Hikers, runners and riders attempt to complete entire 800-mile Arizona Trail in one day on Saturday, Oct. 12

Copper Area News (September 18, 2019) by Staff


Imagine hiking, biking or riding 800 miles in a single day.

Sound impossible?

It’s not – if you volunteer to cover one of nearly 100 separate sections of the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT), along with others who each choose to travel different sections of the route, which extends from the Mexico border to the Utah border.

A Record Setting Endeavor

On Sat., Oct. 12, more than 1,000 hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians from around the world will be staged along the course to participate in “AZT in a Day” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Arizona Trail Association.

“We want to get people out to experience the entire length of the trail and set the record for participation in a single day to celebrate our first 25 years of existence,” said Matthew Nelson, executive director of the Arizona Trail Association. “This will be the first time a National Scenic Trail will be completed in this way,” he added.

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