Colorado becomes the next state to join the 14 in ’14 program, thanks to 2013 Appalachian Trail thru hiker and volunteer hike organizer Casey Owen.
Along with Dixie Snyder from IREM’s Young Professionals Group, he is organizing a loop hike at Red Rock Canyon near Colorado Springs on September 20.
They selected the loops at Red Rock because of the stunning scenery and the rich history of the area.
Casey, who made HIKE for Mental Health a part of his 2013 Appalachian Trail thru hike, describes his motivation this way:
I understand the significance of mental illness as it is well-known in my own family. I see it as our responsibility to help support an organization that is aiding in this battle by raising awareness and financial aid which supports research. When you have an illness that affects 1 in 4 families, I believe it to be of paramount importance to provide assistance in any form when we are able.
Thank you, Aquaman!
Read on for more details about this amazing hike.
Red Rock Canyon Hike
September 20, 2014 • Red Rock Canyon Open Space • Colorado Springs, CO
Enjoy the historic and breathe-taking beauty of Red Rock Canyon…
Wind along canyons and ridges of red rock to great views of Garden of the Gods…
Choose between a 3.6 mile loop or a longer 5 mile loop…
Red Rock Canyon Open Space includes land that has been in use since 7,000 B.C.
Because of its proximity to Fountain Creek, early American settlers made their homes there and later quarried building materials.
Our hike will begin at the S 31st Street entrance. Check-in starts at 7 AM. Opening ceremonies for the hike begin at 7:30 AM sharp.
One group will follow an outer 5 mile loop on the Hogback Valley Trail, while another group will take a shorter inner loop using Lion Trail. Both groups end at the entrance near Highway 24. The trails are easy to moderate and suitable for beginners and families.
This hike is a great way to meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty minutes from everywhere in Colorado Springs.
This hike is co-sponsored by IREM Young Professionals Group. IREM YP is dedicated to promoting professional and personal growth for Young Professionals in the Asset and Property Management fields, partnering industries and current IREM® members by providing education and social networking opportunities.
Registration Is Free
There is no fee to register for this fundraising hike.
When you register, you will personalize a sponsorship page and share it with your friends and potential supporters through email, Facebook, etc.
Our website makes it quick and easy to get sponsors for your hike.
For a Good Cause
HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer organization.
100% of the net proceeds from this hike support our mission causes.
Fifty percent will support the work of the local National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter in Colorado Springs.
Forty percent will fund scientific research into causes, treatments and cures for major mental illness such as PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, and depression through the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
The remaining ten percent helps maintain the wilderness trails by supporting non-profits trail maintenace groups.
Come out and join us, Colorado, on September 20 – we will have a great time for a great cause.
Details about parking and start times will be provided to registered hikers.