What is the Hiketoberfest Hike-a-Thon?
October 9, the Friends of the Cumberland Trail are holding the Hiketoberfest Hike-a-Thon, the first fundraising event to kick off the Cumberland Trail Challenge. Hikers collect sponsors and pledges from family and friends and then spend the day hiking the Cumberland Trail sections in Signal Mountain.
It’s a super way to benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and gives you the opportunity to help protect the trail and its heritage while hiking and earning great prizes from generous Hike-a-Thon sponsors.
Who can hike for Hike-a-Thon?
Everyone! Young and old, newbie or hardcore hiker, trail volunteer or climber, anyone who loves hiking and hiking trails can participate.
Can my family participate in Hike-a-Thon?
Yes! Just sign your family up as a team when you register.
Can I hike as part of a team for Hike-a-Thon?
Yes! Teams of two to six members are allowed in this year’s event. When you register, simply follow the directions to register as a team.
My company wants to participate in Hike-a-Thon. Can we join as a group?
Yes! Any company can form a Hike-a-Thon Team. A Hike-a-Thon is a great way to encourage team building and get exercise benefits as well. Your company may even match your pledges or make a gift to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail on your behalf. If you’d like to start a Team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much hiking is involved in Hike-a-Thon?
For Hiketoberfest, there are over 8 miles within the Shackleford Ridge Park, including Edwards Point and Mushroom Rock. (You may go to Rainbow Lake on your own, which is a separate trail, much more rigorous, not as well marked and not specifically part of Hiketoberfest). Go to the bottom of this page to see the trails connected with the park.
What can I win?
For the Hiketoberfest, we have Camelbak bottles, bandanas and t-shirts to give away as incentives. Stay tuned for other premiums that will be available through the Cumberland Challenge.
Is there a registration fee?
Yes. There is a $15 registration fee, which also serves as a donation to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, a non-profit organization that supports the Cumberland Trail.
Will my participation be matched by my employer?
Many companies will match participation in cause-related events. You should check with your employer to see if your participation in Hike-a-Thon will count. Check with your HR department to see if your participation will be matched. If it is, your company’s match will count towards your Hike-a-Thon fundraising goal.
Can my company sponsor Hike-a-Thon?
Yes! Sponsorship opportunities are still available for outdoor gear companies and other businesses who want to support the event. Contact Linda Daugherty of Bobby Fulcher at 423-566-2229 for more information or email us at email@example.com.
The first Challenge event takes place in the Signal Mountain section of the Cumberland Trail, including several trails with trail heads conveniently located in Shackleford Ridge Park. Www.hikingchattanooga.com describes the 3 trails (color coded) that run through this 240 acre Hamilton County park as follows:
Level of scenic value: (1=low – 5= high)
Level of hiking difficulty: (1=low – 5= high)
Length of trails:
Blue Trail: 1.7 miles
Yellow Trail: 3.9 miles (includes Edwards Point overlook)
Orange Trail: 2.2 miles