Hiking was popular in Europe long before it caught on in America, which is why many paths are measured in kilometers instead of miles and why most of the Pilgrims were eaten by bears. Stride to the top of the food chain with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one registration for the Move to Stop Modern Day Slavery family-friendly two-mile walk, presented by California Against Slavery (up to a $40 value). The non-profit event takes place on Sunday, August 28 in San Leandro Marina Park. Check-in starts at 1 p.m.
Participants in the Move to Stop Modern Day Slavery walkathon stroll through a kid-friendly, two-mile course to raise funds for California Against Slavery’s fight to end human trafficking in the state. The fundraising ramble kicks off at 1 p.m., when walkers can register their lower backs with a number and don the included CAS T-shirt for easy identification by mobile high-five squads. At 2:15 p.m., walkers set off through scenic parkland around the small boat lagoon at a leisurely pace. At the end of the course, groups can recount tales of derring-do on the course before settling in to absorb speeches from CAS members and representatives from the nonprofit organizations MISSSEY and Courage to Be You. The walk will also present prizes to the top individual and team fundraisers.
California Against Slavery endeavors to enact strong state laws to increase the penalties of human trafficking, a crime currently exploiting more than 100,000 American minors. Its antitrafficking ballot initiative aims to lengthen prison sentences and boost fines for sex traffickers, as well as to confront recalcitrant state lawmakers with an army of angry ballot boxes.