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Hike through the James River Park System to support Blue Sky Fund October 22nd

This year, the Church Hill based non-profit aims to raise over $80,000 at the event to fund their outdoor education programs that serve 2,300 Richmond Public School students each year.

Trevor Dickerson

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Blue Sky Fund will host hundreds of hikers on Sat., Oct. 22 for their annual fundraiser Hike For Kids. This year, the Church Hill based non-profit aims to raise over $80,000 at the event to fund their outdoor education programs that serve 2,300 Richmond Public School students each year.

The event will begin and end at the Virginia War Memorial and lead participants through the scenic James River Park System. Hikers can choose between three lengths: 3, 8, or 14-mile courses. Hiking will begin as early as 9 a.m. with staggered start times course-depending.

Participants can register for the event by visiting BlueSkyFund.org/HikeforKids. Registration is $40 for adults, $15 for hikers under 18, and free for those under 4. For those unable to attend in-person, participants can hike any trail of their choosing and join in on the fun remotely.

To celebrate the occasion, free games and live music from The Hot Seats will be hosted at the Virginia War Memorial. In addition, there will be food from Slideways Mobile Bistro and drinks from Väsen Brewing Company available for purchase. This year, Väsen will feature a limited-run Kölsch style beer, sales of which will benefit Blue Sky Fund. Registered hikers will receive a complementary food and beverage ticket, but all members of the public are welcome to join the post-hike activities at no additional cost to enter.

Hike For Kids is supported by the generous contributions of individual donors and community sponsors including the Department of Wildlife Resources, CoStar, TrueTimber, SageView, Riverside Outfitters, and Väsen Brewing Company.

“At Blue Sky Fund, we believe that all students in Richmond should have access to nature and know how to engage in outdoor activities,“ Amanda Payne, BSF Executive Director, “but we know not all kids have equitable access to the outdoors. Studies show that time spent in nature supports positive youth development as well as increases students’ motivation to learn and improves their mental health. By joining us on Saturday, October 22nd, at Hike for Kids, you’ll help raise awareness and resources to change this narrative while enjoying Richmond’s beautiful green spaces together! “

Founded in 2007, Blue Sky Fund has evolved to offer school-based, after-school, weekend, and summer outdoor programming that helps children from marginalized communities achieve academic success through active outdoor education and develop character and leadership through outdoor experiences to expand horizons, increase confidence, and build collaboration skills.

By joining Hike for Kids, each step on the trail will help Blue Sky Fund make the outdoors more accessible for youth in Richmond, VA. For more information, contact Diane Brown, Development & Communications Director, at [email protected] or 804-410-4265.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.