Local businessmen expand their philanthropic venture into Yorkshire

 A brand-new sporting event is set to open in Leeds in June. The Leeds Eco Trail Trekker will be the first UK fitness event and Expo, which encourages participants to walk, jog or run a 10k or 30k course, together as a team of four.

Hosted at the iconic Leeds Armouries and using the trails along the Canal towards East Leeds the event is set to encourage people to Visit Leeds and give big cash boosts to charities and will be the launch pad for a new global charitable endeavor.

Eco Trail Trekker is the brainchild of white rose entrepreneurs Robert Kirby and Paul Collins and their first event aims to showcase the greener side of Leeds, promoting environmental awareness, leadership and teamwork with health and wellness being at the core.

Leisure guru Paul and leadership expert and author Robert met nearly 30 years ago and have been collaborating together ever since. Paul was born and bred in Leeds, now spending half his time in Florida and half in Leeds. Robert was responsible for the launch of Leeds Crowne Plaza hotel in 1990 and now lives in Penang, Malaysia.

Their business model is based on the highly successful Macau event, Eco TrailHiker. Since its launch in Macau in 2010, the fitness festival has raised over £2 million for local charities with over 2,000 people taking part.

Paul explains: “The Leeds event is the first of three events taking place in the North of England this year. The Deep in Hull is the Host venue for an event in July and in September Media City (UK) will host the Greater Manchester event We recognise that many more companies are aware of their responsibilities towards helping the communities within their locality and it is wonderful to get them to commit to enter TEAMS and raise much needed fund for charities and good causes. The whole community can get involved either by participating as a family or visiting the Sports, Health and Wellness Expo which takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of the event weekend.

‘We’re committed to donating a minimum of 50% of competitor’s entry fees to designated charities. Charities benefitting from the Leeds event are The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The Lord Mayor`s chosen Charity Candlelighters, ABF The Soldiers Charity and the Canal and River Trust. Along with the individual donations competitors raise themselves, the events will raise much needed funds for deserving charities and good causes”.

The Leeds Eco Trail Trekker and the Expo takes place 16th and 17th June at the Leeds Armouries where Team Active will be on hand to organise fun and activities for all attendees!

Teams of four must cross all check points and the finish line together, working as a unit is one of the core aims of the event. Each member of the team will be given a goody bag containing team shirt and other items, as well as receiving a finishers medal, lunch box and drink on completion of the course. They will also get free entry to the Expo and an additional two free tickets for their guests.

Team entry is now open at:  https://www.ecotrailtrekker.com/leeds-entry-form/

For businesses interested in exhibiting at the Expo you can book space at:  https://www.ecotrailtrekker.com/booking-sports-health-wellness-expo/

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