Trail-A-Thon: 102 Miles for 102 Years

August 29, 2022
Jennifer Zack
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Trail-A-Thon: 102 Miles for 102 Years


Help celebrate the Trail Conference's birthday by taking part in annual  Trail-A-Thon!

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has been creating safe, enjoyable access to nature since 1920. It's thanks to the incredible generosity of Trail Conference volunteers and advocates that we all have such a wealth of outdoor opportunities in the most densely populated area of the country. Help us celebrate that legacy!

Trails give us so much: from respite to adventure to a pathway towards physical, mental, and emotional health. Our Trail-A-Thon is a chance to support safe and sustainable trails and healthy parks. Explore a favorite park, try out a new trail, take a lap around your neighborhood, or even hit a treadmill! While ticking off your miles, you'll also have the opportunity to raise money for the Trail Conference and protect the land you love in the process. This event will help raise awareness and financial support to continue our mission for another 100 years.



Registration to accept the 102-mile challenge opens Sept. 1. This allows each participant time to set up a personal fundraising page, join a virtual team, and share your reason for accepting this challenge in honor of the Trail Conference. The official challenge is 102 miles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do more–or less! The Trail-A-Thon is about getting outdoors, connecting with nature, and celebrating the Trail Conference's 100 years of service. Trail-A-Thon participants are encouraged to reach out to family, friends, and colleagues to support your efforts in making an impact.


We've set a minimum $75 fundraising requirement to participate in the Trail-A-Thon, which you can donate yourself or raise throughout the course of the six-week challenge. Raising your fundraising goal** supports the Trail Conference’s vital work ensuring your safe, enjoyable access to nature. Plus, you can start collecting prizes once you’ve hit $100 raised! Along the way, we’ll share tips to help you reach, achieve, and exceed your fundraising goal. We want the Trail-A-Thon to be the “fun” in fundraising!

Everyone is a winner! All participants will receive a certificate of participation, a year membership to the Trail Conference and a Trail-A-Thon T-Shirt at the end of the challenge. To sweeten the pot, we’ve added fundraising+ prizes at various levels:

$100 raised: Receive your choice of a Trail Conference map (paper or digital)
$250 raised: Receive a Moved By Nature, United By Trails tote bag, plus all the above
$500 raised: Receive a Trail Conference Fleece Crew Sweatshirt, plus all the above
$750 raised: Receive a Moved By Nature, United By Trails steel cup, plus all the above
$1,000 raised: Receive a Hydro Flask Journey Series 20 L Hydration Pack Back Pack, plus all the above
$1,500+ raised: Receive our 12 map sets (paper or digital), plus all the above

All participants who complete 102 miles by October 31 will receive a finishers medal to celebrate your amazing Trail-A-Thon accomplishment!
First female and male to hit 25, 50, 75, 100 miles will be gifted a Hydro Flask Journey Series 20 L Hydration Pack Back Pack.

$170 Merrell gift card will be gifted to both the female and male participant with the highest total miles.

Teams with the most funds raised will receive a TBD

The Corporate Challenge
With any sponsorship of $500 and above, you can register as many employee participants as you like. Register your sponsorship here on our website and you will then be sent instructions on how all your employee participants can register on RunSignUp at no charge!

If you need help registering, please check out our how-to guide.

All fundraising milestone rewards will be mailed out after Oct. 31. Multiple milestones rewards will arrive in one large mailer.


Throughout the Trail-A-Thon, we will be highlighting inspiring stories of individuals and teams participating in the challenge. Please share photos, videos, and your “why” on Instagram and Facebook by tagging @nynjtc and using the hashtag #trailathon2022.