This April and May, Downtown Tempe Authority (DTA) is launching a new way to stay active with the brand new, A Mountain Challenge Presented by Zebra E-Bikes.

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April 1st through May 31st, this two month challenge invites valley residents to test their limits by climbing A Mountain (also known as Hayden Butte) as often as they can.   In the process, participants earn exciting rewards and are encouraged to support downtown merchants.  Those who complete the hike at least 40 times – roughly the same elevation of hiking Mt. Everest – will be entered to win the grand prize, a downtown Tempe staycation package and a new Zebra Z1 e-bike. The bikes, which travel with a maximum speed of 20 mph, offer a convenient and environmentally friendly way to travel with minimal fuel expense. They are classified as a class 2 electric bicycle, meaning they can be used on bicycle and multi-use paths and parked in areas where bicycles are allowed, which makes it easier than ever to visit favorite Tempe downtown destinations.

After registering online and paying a $20 entry fee, participants will receive a Challenge t-shirt and access to the online portal where they will record their hikes. The more a participant climbs A Mountain, the more prizes they will earn from downtown Tempe businesses. Registration will be open until May 15, but the deadline to complete the Challenge is May 31.

April 21st marks 40 days until the end of the A Mountain Challenge, still allowing plenty of time for new registrants to hike to the top of A Mountain once a day by May 31st. The challenge allows participants to enjoy the beautiful weather, convenient hiking destination, and hiking on their own schedule. The sooner you register, the more time you have to complete the Challenge.

“After a year of COVID-related cancellations and restrictions, there’s loads of energy and excitement waiting to be rediscovered in Tempe,” said Kate Borders, Executive Director with Downtown Tempe Authority. “The ‘A Mountain’ Challenge gives people a great reason to take advantage of some of Arizona’s best outdoor amenities during patio season and support our downtown merchants on their path to recovery.”

A Mountain Challenge participants will complete the climbs at their own pace and their own time. Downtown Tempe continues to encourage social distancing and wearing a mask when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

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