Popular Hike-A-Thon is back for 2018!
In celebration of National Trails Day, join hikers, friends, family, and colleagues on the Ice Age Trail to explore Dane County and raise funds to build, maintain, and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Participants can choose one of two hikes along the Ice Age Trail:
- Prairie-to-Prairie Hike – 6 miles from Prairie Moraine County Park in Verona to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona
- Hike-a-Thon – 20 miles from Brooklyn State Wildlife Area to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona
Supporting the Ice Age Trail
Over the last 6 years, the Hike-A-Thon has raised more than $30,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance and its Dane County Chapter.
In 2018, our goal is to work together to raise more than $8,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance. We are asking all participants to make a tax-deductible gift or collect pledges of $30 or more ($40 after May 26th).
Those who are not currently Alliance members who donate or raise $50 or more have the option to start a one-year Alliance membership.
To register yourself for the event or to make a gift in support of someone else, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.
The first 72 participants to register will receive a pair of Wigwam socks courtesy of Fontana Sports Specialties.
Those participating in the 20-mile Hike-a-Thon will meet at 8 a.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, in the Dog Park parking lot on the right about 1500 feet after the park entrance. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 8:30 a.m. to take you to the start at the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area. Bring a lunch and at least 16 ounces of water. We will have water stops with snacks every 3-5 miles. Porta-potties will be available along the route.
Those participating in the 6-mile Prairie-to-Prairie Hike will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, in the Dog Park parking lot on the right about 1500 feet after the park entrance. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 1 p.m. to take you to the start at Prairie Moraine County Park. Bring at least 16 ounces of water.
We anticipate that participants from both hikes will arrive at the finish line at Shelter #1 together starting around 3:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, snacks, and a celebration! Please bring a folding chair if you plan to stick around for the party.
In the event of severe or threatening weather, we may need to cancel the Hike-a-Thon at the last minute for safety reasons. If this happens, we will be unable to refund donations.
We love dogs, but please leave yours at home for this event.
Thanks to these local businesses for supporting and sponsoring the 2018 Hike-A-Thon!