Monthlong Hike-a-Thon to launch at High Point Trailhead

July 28, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2011

Hikers plan to rise and shine not long after dawn Monday — and then hike all month long — to help the Washington Trails Association preserve and maintain trails across the Evergreen State.

The nonprofit organization’s annual Hike-a-Thon is scheduled to launch at 6 a.m. Monday at the High Point Trailhead near Issaquah. Hikers can register at the organization’s website or call 206-625-1367. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt.

“This 6 a.m. guided hike is our way of helping these awesome folks get their Hike-a-Thon campaigns started with a bang,” Lace Thornberg, hike leader and Washington Trails magazine editor, said in a news release. “Before 9 a.m., when they head off to work on Monday, these hikers will already have five miles under their boots for their Hike-a-Thon campaigns. That’s pretty cool.”

For Hike-a-Thon, hikers collect sponsors and pledges from family and friends, then spend August trekking across mountains, coasts and other scenic destinations. So far, almost 90 hikers have signed up for the monthlong fundraising drive.

“Hike-a-Thon connects hikers with the well-being of the trails under their boots,” Kara Chin, Hike-a-Thon coordinator at the Washington Trails Association, said in a news release. “It’s a tangible, fun and healthy way to give back to those trails and public lands. Anyone can participate, whether you hike a little or a lot, up mountains or down valleys. It’s for anyone who likes to hike.”

Hike-a-Thon participants can earn prizes, in addition to the blisters.

The hiker logging the most hikes on river trails receives a Fikkes fly rod-hiking pole. The first and second-place hikers raising the most money win a Hilleberg tent. Other prizes include camping and hiking gear.

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