Mille Grazie for a very Successful Hike-A-Thon

Wow! The 2015 Washington Trails Association Hike-A-Thon is over. I hiked a total of 201.3 miles and thanks to so many of you raised a grand total of $5255 for our trails!! Yahoo! This is by far my most successful hike-a-thon campaign-and I imagine once all of the numbers are tallied-it’ll be WTA’s most successful Hike-A-Thon as well.

I hiked some great trails and to some great places including: the High Divide, Little Divide and Aurora Divide in Olympic National Park; the Duckabush Trail in Olympic National Forest; all of the Green Mountain (Kitsap) trails, the Cascade Trail, many of Bainbridge Island’s Trails; Ridley Creek-Elbow Lake-and Park Butte at Mount Baker; and the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Mission Creek Greenway and Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park in British Columbia.

But more importantly were my more than 50 donors! Wow 50 of you donated some of your hard earned cash to help make sure our trails remain open, in good shape and there for the next generation. I want to recognize all of you for your generosity. So thank you:

Tami Asars, Carole Bianquis, Carolyn Burreson, Joan Burton, Kristan Carver, Jennifer Coleman, Ute Collins, Jake Dey, Megan Douglas, Lindsey Du Toit, Ronda Dupea, Marc Elken, Scott Engles, Patrick Feeney, Alan Gregory, Jan Hersey, Krista Hudson, Laurie Jarolinek, Jeff, Maria, and Anthony Romano, Molly Kay, Donna Krueger, John Krystof, Ed Ledger, Todd Mackie, Timothy Manns, Angela Mathews, Lynn McDougal, Liz McNett Crowl, Chris Megrey, Gregory Myrick, Isabelle Noiret, Brown’s Outdoors in Port Angeles, Kris Parfitt, Marilyn Perkins, Lois Peterson, Greg Price, Scotty Railton, Audra Ramerman, Doug and Blake Romano, Judith Romano, Martin Rudow, Susan Runyon, Mitzi Schindele, Vincent Scott, Virginia Scott, Iris Sutcliffe, Frances Troje, Diane Troje, Julie Van Pelt, Kelly Woolms, and Steven Yee. You all rock!

And I have special Green Trails Maps for all you and I apologize that I have been so slow to send them out this year. I have been on the trail too much. You will get them!

And speaking of Green Trails Maps-CEO Alan Coburn pledged $5 a mile to my campaign so my 201 miles meant a $1005 donation from this wonderful company that gives so much back to the outdoor community! Thank you Green Trails Maps!

And Thank you Skagit Runners, my hometown running club that also gave a $1000 stellar donation. Many of the club members are trail runners and care deeply about protecting-expanding and maintaining our trails

And special thanks to Oboz Footwear. This company which I am an ambassador for has been supportive of my hike-a-thons for years and once again donated two pairs of hiking shoes for me to give away as part of my fundraising. So, who among you won the shoes?

One pair goes to Lynn McDougal for making the closest guess to how many miles I would hike in the month of August. I hiked 201.3 miles and she guessed 196.2 miles. Pretty darn close!!

And the shoes winner in the random drawing for all donors is Laurie Jarolinek.

Thanks again to all of you and Happy Hiking!

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