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About the Hiking Marathon

This hiking marathon was started by an idea that came from Hot Springs, AR, where the community,held a marathon on their trails. Fairfield Glade volunteers have been building trails for four years and it was thought that holding a marathon would be a great way to promote the use of the trails. The Friends of the Trails offered to organize the event and generous sponsors stepped forward which enabled it to be a free to enter.

The first marathon in 2015 was extremely successful. Over 300 completed the marathon. This happened with little publicity. The marathon caught the imagination of the local people in Cumberland County.

The second marathon in 2016 was also very successful. Over 600 people entered the marathon. Once again this happened with little publicity but we did form a committee to spread the workload and ensure that this community event continues for many years to come. In 2017 we had 900 registrations. In 2018 we had over 1,500 registrations as the event continues to grow every year.

Who knows how popular the fifth event will be.

Marathon Instructions

  1. Hikers of any age are eligible to register for the Hiking Marathon.
  2. It is free to register.
  3. Download the trail descriptions, logsheet and map of all the trails.
  4. If you complete at least one trail you will receive a T-shirt and if you complete all trail you will receive a patch at the Hit the Trails Festival on the first Saturday in October.
  5. There is no additional tangible reward for completing the half-marathon, 13.1 miles, juat personal satisfaction.
  6. Any dog that is registered and hikes at least one trail will receive a bandana.
  7. Review the documents and decide if you would like to register. 
  8. Click on the "Register Here" link above and submit your registration by August 31st. You will receive an automatic confirmation email. (Late registrants are welcome to hike but we cannot guarantee we will have any T-shirts left!)
  9. Have a great time hiking the trails in the month of September.
  10. As soon as you have completed all your hikes submit your logsheet in accordance with the instructions on the logsheet.
  11. Come along the Fairfield Glade "Hit the Trails" Festival and pick up your T-sirt and patch....... and enjoy all that the festival has to offer.