to serve the most vulnerable members of the community.
This year, we're inviting 300 trekkers to join us on our journey from Cambridge to West Montrose. 65 kms of non-stop trekking during the most unforgiving of seasons, to explore the impacts of rapid development on our community and on each other.
We have THREE distance options, and you are welcome to complete whichever distance best suits your endurance level.
The Pioneer (10 kms) - This distance takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete, from Riverbluffs Park in Cambridge to The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.
The Optimist (28kms) - This distance takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete, from Riverbluffs Park in Cambridge to The Stanley Park Optimist Natural Area in Kitchener.
The Full Trek (65kms) - This distance takes approximately 20-24 hours to complete, from Riverbluffs Park in Cambridge to The West Montrose Kissing Bridge.
Trek Route: The trek route has changed slightly for 2020. We live in a changing urban area, and this year we are modifying the route slightly to ensure the safest journey for our participants. The Crossing Trek covers a range of terrain. You'll mostly walk on trails, with occasional sections on sidewalks in residential areas, commercial areas, and recreational areas. Trek maps with full course instructions will be sent to participants with The Crossing Trek Newsletters.
Fundraising: As a Crossing Trekker, it is your responsibility to fundraise a minimum of $100. Every fundraising dollar goes directly to support the amazing programs at The Working Centre. You'll find your personal fundraising page as you complete your registration. Share it with your family, friends, and colleagues! There are prizes for the top fundraisers. Last year, one hundred of us raised just over $45,000. Imagine the positive community impact we can have as a group of 300.
Forms: All trek details, including waivers, medical disclosure, and other documents will be sent to event participants with The Crossing Trek Newsletters.
Mandatory Gear: The Mandatory Gear List can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c0OiIx2CJLSgi_Q4ukPMzCZ36_tvNBDs/view
Please note that there are different gear requirements for each trek distance, and all of the mandatory gear items are required to ensure a safe trek experience regardless of weather conditions. If you have any questions about specific items on the gear list or where to source gear (we have some suggestions for where to source discounted or more affordable gear, for example), please email email@example.com.
Social Media: Follow @WRCrossingTrek on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on the trek, and feel free to add yourself to the Waterloo Region Crossing Trekkers Facebook group for updates on trek training opportunities, to get to know other trekkers, and to immerse yourself in our wonderful trek community. Join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/345237152705801/
Correspondence: As part of The Crossing Trek you will receive Trekker Updates and the Waterloo Region Crossing newsletters with important event-specific information just for participants. By registering for the trek, you are consenting to receiving trek-related email updates.
On Friday February 7, there is a MANDATORY gear check, registration, and submission of forms at Trek HQ in Waterloo (location TBD). The registration and gear check process takes about 15 minutes (you will be provided with an opportunity to sign up for a registration time slot closer to trek day). At 7pm, there is an all-trekker's meeting to discuss logistics, safety, and the trek route. Trekkers must be present at this meeting.
This trek distance traverses along the Grand River, crossing through our region following wooded trail systems, residential sidewalks, commercial areas, recreational lands, historic sites, and villages. The trek route goes from Riverbluffs Park in Cambridge to the historic covered bridge in West Montrose. Trekkers aged 17-19 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
CA$150.00Registrants 1 – 10
CA$170.00Registrants 11 – 20
CA$190.0021 – Sell out
This trek distance traverses alongside rare Charitable Research Reserve, explores the shorelines of The Grand River, crosses architectural footbridges, through snowy forest and meadows from Riverbluffs Park in Cambridge to Stanley Park Optimist Area. Trekkers aged 15-19 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
CA$105.00Registrants 1 – 10
CA$125.00Registrants 11 – 20
CA$145.0021 – Sell out
This trek distance traverses alongside the Grand River, through rare Charitable Research Reserve, crosses architectural footbridges, through snowy forests and meadows from Riverbluffs Park in Cambridge to The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum. Trekkers under the aged 13-19 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
CA$75.001 – 30
CA$95.00Registrants 31 – 60
CA$115.00Registrants 61 – Sell out
Registration for Trek Crew volunteers.
This Optimist trek is an accommodated format by special request only. The first 10kms will be completed by one trekker, and the next 18kms will be completed by their trekking partner, in relay form.