Hike-a-Thon for Everyone!
The 14th Annual Hike-a-Thon is WTA's annual fundraiser that allows you to make your miles count for trails while you hike in the month of August.
Hike-a-Thon is no ordinary fundraising event. It offers hikers like you a unique opportunity to team up with friends and family, win amazing prizes and engage with a vibrant hiking community across Washington state. Hike-a-Thon is for every kind of hiker! Register today.
The goal setters
Last year, Jacob K, an 8-year-old Hike-a-Thoner, set the ambitious goal of hiking 100 miles during the summer. Hike-a-Thon helped him reach his goal, and his team, the Alpine Trekkers, logged an amazing 379.5 miels.
"We love hiking," says Jacob's mom, Kristina. It is one of the many ways for our family to get out there and explore the great outdoors. There are so many benefits to hiking: the experience, exercise, quality family time, bonding, playing, learning, setting goals and accomplishing them and being a team."
The Community Builders
"The trails physically connect our state, and the act of traveling along them for the cause of fundraising or simply the enjoyment of the outdoors connects us with each other," says Emily Shiels, a program support specialist at Access Living Bellingham. Emily coordinated 20 clients on Hike-a-Thon teams last summer.
"Community isn't just sharing an interest or having something in common with a group of people; it's a feeling of fellowship and a sense of purpose that can bring meaning to life and bring people closer together."
The Elevation Enthusiasts
We're bringing back the "Most Elevation Gained" category for the climbers and summit-seekers out there! You can also look for special age categories, so younger hikers can earn their own prizes. More categories means more chances to win great prizes and more support of any kind of hiking goal you want to set!
The hiking experts
Hike-a-Thon has been an annual event for more than a decade, and several participants have been around almost every year. We count on returning Hike-a-Thoners to provide an expert voice. The Hike-a-Thon Facebook group is an incredibly active community every summer. Hikers pass on tips bout motivating kids on hikes, share trip reports and encourage one another to meet goals. If Facebook isn't your thing, there are plenty of in-person Hike-a-Thon events and trail work parties for you to engage with this extraordinary group of hikers.
The Gear Enthusaists
With prizes from awesome sponsors like Sierra Trading Post, Green Trails Maps and Outdoor Research, you'll be motivated to fundraise more than ever before. Additional fundraising and raffle prizes from Altra, Arc'teryx, Black Diamond, Brooks Sports Inc., Clif Bar, Drawn to High Places, Feathered Friends, Gregory, HydroBlu, Mountain House, Mountaineers Books, MSR, Oboz, Sea to Summit, Trayvax, Vasque.