FAQ

What is the Trailblaze Challenge?
The Trailblaze Challenge is a 28 mile hike and a training program that takes place from January through June, to help prepare participants to tackle 28 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in one amazing day! 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 and support 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.

The program is open to participants of all levels, from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts. All hikers must be 16 years of age or older. Hikers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/registered TBCSD participant at all times.

The Trailblaze Challenge San Diego will offer 3 hike weekends in 2022: Big Bear (May 20-22 and June 3-5) and a third local San Diego option in early May 2022.

What's included in my hike experience?

• Specialized training program includes multiple virtual and in-person group training
opportunities per week
• Training Clinics - topics include hiking boots, socks and other trail essentials, hydration,
nutrition, and cross training
• Support and coaching from experienced Hike Leaders and Make-A-Wish staff
• Hotel Accommodations on hike weekend in Big Bear, CA
• Trailblaze Challenge t-shirt for hike weekend
• Transportation to and from the trail on Hike Day
• Trail support at multiple locations throughout your journey, including hydration, snacks,
first aid, and encouragement!
• Friday evening safety dinner
• Saturday evening post-hike celebration to share trail stories
• Sunday post-hike recognition breakfast before heading home

Is there a fee to participate?
Each trailblazer will be asked to raise a minimum amount of funds to cover their expenses and to help Make-A-Wish continue its mission to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. A non-refundable $100 personal donation is requested at the time of registration and will be credited toward your overall fundraising goal.

Are pets allowed?
At this time, pets are not allowed on training hikes or on the trail at hike weekends.

Can I bring friends and/or family?
Friends and children are not permitted on training hikes. Hike leaders are there to support registered participants only. During hike weekend, friends and family are permitted (and encouraged) to cheer you on at the aid stations, halfway point and the finish line. However, unregistered visitors cannot join you on the trail.

How will I reach my goals?
Make-A-Wish will support hike participants each step of the way by providing each participant with a personalized fundraising webpage, as well as sponsorship and fundraising materials, tips and advice. Each Trailblazer will be provided with a specialized training program, that includes a resource library of trail maps and notes, weekly Trail Talk emails (topics range from gear recommendations to safety, navigation, preparedness and more), educational clinics, community support, informal meet-ups and more! 

Is my information secure?
Yes. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. There is an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored.

How is credit card information handled?
Credit card information is not stored in our database. During the donation process, we send donor credit card information to an online processing terminal using a secure connection. The information passed back is an approval or denial of the credit card donation.

I forgot my Username and Password. How can I find out what they are?
Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive separate emails with your username and password.

How can I see who has donated to me?
Go to the Login section on the site. Enter the Username and Password that you used when you registered for the event. In your Participant Center, click on "View Progress". You will see Donor Name and dollar amounts in the Donation History section.

How can I view my team's activity?
Log in to the site using your username and password, and then click on the ‘My Team’ tab. This will allow you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member.

What do I do with check or cash donations that I receive?
Turn your check or cash donations in to the Make-A-Wish San Diego team at our local chapter office. We will add it into the system and count it towards your fundraising goal. Make sure to print out the Mail In donation form and include it with your cash or check donations. Double check that your donation is mailed to the San Diego office and not Make-A-Wish America in Arizona.

All of my donors are not showing up on the scroll mechanism. Why?
As your supporters donate to you or your team, they have the option to make their name visible or anonymous in the scroll. Please contact Grace Johnson at gjohnson@sandiego.wish.org with questions.

How does utilize the contributions?
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