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Hike-a-Thon 101: Hike More This August!

Posted by Allie Tripp at Jul 13, 2016 03:40 PM |
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Planning some exciting hikes for this summer? Turn those miles into dollars for your favorite trails with Hike-a-Thon!

Hike-a-Thon 101
Photo Credit Adam Raymaker

What is Hike-a-Thon?

If you're planning some exciting hikes for this summer, you can turn those miles into dollars for your favorite trails. Hike-a-Thon is WTA's annual fundraiser that gives hikers like you the chance to make your miles count. Whether you are a summer summit-bagger, a wildflower-seeking wanderer, or a new hiker exploring trails for the first time, signing up for Hike-a-Thon gives you the chance to win awesome prizes and connect with WTA's vibrant and collaborate community.

Funds raised by Hike-a-Thoners like you support all of WTA programs -- including the hiking guide and our volunteer trail maintenance teams!

Ready to make your miles count?

Now through July 31

1. Register for Hike-a-Thon The $20 registration fee includes:

  • The 2016 Hike-a-Thon t-shirt
  • Your own fundraising page to share with friends, family and fellow hikers
  • Weekly Hike-a-Thon newsletter that includes tips, tricks, and hikes throughout July and August
  • The chance to win a host of awesome prizes from our sponsors

2. Collect pledges and donations from your friends and family on your donations page! Want some tips?Scroll down to check out our advice from veteran Hike-a-Thoners.

3. Plan your hikes for August and save them in your WTA My Backpack account!

August 1-31

  1. Go hiking and log your miles!
  2. Keep collecting donations on your fundraising page.
  3. Join us on August 2 in Seattle for a Hike-a-Thon Kickoff Celebration with Trails and Ales!
  4. Support your fellow Hike-a-Thoners on the Hike-a-Thon Facebook page.
  5. File trip reports to for your hikes to help other hikers know what to expect out on trail.

September 17

Celebrate your Hike-a-Thon successes (and pick up your prizes in person!) at WTA@50: Celebrate and Recreate. Hike-a-Thoners will be treated to extra swag at our anniversary party in Snoqualmie.

Photo by Cheri Dahlke
Photo by Cheri Dahlke

Advice from Veteran Hike-a-Thoners

"You don't want to wait until August to get sponsors. Sign up at the beginning and start getting the word out. I pick a theme or goal for my Hike-a-Thon and plan my hikes around it. One year I wanted to hike my age in miles; the next year it was 100 miles; last year it was exploring new hikes." -Linda Roe

"Hike-a-Thon is a great excuse to get family and friends out on trail who may not come otherwise. you can get people exited about this goal you are trying to achieve, and if they can't donate, they can often support you by coming out on trail with you. My husband is still not a big hiker, but I got him to go out at least five times that first Hike-a-Thon!" - Laura Baron

"Always keep your pack ready to go. Reorganize immediately after a hike, and if you need to add last-minute stuff for the next trip, just put a sticky note in the top if your pack." -Liz Fallin

"My first few years of Hike-a-Thon, I just wanted to average one mile a day. And that is easy to do around Seattle in Carkeek Park, Discovery Park, Seward Park, etc. You shouldn't feel like you have to carve out a ton of time from your day to make a difference for Washington's trails." -Amanda Arkebauer

Ready to make your miles count? Learn more here and register today.