FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2019
CONTACT: Kristin McLane, Membership & Communications Coordinator
(802) 241-8324; [email protected]
Hike the Long Trail in a Day
And Support the Green Mountain Club
Long Trail Day, the Green Mountain Club’s annual social fundraiser and hiking challenge, is on Saturday, August 3rd! Hike. Give Back. Then celebrate your success at post-hike parties across the state. Register now at greenmountainclub.org/longtrailday.
Individuals and teams will hike segments of the Long Trail to complete the entire 272-mile trail in one day, all while raising money for the Green Mountain Club to continue its work caring for the mountains and trails of Vermont. The fun continues by joining other hikers at nine local watering holes across the state to celebrate the completion of the day’s hike.
The first 272 people to register will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks and all registrants will receive a free digital Long Trail Map included in the $25 registration fee. The first 10 people to raise $272 will also receive a Skida headband, and top fundraisers will receive an Osprey backpack! Long Trail Day bandanas and BUFFs are awarded at the $272 and $500 fundraising levels. Can’t hike that day? You can still help! Become a virtual hiker by registering and fundraising online, with the same chance to receive rewards as those hiking.
After your hike, please join a post-hike celebration at the Long Trail Day watering hole closest to your hike or home. A GMC representative will be present at each location to help you connect with other hikers and hand out any applicable prizes. After parties will run from 4-7 PM at Beer Naked Brewery (Marlboro), Mulligan’s Pub (Manchester), Long Trail Brewing (Bridgewater Corners), Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Waitsfield), Prohibition Pig Brewery (Waterbury), Foam Brewers (Burlington), and Idletyme Brewing (Stowe), and from 4-6 PM at Otter Creek Brewing (Middlebury) and Rock Art Brewery (Morrisville).
“The Green Mountain Club wants to encourage hikers of all ages to get outside and hike the Long Trail to experience firsthand the natural beauty, vistas, wildlife, and unique character of the Green Mountains,” says GMC Executive Director Mike DeBonis. “Long Trail Day is a great opportunity for the hiking community to come together in supporting their trails and to complete a significant hiking challenge at the same time.”
Long Trail Day 2019 is sponsored by Smugglers’ Notch Resort and King Arthur Flour, with additional support provided by Mascoma Bank, Casella, Chroma, Muddy Moose, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Onion River Outdoors, Orvis, Villanti Printers, Atlas Guides, Ben & Jerry’s, Community National Bank, Country Walkers, Cushman Design Group, Daly & Daly, P.C., Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs, Farm-Way, L.L. Bean, Mad River Barn, The Mailing Center, The Mountain Goat, rk MILES, The Skinny Pancake, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co, The Vermont Country Store, VHB, Darn Tough, Front Porch Forum, Osprey, Seven Days, Skida, and Websticker.
Established in 1910 to build the Long Trail, the Green Mountain Club is a member-supported private non-profit organization. The GMC is dedicated to maintaining and protecting Vermont’s historic Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Kingdom Heritage trails in the Northeast Kingdom. Every year more than 1,000 volunteers work so that future generations will enjoy the 500-mile Long Trail System. Contact the Green Mountain Club to learn more or to become a member.