As many of you know August has become my time to return as much as I’m able to the good folks who work so diligently to maintain the miles of trails we all love to use. Last year the Washington Trails Association’s annual Hike-a-Thon provided me with an opportunity to get out on the trail every day during the month of August. By the end of the month, with the help of my employer’s matching program and many of you I raised a good chunk of change.
This year the goal is set a little higher which means this year there will be more mileage than last year. I’m going to walk with Jim Nee along section J of the Pacific Crest Trail for at least a week and am doing my best to maximize my mileage through the rest of the month.
There are several ways you can help me this year. First, cash donations directly to the Washington Trails Association via the included link, this option will work best for those of you who don’t happen to be the betting type. For a contribution of $40 or more, anyone who sponsors me is eligible for Washington Trails Association membership. To request your membership, make a donation and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kara Chin at 206-625-1367. Please include my name in your mail. WTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law which means not only are you supporting some great trail work, but there’s a little tax relief in this as well.
Second, you can bet against me. If you pledge to donate some amount of money per mile it will be a race of sorts between my ability to lay on the miles and your speculation regarding my limits. In essence you’re pledge to donate a quarter per mile is going to drive me to cover that many more miles on a daily basis. August is traditionally hot and dry in the Cascades, there are mosquitos, snakes, last year I even saw a bear; know that there are built in limits to this endeavor.
Third, you can bet toward my success by pledging some amount per period of time. My employer compensates the WTA $17 for every hour I volunteer for this organization. Believe me this is a win-win. I get to spend more time out and about and the WTA raises the money necessary for its successful operation just because I am. Very Zen.
Finally, let me know if you’ve got a challenge. Maybe you’re nurturing a grudge and want to donate a dollar for every vertical foot I climb? Perhaps you’ve got five greenbacks for every tree I clear from the trail? Or maybe you’re lonely and wouldn’t mind donating a little dough to the cause if I joined you for a hike somewhere? I’m game for just about anything, I’ll show you a good time at a discount.
Contact is required for options two through four. Please feel free to respond to me via Facebook, Twitter, email or phone.
Remember, it all goes to a good cause. A cause that does something we can see and experience. Thanks for your support!