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Join us for Traverse Tompkins September 23rd & 24th

Tue, August 29, 2023 7:32 PM | Anonymous

We're already 1/2 of the way to our fundraising goal! Keep spreading the word! Support Ben's ride on 9/23 or do your own!

You can start your own ride or support Ben and our other walkers, runners, and riders at our event manager below:

The basic premise is simple - get outside and explore local history through a theme! Whether you're walking 1 mile to a local bridge, or competing in a 24 hour marathon, you can support The History Center by exploring local history.  Join us for a kick-off breakfast on Saturday, September 23rd, and then set off and explore the many different bridges across our community. Compete against other travelers for the most miles traveled - or simply explore at your pace and style! Find out more on our campaign site:

Here's How It Works!

There are two ways to participate and join the effort to keep our history alive.

Option 1: Sign up for free and commit to asking your community for pledges to support your travels. Fueled by your obvious love for history and Tompkins County, reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues to pledge their support for your challenge. Their pledge - of any amount - gets calculated after you complete your mileage.

Option 2: Buy an entry ticket! Asking for pledges isn't for everyone, but Traverse Tompkins should be. Your ticket price goes directly towards supporting The History Center's mission, and you still get to explore the bridges of Tompkins County!

Discover more at:

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110 North Tioga Street

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