Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Lake George Land Conservancy’s Hike-A-Thon

3_2013HikeAThon_Cook MtThe early-bird registration period is now open for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) annual Hike-A-Thon, set for Saturday, July 5, 2014. The public is invited to register as participants of the Hike-A-Thon, free of charge. Early-bird registrations made until April 30 also come with free event t-shirts for each registered participant.

The Lake George Hike-A-Thon is a one-day event on July 5th, created to showcase LGLC’s parks and preserves around Lake George as free public resources, and to promote a healthy, active lifestyle and appreciation for the outdoors.

Hikes (or other designated group activities) take place simultaneously at nine locations, culminating with aerial photography of each group by helicopter. Photographs will once again be taken by renowned photographer Carl Heilman, II, from a helicopter piloted by Bruce Mowery of North Country Heliflite.

“We’re very excited to offer this unique event once again,” said LGLC Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Hoffman. “The inaugural Hike-A-Thon in 2013 was a great success with over 400 participants, many of whom expressed a real appreciation for the experience and said they looked forward to doing it again.  We hope to build on that energy and involve even more families for a  bigger and better event this summer.”

2_2013HikeAThon_ThomasMt_JFarbaniecEach site provides a unique experience and varies in difficulty, from very easy to challenging, to accommodate all levels of physical ability and skill. Descriptions of each site are provided on the Hike-A-Thon website.

New this year is the water-only site at the Last Great Shoreline and its associated Jumping Rock in Putnam. Instead of a hike, this site will be boat-only, preferably canoe or kayak, and participants will gather in front of Jumping Rock for the aerial photo.

Hike-A-Thon Registrations must be made online through the Hike-A-Thon website.

The Hike-A-Thon is also being added as a Mission in the Lake George Land Conservancy’s flagship program, the Round the Lake Challenge. Provided as a benefit of membership with LGLC, the Challenge encourages people to hike, see and learn from visiting destinations all around Lake George. Those who participate in the Hike-A-Thon can now count it towards their minimum of 20 Missions required to complete the Challenge.

The public is also invited to participate as Hike-A-Thon volunteers. A large crew of volunteers are needed to help lead hikes and keep things running smoothly on the ground. Further information is available at http://lakegeorgehikeathon.org/volunteer. A volunteer orientation, which will cover Hike-A-Thon needs as well as other LGLC volunteer opportunities such as trail stewardship, is set for 10 am on April 12 and is open to anyone wishing to learn more.

The Hike-A-Thon remains free for participants thanks to support from sponsoring businesses. For information on how to become a sponsor, and what benefits are provided, visit http://lakegeorgehikeathon.org/become-a-sponsor.

Donations from participants is also welcome and encouraged; funds raised will go towards stewardship and the enhancement of public trails. Those who donate at the membership level of $25 or more at the time of registration will be able to receive a limited edition 2014 Hike-A-Thon cap.

For more information about the Hike-A-Thon contact Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Hoffman at 518-644-9673, or email shoffman@lglc.org. You can also follow the Hike-A-Thon on Facebook.

Photos: Above, participants atop Cook Mountain (Sarah Hoffman photo); below, participants wave to the Hike-A-Thon helicopter from Thomas Mountain (courtesy Jeff Farbaniec).

 

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