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#Sunday Funday: Hike ‘n Bike through the San Antonio Missions Historic Park.

The National Park Service celebrated 100 years of service on August 25th, 2016 and we were all invited to join in on the fun. In Texas a few friends and I attended a red carpet event at a local theater to watch a screening of the National Parks Adventure IMAX film. If you haven’t already seen it I would highly suggest it!

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I am honored to represent my community as the Ambassador for Latino Outdoors~Southwest. This platform allows me to creatively explore the outdoors and highlight the beauty of Texas parks. Lucky me!

I had an amazing opportunity to not just join a celebration but put one together. I had been in contact with Tiara the Outdoor leader in San Antonio for Outdoor Afro and we thought it would be a fantastic idea to join our groups for the Centennial. These two organizations are changing the faces of conservation. A diverse set of people exploring, sharing and showcasing their love for the outdoors.

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Tiara and I thought it would be a great idea to do a Hike ‘n Bike along the beautiful river connecting our Missions.

Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Francisco de la Espada are about a 3 mile round trip down the San Antonio River. Two groups, two parks and some cool peeps : ). The group was amazing and the weather was perfect!

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I am inspired and happiest the most outside exploring and it was even more special because we honored the Centennial. We hiked and biked to our destinations with smiles on our faces. A sweet thank you to San Antonio B-cycle who offered our group a 50% discount to rent the bikes located at the Missions. Find your park they said and together we did just that.

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Sunday Funday Hike n’ Bike

I wasn’t done yet! There was just one more event left for me and that was to run the NPS 100th Birthday Virtual 5k/10k/half. A virtual race is basically your pace, your race, your chosen destination. You register on line and a portion of the fee goes to the specified race and in my case, the National Park Foundation. When you complete your race you turn in your time and a couple of weeks later you receive a medal in the mail. The medal for this particular race was a Ranger Hat and you can see why this was a no brainer : ).

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I decided to run the 10k (6.2) miles over to the beautiful Mission Concepción. This stone church was dedicated in 1755, and appears very much as it did over two centuries ago. It stands proudly as the oldest unrestored stone church in America. In its heyday, colorful geometric designs covered its surface, but the patterns have long since faded or been worn away. A perfect place to reflect on what once was and what is now.

Just because the celebration has ended doesn’t mean the party is over! Head over to National Parks and be inspired to discover these amazing open spaces. Now go on and get lost, anywhere is a good place to start!

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08/24/16

#National Park Centennial: Happy 100th and Many More!

On August 25th 2016 the National Park Service will be celebrating 100 years of service. We are all invited to join in celebrations across the nation.

Happy Birthday National Park Service!

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Big Bend National Park, TX

We have the most amazing parks and to make it even more fun I have decided to run a 10k Virtual Race in honor of celebrating our beautiful open spaces.

A virtual race is like any traditional race without the hassle of location and crowds. It’s your race to run anywhere your heart desires. Your race, your pace, your chosen place! A full registration comes with a race shirt, printable bib, medal and the chance to win prizes. You turn in your results and your medal will be mailed to you.

The NPS 100th Virtual race has extended the race registration till August 28th, 2016. I just had to … the medal is a precious Ranger Hat! Do you still need another reason? A portion of each registration will be donated to the National Park Foundation : )!

The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all U.S. national parks, many American national monuments and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. The NPS is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment.

May you find yourself outdoors … running, cycling or just simply hiking! Let the wind play with your hair and may Nature nuture your soul.

FREE admission to all 412 national parks starting August 25th-28th, so plan a visit and Find your Park

Where will you find yourself : )?

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