Hike it Baby 30 During COVID-19
We just wrapped up another Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the first one of 2020! Hike it Baby hosts the HiB30 Challenge twice every year. Families from all over the globe come together to challenge themselves and encourage each other to get outside more, forming a supportive and inspiring community.
But, this was an unordinary Challenge in a very unusual time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of the Challenge quickly shifted to a goal of simply getting into the outdoors more. With the country shutting down, kids home from school, social distancing, and other safety measures in effect, the Challenge could simply not go on as normal. Counting miles and minutes seemed like too much to ask of anyone. The Challenge was also open to anyone, anywhere, including non-Hike it Baby members. Our goal was for the Challenge to be a motivator for people to get the benefits of going outside in any way possible. We hope that just a few minutes on a balcony or in the back yard helped with the stress, anxiety and extra pressures during the pandemic.
Thank You to Our Challenge Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our Partners and Sponsors for the great prizes they provided for April’s Hike it Baby 30 (HiB30) Challenge. With their help we gave away 35 prizes! The winning participants were entered into the prize drawings by registering to participate in the Challenge with their families.
Thank you to these sponsors for helping motivate families to get outside!
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The April 2020 Prize Winners Share Their Favorite Moments
We asked our prize winners to share some of their favorite memories from April’s Hike it Baby 30 Challenge. Here is what they said made this challenge special.
Shelly Sineath: My favorite memory so far is seeing my son finally hiking on his own two feet! He is also putting in some serious miles on our hikes. He is up to 4 miles on his own. I look back at him hiking, and think, Man, I would have never done anything like this when I was his age. I am so thankful I found hiking, live in a beautiful area of western North Carolina where beautiful nature is all around us and have a son who loves it too.
Laura Jones: When my son did his first 2 mile hike all on his own 2 feet.
Colette Clarke: It’s different without friends. We miss them immensely. However, I am grateful we can still get out to hike. Our mileage and outdoor time is on track to be our highest month yet. What else do we have to do, right? My favorite memory so far was a family hike at Kelly’s Run here in PA. We always love when Dad (hubs) joins us!!
Stephanie Norby: My favorite memory from this HiB30 challenge was my first live virtual hike! I was hosting a simple bubble themed event, but it happened to coincide with HiB Brockeville Ontario’s “kids dress parents” event. I participated in both, and it was really fun! We love the Hike it Baby community, and it has been a huge help for our emotional well being at this trying time to have the community continue to run virtually! We know that we are all in this together, and it really helps us to carry on and want to be that support for others as well!
Katie Lloyd: Talking to neighbors on their porches as we walk by. We’ve never seen so many people out before.
Morgan Pfaelzer: Due to COVID19, we’ve been sticking to neighborhood walks. Our favorite is to walk down to Otis Park, which has a grass field and a track going around. Dad can walk the track while carrying a napping baby, and mom can play with toddler in the field. One day we saw robins, crows, flickers, honeybees, a bumble bee, AND ladybugs — very exciting!
Adrienne Howe: April was challenging working from home full-time and keeping our son entertained, but the challenge gave us an excuse everyday to take a break, get outside, and spend time together as a family.
Jamie Rose Kuhar: This is my first time participating with my 3 month old and the best day so far was getting out to the local park and hiking a route we had never done before. He made it all 4.5 miles peacefully and I got some new views. The HiB30 community has been great motivation, especially seeing people getting out in April snow!
Jen Lane: The support of the FB group was motivating to keep getting out there despite having to be socially distant.
Julie Sidharta: Camping out on our rooftop in Tokyo.
The Hike it Baby 30 Challenge
Hike it Baby 30 is Hike it Baby’s biannual fundraiser and membership-based virtual challenge to encourage families across the globe to get their babies and children outside more for 30 days – 30 miles or 30 minutes 3 times a week. You don’t need to live in a Hike it Baby city to participate! The biannual Hike it Baby 30 challenge is how we raise funds to improve tools, raise money for the scholarship fund to get more families out on the trail, and spread the reach of our growing non-profit. Contributions are tax-deductible. Every donation makes a difference and allows us to support more families.
Thank you to all who joined us for the HiB30 Challenge this April! Registration for the September 2020 Hike it Baby 30 Challenge will open in August of 2020. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the loop on upcoming challenges or consider making a donation to Hike it Baby today and help us with our mission to get more families outside.
About Hike it Baby
Hike it Baby is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to getting families outdoors and on trails across the U.S. and internationally, supporting, educating and inspiring families through their more than 300 communities across North America. Since its grassroots inception in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, Hike it Baby is now a growing community of 270,000 families and 500 volunteer branch ambassadors hosting more than 1,600 hikes per month. More information, as well as daily hike schedules, can be found at HikeitBaby.com, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. Join our online Hike it Baby Community.
Photos courtesy of Laura Castro, Jessica Human, and Joovy.