Early-bird registration for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) Hike-A-Thon opened March 2nd to another eager crowd. Just two hours after opening, the 8th annual event had 150 registrations; after one week that tally has surpassed 400.
The LGLC expects its biggest Hike-A-Thon in its history—in honor of the notable year of 2020, the event has increased to include 20 sites, with the potential for more than 700 hikers, paddlers and volunteers. Always scheduled for July 5th, the event has rotated through the days of the week; this year the 5th lands on a Sunday.
The 2020 Hike-A-Thon will include 20 simultaneous hikes and paddles all around Lake George, culminating with aerial photography of each group by Carl Heilman, II, who will once again be flying in a helicopter donated and piloted by Bruce Mowery of North Country HeliFlite. Mowery and Heilman have been part of this lake-wide event since its first year in 2013.
Participants and their friends and family are invited to gather after their hike or paddle for the event’s After-Party, to be held at the Bolton Conservation Park on Edgecomb Pond Rd. Here, everyone will be able to swap stories, pick up merchandise, visit with sponsors, and enjoy a cold beer or root beer provided by Adirondack Pub and Brewery. Activities for kids and a live broadcast from HITS 95.9 will also be on-site.
The Lake George Hike-A-Thon encourages participation from people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities, by offering sites that have varying levels of difficulty. Details about each site is available online.
The early-bird registration period runs from March 2 through April 30, and includes a free event t-shirt for each registered person. General registrations may be made until June 12. Sponsors and volunteers are also welcome.
After organizing the first Lake George Hike-A-Thon in 2013 as a celebration of the LGLC’s 25th anniversary, the event has continued each year since to showcase the LGLC’s parks and preserves as free public resources, and to promote an appreciation for the outdoors and for the protection of the land that protects the lake.
The Hike-A-Thon is a free public outreach event, made possible with the financial support of business sponsors and individuals who choose to donate with their registrations. To date, the 2020 Hike-A-Thon sponsors include the Lake George Mirror, as the event’s media sponsor; Carl Heilman, II/Wild Visions, Inc.; Bruce Mowery of North Country HeliFlite; the Town of Bolton; the Adirondack Pub and Brewery; Lake George RV Park; Lake George Rotary Club; Camp David, Lake George; and Love is on Lake George.
To register for the Hike-A-Thon and for more information click here, or contact Sarah Hoffman at (518) 644-9673, or email [email protected]