You know Friends of Chatham as a fun-loving, service-oriented organization devoted to assisting the National Park Service in maintaining Chatham Manor as the absolutely most beautiful tourist attraction in our region. As the new year begins, we are looking to expand our reach in the community and make a positive impact to the start of 2021.
What’s the ‘Chatham 250 Challenge?’ You may have heard about organizations holding virtual 5K Races this year, in light of the coronavirus. Well, as Chatham Manor is turning 250 in 2021, we decided to sponsor a 250-mile Challenge to start the New Year with a great motivation to promote healthy exercise. You’ll keep track of the miles you walk or jog, and, when you reach the 250-mile mark, you will have completed the challenge.
Reaching the challenge goal will be a great achievement and, just to be clear, can be achieved by walking just 3 miles per day for 83-1/3 days, meaning you can do it in 3 months or in whatever number of days you control. It’s all about you! Yay, you!
Why are we doing this? Because Friends of Chatham cares about our community, and just like you, we have had a challenging 2020 and have not been able to hold the events on the Chatham grounds and off-site that we typically do. And, we all need a little bit of community-building fun that also has the side benefits of healthy activity. You can walk anywhere you want — including on the Chatham grounds and then you could head over to Pratt Park, named after the last private owner of Chatham Manor and who also donated the park land to Stafford County at his passing. Enjoy the winter landscape at Chatham, enjoy the park, enjoy the Heritage Trail in the City of Fredericksburg and all of the wonderful trails that our community has to offer.
To officially sign up for the C250C and be eligible for a finisher medal upon completion, please send an email to [email protected] with your name and any family members who are also signing up. Finisher medals will be limited to the first 250 people to sign up for the event.
Exclusively for this event, we have created a custom-designed t-shirt (men’s/women’s/youth, short/long sleeve, performance wear/cotton available, at a cost to include tax and delivery of less than $25 per shirt).
If you have questions/concerns about your order, please contact Custom Ink at 540-779-7378. Their customer service is fantastic and they will help you to great satisfaction. All shirt orders need to be made by 31 December 2020, after which the shirts will be delivered directly to your home on or about 15 January 2021.
Thanks again for joining the challenge, and lastly, we would love to invite C250C participants to become members of the Friends of Chatham ($25 individual/$50 family), and join our group in fun events like this, while also laboring in love together to keep Chatham’s garden beautiful and historical structures preserved.
Note 1: Friends of Chatham does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
Note 2: Your participation in the C250C event is done by your own free will and at your own personal risk, without support or security measures from the Friends of Chatham.
Please do not participate in this event unless you are medically able and properly trained. Please abide by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for the prevention of the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and other communicable diseases. Please follow all pedestrian safety ordinances including walking/running on a sidewalk where available and not in the road, while following the rules of the road if no sidewalk or multi-use trail is available, and walk/run against oncoming traffic and not with traffic.
Participants assume all risks associated with walking/running as part of this virtual activity, including but not limited to: falls, contact with other pedestrians, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road or trail, all such risks being known or unknown and appreciated when out walking/running without any type of support from local officials or event organizers.
To wrap it up, let’s all have fun with this event! We look forward to seeing you on the grounds, in the park, on the trails!
Thank you all! Kevin Brown/Event Coordinator, and the Friends of Chatham Board of Directors
Q. Do I have to buy a t-shirt to participate? A. No, anyone can participate, but we ask that you send an initial email to [email protected] with your name (and any other people you are signing up) if you want us to have a finisher medal waiting for you upon completion.
Q. Can I order a t-shirt product not listed as an option? A. No, only the 6 product style shirts in blue are listed are available for this event to maintain shirt color consistency and keep the price under $25.
Q. Can I order a youth size t-shirt in the women’s style? A. No, the youth size is only available in the men’s product styles for this event. The women’s style unfortunately does not come with a youth size option.
Q. If I don’t sign up and order a shirt) before 31 Dec 20, can I still participate? A. Yes, you can sign up and participate anytime between now and 31 Dec 21, but we encourage everyone to sign up before the end of 2020. We will have a small number of extra shirts available for purchase after 1 Jan 21, but those will likely go quick, so if you want a shirt, we strongly encourage that you place your order during 2020.
Q. Do you have to join Friends of Chatham to participate? A. No, anyone can participate. We encourage participants to visit the friendsofchatham.org website and consider joining our amazing group but you don’t have to be a member to participate.
Q. Do you have to live in and complete your miles in the Fredericksburg area to participate? A. No, anyone can participate anywhere in the world.
Q. Will there be special prizes for certain categories of participants? A. Right now, we are planning a special prize for the first person, the oldest person, and the youngest person to complete the challenge.
Q. Can I participate if I am disabled and unable to walk? A. Yes, you can complete the challenge in a wheelchair or whatever method you have available. Prizes will only be given, however, in the category of walking/running.
Q. Can I bike the challenge? A. If you bike 2,500 miles that would be appropriate in lieu of the 250 mile walking/running challenge, but prizes will only be awarded in the walking/running category.
Q. How long does the challenge last? A. The challenge will take place between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2021.
Q. Can I sign up my whole family? A. Yes, one person can sign up a family or group, just please provide us with names of all participants.
Q. Will I be put on a mailing list and start receiving emails from Friends of Chatham if I sign up? A. You will only be put on our mailing list if you request it, not automatically.
Q. How would you recommend keeping track of my miles? A. Mark down your miles on a calendar, printed chart, spreadsheet or use an automated device. Keep in mind an average person walks 3,000-4,000 steps (1.5 to 2 miles) during routine daily activities, which means you would complete the challenge by mid-May. If you add a 3 mile walk/jog daily that gets you to 10,000 steps (5 miles), which if you do on average means you would complete the challenge by mid-March.