AZT in a DAY a Huge Success
For the past four years, we’ve invited the Arizona Trail community to help us complete the entire length of the Arizona Trail in 24 hours through our ambitious AZT in a DAY initiative. This year, on October 9, at least 431 people participated. There were 357 hikers, 30 runners, 17 mountain bikers, and 27 equestrians. At least 91 family and friends were there to provide shuttles, and 360 people donated in support of our mission. If you participated and haven’t reported your miles yet, please do that here.
As a team, we logged over 4,131 trail miles in 24 hours. That’s enough miles to cover the Arizona Trail’s 800-mile length over five times in a single day! While the day was met with clear weather, the summer monsoons and overgrowth left portions of the trail difficult to traverse. Several hikers reported that it was tough getting to and through their sections, which added to the difficulty of the day’s challenge.
We can say with certainty that 99% of the sections were completed! That’s the BEST completion record to date. Thanks to participants’ generosity and willingness to reach out to friends and family members to donate, we raised over $38,000. This will directly support trail construction and maintenance projects, youth programs, and wildlife conservation within the Arizona Trail corridor.
“We are thrilled with the generosity of our trail community,” said Karrie Kressler, the ATA’s Administrative Director who dreamed up AZT in a DAY in 2018. “We nearly covered all 800 miles of the AZT this year, and are confident we’ll make history in 2022 with 100% coverage.”
Please save the date for Saturday, October 8, 2022!