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Can you do them all? Boise Trail Challenge provides safe competition during COVID

More than one thousand people in Boise are competing in the Boise Trail Challenge which honors the life of Boise trails advocate, Jason Delgadillo.

From June 19th to July 19th, participants are being challenged to hike or bike as many trails as they can in one month.

Because COVID-19 caused many races to be cancelled this summer, this challenge allows for athletes to compete and stay safe.

“This type of virtual race gave us a challenge to focus on and explore trails we hadn’t ridden before.” said Boise trainer and athlete Kenny McDaniel.

How it works

The leaderboard is displayed on the Boise Trails Challenge website and updated twice a day. There are currently 1,175 people competing.

First, participants need to have Strava – an app that records activity and mark off trails as you complete them. The next step is to register on the Boise Trails Challenge website and pay the $45 registration fee. This year, entry is free for healthcare workers.

Although the month-long challenge has already started, you can still sign-up to complete as many trails possible between now and July 19th.

“I am loving seeing new places and finding routes that we hadn’t seen before,” said McDaniel. “I use the app on all rides and at the end of the day, get to see accomplished trails and plan next ride.”

The challenge is broken out by gender, adult/youth and category – bike or hike. The goal is pretty straight forward: be the first in your category to complete all the trails in the challenge within the month time frame.

Honoring Jason Delgadillo

This is a screenshot of the Jason Delgadillo Memorial GoFundMe page

The challenge is being help in honor and in memory of Jason Delgadillo – Boise father of five and founder of boisetrails.com

“Jason heard that some friends were trying to ride every trail on the Ridge to Rivers map in one month. Always up for a challenging adventure, Jason joined in on the fun,” the website notes.

“Then he realized it would be way cooler if we could hook in our GPS tracks automatically—no more spreadsheets to track our progress! He talked to some of his brilliant, tech-savvy friends, and the Boise Trails Challenge was born.”

According to the website, Jason passed away while mountain biking in May 2018 but the challenge will continue each summer in his honor.

Organizers are also asking for donations to help fund the production of a documentary commemorating Jason’s legacy and passion for Boise’s trails.

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Anna Daly is a reporter for BoiseDev. She's an Emmy-winning journalist, and a professor at the College of Western Idaho. Contact her at [email protected].

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