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November 14, 2016 10:00 ET

Skedaddle to Provide Free Transportation to State and National Parks from REI Stores in Boston, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. on Black Friday

Skedaddle partners with REI to #OptOutside and asks Americans, "Will You Go Out with Us?"

BOSTON, MA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 14, 2016) - Skedaddle is partnering with REI, national outdoor co-op, to transport hundreds of people from large urban areas to some of our country's most iconic national parks on Black Friday.

The company joins over 400 nonprofits, government agencies and companies dedicated to removing barriers to the outdoors. Skedaddle and REI will team up to provide free Skedaddle rides from REI locations in Boston, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. to parks outside those cities on Black Friday. Anyone interested can sign up via Skedaddle's website and app. Perfect for outdoors enthusiasts without cars, those seeking to reduce their carbon footprint or groups of friends looking to escape the city together, Skedaddle will conveniently pick up riders from REI stores and deliver them to parks like Olympic National Park in Washington state and Great Falls Overlook in Virginia. More information is available at bit.ly/SkedaddleREI.

"When we saw REI was again encouraging people to get outdoors on Black Friday, we knew we had to do something to improve access to the outdoors for those who would love to participate but might lack the resources to get outside their cities," said Adam Nestler, CEO and co-founder of Skedaddle. "With Skedaddle, anyone can reserve a seat on a ride to parks nationwide, making it easier than ever to connect people with nature. Whether traveling solo or riding with a group of hikers, Skedaddle empowers riders to reach amazing destinations anywhere in North America."

"Last year, more than 1 million people joined us to #OptOutside and choose trails over sales on Black Friday. This year, the momentum has been driven by over 400 great partners like Skedaddle who are helping outdoors lovers in major metropolitan cities access amazing outdoor experiences with their friends and family," said Alex Thompson, REI's vice president of Public A�airs.

The full list of destinations being serviced for free by Skedaddle on Black Friday includes the following:

  • Boston REI to Mt Monadnock State Park, NH
  • Denver REI to Golden Gate Canyon State Park, CO
  • San Francisco REI to Pierce Point Ranch & Tule Elk Preserve, CA
  • Seattle REI to Olympic National Park, WA
  • Washington, DC REI to Great Falls Overlook, VA

To learn more about the Skedaddle and REI #OptOutside routes available this Black Friday, visit bit.ly/SkedaddleREI. For more information on the REI's #OptOutside initiative, visit REI.com/Opt-Outside.

About Skedaddle
Skedaddle empowers people to ride to amazing destinations with inspiring people -- in a tap. A crowdsourced mass transit system, Skedaddle users can start or join rides on professionally driven vehicles to any destination through its website or app. From hiking trails to beaches, concerts to cities, Skedaddle brings people together to enjoy destinations like never before.

The Skedaddle app is available for download in the iOS and Android stores. Skedaddle is also available online at www.letskedaddle.com.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation's largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 149 stores in 36 states. If you can't visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI.com/ REI-Garage or the free REI shopping app. REI isn't just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom- designed itineraries on every continent. REI's Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to-and steward-the outdoor places that inspire us.

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