Happy hiking! The 2022 Cumberland County Hiking Marathon has begun and thousands of hikers take to the scenic route on foot in September to take in views of the plateau on designated marathon hiking trails.
If you missed the opportunity to register early, it’s not too late. You can still participate in the marathon or 10K with open online registration for the free event.
The Cumberland County Walking Marathon will end on Friday, September 30.
Friends of the Trails have already reported that over 3,000 miles have been covered and six participants have already completed the marathon.
Marathon runners can complete the 26.2 miles of selected trails at their leisure, at their own pace, in groups or alone in September.
The Hit the Trails Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Square, corner of Peavine Rd. and Stonehenge Dr. Marathon participants will receive a free marathon t-shirt at the festival. Anyone who completes the entire marathon will also receive a completion patch, and participating puppies will receive a bandana.
The Hit the Trails festival will also feature vendors representing all manner of outdoor activities, area bands and clubs to encourage an ongoing active lifestyle, as well as live music and concessions.
Friend of the Trails also reported that more than 1,500 people attended the Hit the Trails festival last year.
For those wishing to hike in a group, there are guided group hikes on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the month. Check the program on walkingmarathon.com/guided-hikes/.
You can download a journal sheet to record your progress at home. However, this year, marathon runners are encouraged to log their mile totals online by viewing their bib numbers and checking off their completed runs.
If participants cannot complete a specified marathon trail, they may substitute listed and unlisted trails to make up for the distance. The participant then marked the trail online as if they had walked it.
The Cumberland County Walking Marathon operates on an honor system.
To register for the marathon online, go to walkingmarathon.com for more information and to get started!