For ALLtech, the first day of summer means it’s time for us to start gearing up for Hike-a-Thon! Once again, we will be hitting the trails throughout August to raise money to support the Washington Trails Association.
In addition to forming a fundraising team for this year’s event, ALLtech is proud to also be a sponsor of Hike-a-Thon, along with the following partners:
Our sponsorship supports our belief that connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health, and we know that supporting Washington Trails Association will help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever.
Why Support Washington Trails Association
The Washington Trails Association is a nonprofit that mobilizes hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands.
Its robust website, wta.org, is the go-to source for Washington state hikers looking for their next adventure. But the wealth of resources expands well beyond recommending your next hike, including Trail Smarts tips for both new and experienced hikers, ways to get involved, and much more.
Washington Trails Association also is a leader in advocacy to support trails and wildlands, and is responsible for creating the state’s largest volunteer trail maintenance program.
Becoming a member might be the easiest way to support Washington Trails Association, but joining Hike-a-Thon – the organization’s signature fundraiser – is definitely the most fun way to give back.
How You Can Participate in Hike-a-Thon
Hike-a-Thon takes place every year throughout the month of August. You can register starting July 1, then start collecting donations through your personal fundraising webpage. Check out the Hike-a-Thon Toolkit for tips on how to get started.
Once you are registered, you can choose whether to hike as an individual or to create or join a team of two to 10 hikers. Consider forming a team with your family, friends or colleagues, and of course you’re always welcome to join the ALLtech team!
This year, registration is free, and you’ll receive a T-shirt once you’ve raised (or donated) $20. For more information, see the Hike-a-Thon FAQ.
Need Hiking Tips?
It’s never too early to start planning your Hike-a-Thon destinations, and we’ve got plenty of resources to get you started! Of course, the best place to turn to is the Washington Trails Association’s website, wta.org. Use the Hiking Guide to find a hike based on region, length, user ratings and other features, or check out the site’s Trip Reports or recommendations based by season.
We also have a recommendation to get you started in the above video from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myers, which highlights the Lake 22 trail in the North Cascades. We’ll have more tips from him and other resources in the weeks to come, so be sure to follow us on Twitter to keep up on the latest. We’ll see you on the trails!