The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has announced that its annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon will take place virtually this year, due to the ongoing pandemic.
Instead of organizing large groups of volunteer-led hikes, the event will encourage individual outings on July 5, 2020.
“We know that this is disappointing, we are disappointed as well,” event organizer and LGLC Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Hoffman said in an announcement to supporters. “However, after considering multiple factors, it’s the best decision we can make at this time to keep everyone safe.”
According to the LGLC, the 2020 Hike-A-Thon was on track to be the largest Hike-A-Thon yet in its 8-year history. The event was slated to have 20 different sites being hiked or paddled simultaneously in honor of the year, with an after-party to be held at the Bolton Conservation Park.
The new, virtual event will no longer have dedicated sites. People can choose anywhere they’d like to go to enjoy the great outdoors, even if it means taking a walk around their home neighborhood.
“We are encouraging everyone—registered or not—to participate,” Hoffman said. “We can still make this a great event, while following guidelines to stay safe. We will continue to encourage people to stay local, avoid crowded trails and waterways, and wear masks if an area is congested.”
One of the LGLC’s requests is that people participating on July 5th wear a past Hike-A-Thon shirt or this year’s, which features a design created by SUNY Adirondack New Media Early College Career Academy (ECCA) student, Madison Caravella. Caravella is a high school senior from Saratoga Springs City School District.
The LGLC partnered with Media Arts Instructor Brandon Segal to give students a real-life experience of working with a client. Each student produced t-shirt design concepts as part of their Client Design Workshop Course, the capstone of the program that the students take in their last semester.
The Hike-A-Thon is a free public outreach event, made possible with the financial support of business sponsors and individuals who choose to donate with their registrations. Free shirts are offered to those who register early.
“As always, we are so grateful to all of those who made a donation with their registration and to our sponsors,” said Hoffman. “This year their support is especially important as we work through these difficult times. Please help us show our thanks by supporting them, as they have supported us!”
The 2020 Hike-A-Thon sponsors include the Lake George Mirror, as the event’s media sponsor; Carl Heilman, II/Wild Visions, Inc.; Bruce Mowery of North Country HeliFlite; the Town of Bolton; the Adirondack Pub and Brewery; Lake George RV Park; the Rotary Club of Lake George; Camp David, Lake George; International Paper, Ticonderoga Mill; JUST water; Love is on Lake George; Arcurio Consulting; and Cedar Graphics. The event’s new website was designed by Connally Creative.
After organizing the first Lake George Hike-A-Thon in 2013 as a celebration of the LGLC’s 25th anniversary, the event has continued each year since to showcase the LGLC’s parks and preserves as free public resources, and to promote an appreciation for the outdoors and for the protection of the land that protects the lake.
Guidelines for How to Participate in 2020:
· Go outside on July 5th to enjoy an outing on your own. This may be in your own backyard, a local park, or other favorite hike or paddle. If social distancing protocols are still in place, please continue to be safe and choose a destination that is local to you, and avoid crowds.
· Wear a t-shirt from a past Hike-A-Thon or this year’s. (Those who had registered in April will still receive a free 2020 Hike-A-Thon shirt, as promised. We are working on the logistics of this, and will be in touch when we have more details.) This year’s shirt, as well as past years’, will also available to purchase via lglcstore.myshopify.com. Orders must be placed by June 5th for delivery by July 1st.
· Share a selfie or two on Facebook or Instagram, with the hashtag #LGHikeAThon2020—be sure to let us know where you are and who you’re with. Follow us @HikeLakeGeorge and @LakeGeorgeHikeAThon. Not on social media? You can email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates and more information about the Hike-A-Thon, visit the event website, or contact Sarah Hoffman at (518) 644-9673, or email email@example.com. For news and updates, follow the Hike-A-Thon Facebook page.