TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – There’s an event in the Oro and Marana Valley that will inspire people to get outdoors and build community. It’s called the MOVE Across 2 Ranges hiking challenge where hikers have to cover a maximum of 21 miles.
Around 6 a.m. on February 26, hikers will hike the Tortolita Mountain trails to the Catalina State Park trails. The hike will begin at the Wild Burro trailhead
in the Tortolita Mountains. Nick Scala, recreation facilities manager for the City of Oro Valley Parks and Recreation, said the idea was inspired by the Summit Challenge held annually in Phoenix.
“The idea was to showcase the beautiful trails we have in this area and partner with the town of Marana for a fun and active community event,” he said.
The hikes are grouped into sections: Powerful, Major, Mega and Massive hike. The Massive Hike is 21 miles while the Might Hike is 6 miles. While registrations to participate in the hikes are closed, the towns of the Oro Valley and Marana are still looking for as many volunteers as possible.
“If we could have volunteers every 50 feet that would be great,” he said. “But really, if we have 15 to 20 at Catalina State Park, then we would be ready.”
Scala said volunteers are key to supporting the trails and making sure hikers have everything they need.
“Trail support is really critical,” he said. “They are all around the trails, staffing the waterholes and encouraging hikers as well.”
Recess for Marana City Superintendent Bob Stinson said even before the hike, volunteers and hikers need to be prepared.
“You really want to make sure you’re prepared with hydration, snacks, sun protection,” he said.
After the hikes are complete, the group will celebrate at one of Catalina State Park’s ramadas with raffle prizes, food, drinks, and music. If you are looking to volunteer, you can register here.
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