2021 Dane County Hike-a-Thon

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Thanks to everyone who made the 2021 Hike-a-Thon a success! We exceeded our fundraising goal!

The Dane County Chapter 2021 Hike-a-Thon is a month-long, hike-on-your-own event in June to benefit the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s (IATA) Dane County Land Fund.  We hope to work together to raise more than $10,000. We greatly appreciate your contribution. (More about the Dane County Land Fund.)

In addition to enjoying the Ice Age Trail in and  around Dane County*, registrants receive the 2021 Hike-a-Thon patch (above) and can participate in the 2021 Hike-a-Thon speaker series, with virtual presentations on Tuesday evenings throughout the month of June. We’re also planning several in-person “Connect” events, which will align with public health guidelines, and an online auction! 

*There are no requirements for distances to hike–we just want participants to get out and enjoy the trail! There are 11 segments of Ice Age Trail in Dane County for you to explore! (Segment maps)


Suggested donation: $50 per household. Register here.

Registration includes 2021 Hike-a-Thon patch(es) and access to the speaker’s series. All proceeds benefit the Dane County Land Fund, which is used to help with costs related to land purchases essential to the long-term goal of moving more of the trail off connecting roads in Dane County. 

Patches will be mailed to all participants in July.

Speaker Series

All presentations are Tuesday evenings, 7 p.m., via Zoom. Links will be emailed to Hike-a-Thon registrants.

  • June 1st – 7 PM: Hiker Resources (including a review of Dane County trail segments).
    Speaker(s):  Tiffany Stram, IATA GIS & Technology Specialist, & Brad Crary, IATA Special Projects Coordinator
  • June 8th – 7 PM: Land Conservation and the Dane County Land Fund.
    Speakers: Kevin Thusius, IATA Director of Land Conservation, & Dave Lonsdorf, Dane County Chapter Co-coordinator & Land Fund Chair
  • June 15th – 7 PM: Overview of the Ice Age Trail.
    Speaker: Luke Kloberdanz, IATA Director of Philanthropy
  • June 22nd – 7 PM: Geology of the Ice Age Trail in Dane County.
    Speaker: Dave Mickelson, Emeritus Professor of Geoscience, Geological Engineering and Water Resources Management, UW-Madison
  • June 29th – 7 PM: How to Volunteer and Get Involved with the Dane County Chapter.
    Speakers: Panel of Dane County Chapter Volunteers

“Connect” Events

Drop-in opportunities to engage with informed chapter members about the trail before you head out on your hike. (Event TBD will be updated soon. You can also follow our chapter on Facebook for updates.)  Distances noted below are for hikes along the IAT and are one-way unless “loop” is noted, but of course go only as far as you wish! All “Connect” events will comply with public health guidelines.

  • Wednesday, June 2nd – 3-6 PM: “Monty” the Mammoth at Verona Farmer’s Market!
  • Saturday, June 5th – 9 AM – 1 PM: “Connect Event” @ Prairie Moraine County Park (6.4 mile hike into Verona or hike within the park)
  • Saturday, June 12th – 9 AM – 1 PM:  “Connect Event” @ Indian Lake County Park (2.9 miles of IAT; other trails also in park)
  • Saturday, June 19th – 9 AM – 1 PM:  “Connect Event” @ H.M. Zander Community Park, Cross Plains  (9 miles of trail in and around Cross Plains)
  • CANCELLED due to weather forecast. Saturday, June 26th – 9 AM – 1 PM: “Connect Event” @ Springfield Hill (1.6 mile loop–perfect for those wanting a shorter hike!)
  • Wednesday, June 30th – 5 PM – 9PM  HAT 2021 Celebration at Hop Haus Brewing in Verona

Online Auction

Bid on donated items and experiences throughout June in the HAT online auction!

Dane Drifters Program

Interested in hiking all of the Ice Age Trail segments in Dane County? There’s an award for that! The Dane Drifters Hiking Award includes a Dane Drifters patch and recognition.  More information and registration form (pdf).

About the Ice Age Trail

Find out more about the Ice Age Trail here on the Ice Age Trail Alliance web site.  If you’d like detailed information about segments of the trail throughout the state, including maps, a description of natural features, parking information, and amenities, check out the Ice Age Trail Guidebook and Ice Age Trail Atlas.

About the Dane County Land Fund

Here in Dane County, we have completed 39 miles of off-road Ice Age Trail and have another 20 miles or so of connecting road walks that we would like to replace with hiking trails.  (Statewide, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail currently has approximately 675 miles of “off road” trails for hikers, with the gaps between sections of trail connecting road hikes.)  The most important factor in accomplishing this mission is land protection. 

In 2019, the Dane County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance established a Dane County Land Fund to help complete the Ice Age Trail in Dane County. The Dane County Land Fund allows quick action when a land protection opportunity arises, providing funds to pay for critical, time-sensitive costs related to land acquisition, such as appraisals, land surveys, and other fees.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance’s mission to “create, support, and protect” the Ice Age Trail includes the long-term goal of an entirely off-road, 1200-mile trail. With your support, the Dane County Land Fund can help make it happen.  (Donate directly to the Dane County Land Fund.)

The IATA / Dane County Land  Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your gift as part of this event is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

During June, Avani Yoga is donating 50% of the registration fee for it’s Thursday evening “IATA Weekend Warmup” online classes to the Dane County Land Fund!

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