Benefiting Make-A-Wish® San Diego
Postponement Update: The health and safety of our hikers, supporters, staff, and wish families remain a top priority for our chapter which is why we’ve made the difficult decision to push our TBCSD event to the spring of 2021. The final decision was made following recommendations from leadership and board members in the medical field. While we’re disappointed to share the news, we’re confident that this is the most responsible way to move forward. Please visit our Postponement Update page for more information.
How Do I Get Started?
Next year is our 5th Anniversary of the TBCSD and we can’t wait to celebrate with old and new friends. While we can’t predict what our world will look like next year, we are excited to expand the Trailblaze community. Info sessions and registration will begin in January so stay tuned. If you would like to be on our "First to Know" list for 2021, please select "Request Info" at the top of this page.
The Trailblaze Challenge is more than a hike. It is more than a fundraiser. The Trailblaze Challenge is a life-changing endurance experience that challenges participants physically and emotionally, and ultimately helps Make-A-Wish San Diego grant wishes to the 300 children with critical illnesses in our region.
THE CHALLENGE – 28 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in one day - This scenic trek provides participants an opportunity for adventure, fun and fitness while making a direct impact on the lives of children in our community battling critical illnesses. This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all fitness levels, from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts.
THE PROGRAM - For 14 weeks, you will train with and work alongside Make-A-Wish staff and experienced hike leaders to prepare you for your journey in both training and fundraising. You'll receive a personal training schedule, have the opportunity to participate in weekly training hikes and receive instruction on footwear and hiking gear from seasoned professionals. Make-A-Wish will make sure that you have every tool available to make you successful on and off the trail!
THE MANTRA - "It's not a race. It's a journey." In this program, there are no winners or losers. Our goal is to bring people together to build community around families who are faced with the harsh realities of critical illnesses. When you take your first step on your journey as a Trailblazer, you are paving the way for a brighter tomorrow for children right here in your community.
By supporting the Trailblaze Challenge, you will help Make-A-Wish San Diego grant even more wishes this year.
15-year-old Brandon didn’t let his cystic fibrosis keep him from completing the obstacle course during his wish to be a Navy SEAL.
13-year-old Emmalee wished to take her family to a tropical resort.