FLEMINGTON, NJ - The nonprofit Hunterdon Land Trust is inviting residents to participate in its first-ever Treasure Hunterdon Virtual Move-a-thon, from Aug. 15 to Sept. 25.

The event is looking to raise funds to benefit the work protecting and caring for local forests, fields, farms and waterways.

"Our virtual Move-a-thon encourages everyone to help in a way in which they won't have to do anything different from what they're already doing thanks to the quarantine," Hunterdon Land Trust Executive Director Patricia Ruby said in a release. "We've all been taking this time to walk, bike and jog with our families. Why not use that time for a good cause?"

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According to the release, participants can choose whether to walk, run, bike, hike or ride a horse. They are encouraged to explore a preserve or other favorite trail, walk the dog around the neighborhood or hop on a treadmill.

In addition, the Hunterdon Land Trust is encouraging participants to reach out to family, friends, colleagues and others to sponsor their efforts.

Registration opened Aug. 1 at charity.gofundme.com/hltmoveathon2020, and participants can join solo or create a virtual team.

Prizes will be awarded to the individual and team that raises the most money as of noon Sept. 21, and winners will be announced on Sept. 24 at a closing ceremony.

Because of the pandemic, Hunterdon Land Trust has sought a unique way to celebrate the beauty of Hunterdon County while supporting the mission to preserve the integrity of the rural landscapes in the region by protecting and enhancing natural resources.

"Though we wish we could do something together to protect the places we love in the Hunterdon County area, the current pandemic prevents us from doing so," Ruby said in the release. "While these circumstances have changed our day-to-day lives, they haven't altered the challenges we face to preserve our farms, woodlands and fields, and protect our fresh air and clean drinking water. In these difficult times, the respite our outdoor spaces provide is more important than ever. This virtual walk is a great way to support HLT while getting out and connecting with family and friends safely."