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Councilmembers Join Call For Bridge Over San Diego River to Honor Runner, 21, Who Drowned

by admin • May 21, 2021

Max LeNail was on a run in Mission Trails, which encompasses 8,000 acres and more than 60 miles of trails, when he went missing in January. City Councilmember Raul Campillo, chair of the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, said Wednesday he supports constructing a pedestrian and bicycle bridge at the San Diego River Crossing […]


Councilman Campillo Backs Mission Trails Bridge Honoring Memory of Max Lenail

by admin • May 21, 2021

Councilman Raul Campillo, chair of the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, Wednesday expressed support for constructing a pedestrian and bicycle bridge at the San Diego River Crossing in Mission Trails Regional Park to honor the memory of a 21-year-old student who drowned at the crossing in January. “I will vote to advance this proposal […]


San Diego councilmember pledges support for ‘Bridge for Max’ at Mission Trails

by admin • May 20, 2021

San Diego Councilmember Raul Campillo announced his support Wednesday for a bridge in Mission Trails Regional Park to honor a 21-year-old who drowned at a trail crossing this year. Campillo, who is chair of the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, held a press conference to announce his support and call for the construction of […]


Councilmember Raul Campillo to Host Press Conference to Formally Announce his Support for a “Bridge for Max.”

by admin • May 19, 2021

San Diego City Councilmember Raul Campillo, District 7, will host a press conference on Wednesday May 19th, 2021 to announce support for a pedestrian and bicycle crossing bridge at the San Diego River Crossing in Mission Trails Regional Park. See the press release from Councilmember Raul Campillo. The event will be held at the  Mission […]


A Bridge for Max Receives Unanimous Recommendation by Mission Trail Regional Park Citizens’ Advisory Committee

by admin • May 6, 2021

Citizens’ Advisory Committee recommendation to initiate creation of a pedestrian bridge will move on the Task Force Meeting on May 20th SAN DIEGO – May 6, 2021 – The Bridge For Max campaign, an effort to fundraise and advocate for the creation of a pedestrian bridge at the San Diego River Crossing Trail at Mission […]


My Friend Max Died Trying to Cross a River. Now, His Parents Want to Build a Bridge.

by admin • May 4, 2021

A footbridge on this San Diego Trail would prevent more hikers from befalling a similar fate, and honor their son. by Zoe Gates [Read more from Zoe Gates writing for Backpacker]


Channeling grief into positive change

by admin • April 15, 2021

Whether hiking, climbing or running, Max LeNail loved nature and being in the mountains. A serious athlete, the 21-year-old set out for a run at Mission Trails on January 29 to train for an upcoming ultra-marathon. Later that evening, he planned to leave for a climbing trip to Joshua Tree with friends. [Read more at […]


Parents of hiker pushing for Mission Trails bridge

by admin • April 2, 2021

The parents of Max Lenail are continuing their push to build a bridge at a treacherous stretch of Mission Trails.. [View more at San Diego KGTV]


Max Lenail Memorial bridge fund kicks off March 26th

by admin • April 1, 2021

Ben and Laurie Lenail joined Morning Extra on what would have been Max’s 22nd birthday to talk about the fund that will raise money for a memorial bridge [View more at CBS San Diego]


Their son drowned while jogging in a California park. Now they are trying to build a bridge.

by admin • March 25, 2021

On the last day of his life, Max Lenail jogged towards the San Diego River in Mission Trails Regional Park. The Jan. 29 run was part of the 21-year-old’s training for an ultra-marathon with his brother, according to family members, and he had plans with friends to leave for a climbing trip in Joshua Tree […]