Wildlife Hike-a-Thon

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Poway Lake 14644 Lake Poway Road PowayCA  92064
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Poway Lake 14644 Lake Poway Road PowayCA  92064

About This Activity

The very 1st annual Wildlife Hike-a-Thon takes place on a scenic, point-to-point course during the peak of autumn. Bring the whole family and take the leisurely hike to the half-way point where you can enjoy a refreshing drink before turning back to the finish line. If you are up for a more challenging hike, continue on for one major hill and a few switchbacks as the course follows the curves of Poway Lake and loops back to where you started.


Registration and packet pickup will be from 8:00 – 8:45 A.M. to ensure on time start.


Early registration fees up to Nov 12th are $45 for adults age 15+ (online via Active.com only), after Nov 13th, $50.  Children ages 6-14 can join the hike for $15.  Children 5 and under are free!  Team sign-ups are available too!!  A team of 10 is $400 in advance and teams of 5 are $200.  Fees include bottled water throughout the event and lunch at the end of the hike.


Order your special Wildlife Bandana to wear during the hike when you register today and save $2!.  Bandanas will be available for $7 on the day of the event but only cost $5 when you purchase them with your registration!


Keep your camera at hand to compete in the Eye-Spy contest, pick up your Spy List when you check-in and see how many items you can snap photographs of while you hike! The event also includes a pre-hike yoga warm-up, hiking safety workshop, hiking stick decorating contest, and post-hike festival complete with live acoustic music, vegan lunch, and an award ceremony.


Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraiser, Eye-Spy contest winner, hiking stick contest winner, and more!



Event details and schedule



8am- Registration Opens

8-9 - Pre-hike Activities

8:45 – Yoga Stretch

9:00 – HIKE! Expected times:

          Advanced hikers – 1 hour

          Intermediate hikers – 1.5 hours

          Novice hikers – 2 hours

10:30 – lunch, live music, chair massages

11:00 – All contest entries must be submitted

11:15 – Award Ceremony



Hiking course is a 3.2 miles (5K+) part trail/part cross country layout. You will hike by the lake, on paved roads, on dirt paths, up hills and down hills. The course is 1/3 shaded by tree cover.



The park will charge you $5 per car unless you are a Poway resident.  CAR POOL if you can!  We are hoping to arrange a near-by location where you can leave your car and either car pool from there or walk in to help with the parking fees.  When you arrive into the park, you will follow signs for Area 8 and park in designated areas. Please allow between 30-45 minutes to park, gather info and warmup prior to the event.



All participants MUST sign either the online waiver or in person when you check in for the event. All participants should bring state issued ID with them.



Hiking shoes, sunblock, and a digital camera/phone with camera so you can participate in the Eye Spy Game!!



Wear something comfortable for hiking.  The trails are wide and steady but there are critters such as rattlesnakes in the area, make sure you are dressed to protect your ankles!

We are expecting over 150 hikers so make sure you arrive early!  We will have pre-event activities for you to participate in.



As this is an outdoor event, we appreciate your understanding if we need to cancel some or all of the activities if the weather does not allow us to safely set-up or run the event.  We will email all pre-registered participants a Rainy-day Make-up Hiking Activity with a modified Eye-Spy Challenge, allowing you to complete the hike and enter for the prize on a better weather day.  If we do cancel the event due to weather, we will accept your registration fee as a donation to support the work of the Wildlife Center!

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