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Registration Open for April ‘Hike-a-Thon’

Hikers, paddlers, trail runners, climbers, mountain bikers and more can participate in this virtual fundraising event.

Registration is open for the third annual TennGreen Land Conservancy Hike-a-Thon! This virtually-managed fundraising event allows participants to enjoy the outdoors from anywhere while raising funds and awareness to protect the lands they love.

Registration is free, and there’s something for everyone with competitions for all levels of hikers, paddlers, trail runners, climbers, mountain bikers and more. The adventure portion of the event starts April 1, though participants may start fundraising as soon as they’re registered.

About the TennGreen Land Conservancy Hike-a-Thon

In 2022, TennGreen Land Conservancy protected more than 5,000 acres of forests and open spaces throughout the state. Some of these successes included expanding Fall Creek Falls State Park by more than 2,000 acres; working with partners to acquire four acres adjacent to Lockeland Springs Park in East Nashville; acquiring land for the future Big River Park in Memphis; and purchasing key lands along the Cumberland Trail, Tennessee’s longest linear park.

“Saving land is as expensive as it is urgent, and the crucial dollars we raise through the Hike-a-Thon ensure we can do more to protect the places that enhance our quality of life,” said Alice Hudson Pell, TennGreen’s Executive Director. “With the funds we raise through this year’s event, we’ll continue to create and expand our beloved parks and natural areas, help more landowners protect their forests and farmland, and further encourage all to love and defend nature. I hope to see you all on the trails next month!”

Hike-a-Thon participants may compete individually or on teams for the chance to win exciting prizes in a number of competitions. Prizes include a AntiX 2.0 Whitewater Kayak, free shoes from KEEN Footwear, camping equipment donated by REI, a two-night weekend stay at Wildwood Resort & Marina and more.

Participants may compete in as many competitions as they’d like, and pop-up prizes will be up for grabs throughout the month of April. Participants can also win prizes by completing ten of sixteen Hike-a-Thon “challenges” (e.g., visit a State Natural Area) as part of a Tennessee Treasure Hunt.

Register for the Hike-a-Thon now at secure.qgiv.com/event/hikeathon2023If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Rich Swartwood, TennGreen Land Conservancy’s Director of Development, at hikeathon@tenngreen.org or 615-329-4441 ext. 102. Donations to the Hike-a-Thon can be made through the Hike-a-Thon website or by mailing a check to 1213A 16th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212.

Learn more at tenngreen.org


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.