Virtual race promotes tourism, scholarships –

The San Benito County Chamber Foundation and Pinnacles National Park are hosting the first-ever Pinnacles National Park Virtual Adventure Run.

The public is encouraged to hike, walk or run 5-10km year-round in an effort to encourage the community to get out and be active while driving traffic to Pinnacles National Park.

Hikers are also encouraged to shop and support local merchants after completing a hike at the Pinnacles.

The idea grew out of the SBC Chamber Foundation’s Tourism Committee, which is devising ways to leverage local and regional partners to promote San Benito County. This adventure run is organized via a national platform that all national parks use to promote and organize their adventure runs and marathons:

“The Pinnacles Adventure Run highlights the Pinnacles on a national level and showcases San Benito County as the gateway to this national park,” said Eduardo Navarro, executive director of the SBC Chamber Foundation. “As the SBC Chamber Foundation specializes in economic development and tourism, we strive to create innovative ways to market San Benito County not only locally, but regionally to our neighbors in Silicon Valley and the Peninsula. Monterey.”

The Pinnacles Adventure Run not only serves to promote local tourism and healthy wellness efforts, but also youth leadership development programs such as the foundation’s Pathways Empowerment program. Participants in the virtual race will support scholarships for high school seniors pursuing academic, technical or professional careers and community impact programs supporting small businesses, local tourism and youth leadership opportunities.

Registration for the Virtual Pinnacles National Park Adventure Run is open until December 31. As it is a virtual race, participants can run anywhere, at your own pace, outdoors or on a treadmill, alone or with a group of friends.

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