Sunday, June 16, 2019

Challenge Lets Hikers Step Up for Addiction Medicine

the first Above and Beyond Challenge hikers of the summer on Pinnacle MountainRegistration is open for the Above & Beyond Challenge, which kicks off this month for the second year. Hikers will help raise awareness and generate funds to support the increasing needs of Saratoga Community Health Center’s Addiction Medicine Program. The physician-led program launched in March 2017 and is integrated into the Center’s primary care and behavioral health services.

Nearly 18,000 children and adults in Saratoga County have been estimated to be struggling with substance use disorders and addiction.

Last year, the inaugural Above & Beyond Challenge featured 36 hikes with more than 100 participants and 31 sponsors raising over $61,000 for the Addiction Medicine Program. The Challenge requires that hikers adhere to responsible hiking principles. The Challenge is the brainchild of Stephan von Schenk, president and CEO of The Adirondack Trust Company and former chair of the Saratoga Foundation Board, who is an avid hiker and outdoorsman.

Hikes will take place June through September and are open to individuals, patients, and groups of all experience levels. Donations are encouraged, but the hikes are free – registration is required. Upon completing online registration for a hike at, a peer-to-peer fundraising page is generated. Should the hiker choose to activate it, they can share the link with friends and family, asking for donations to support the Challenge. Donations of $100 will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt sponsored by Roohan Realty.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, call Courtney Manning at Saratoga Hospital Foundation at (518) 583-8663. To learn more about the Above & Beyond Challenge or to register for a hike, visit their website. New dates and trails will be continually added over the summer, check back often or contact [email protected] for current hike information.

The Above & Beyond Challenge is presented by The Adirondack Trust Company.

Photo of the first Above & Beyond Challenge hikers of the summer at The Pinnacle above Bolton Landing. Front row, from left: Katie LaFreniere, Dr. Renée Rodriguez-Goodemote, Vivian and Paul von Schenk. Back row, from left: Addiction medicine nurse Margaret Lane, Rick Schmidt, Holly Marek, Ronald Rodriquez, Edward Lenz, John Murphy, Earl Mikoloski, and Carolyn, Lydia and Stephen von Schenk, provided.


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