Need more adventure in 2022? Join the Trailblaze Challenge with Make-A-Wish Alabama

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The way you’ll feel after conquering the Trailblaze Challenge is indescribable. Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama

If you want to challenge yourself in the new year, look no further than the Trailblaze Challenge. Read on to discover how you can take part in this unique opportunity, which benefits Make-A-Wish Alabama, all while challenging yourself in 2022. Register now to become a Trailblazer.

The Challenge

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Are you ready to become a Trailblazer? Photo via Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish Alabama’s largest fundraising event, the Trailblaze Challenge, is an endurance hiking event where participants hike 26.3 miles in one day along the Pinhoti Trail. This is the sixth year the Challenge has been hosted in Alabama with more than 600 people having participated in the event since its inception.

This year’s fundraising goal is set for 1 million dollars, which makes it one of the top grossing Trailblaze Challenge event in the US.

Participants will train over the course of 12 weeks with experienced trail support team members leading up to hike weekend. Not only will you find the support to crush your 2022 fitness goals, but you’ll also join a community of like-minded adventurers in your area.

Become a Trailblazer

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Challenge yourself to make a difference. Photo via Make-A-Wish

I know what you’re thinking… 26.3 miles?! Sure, it may sound intimidating, but trust us, you can do it! The Trailblaze Challenge is open to all ages and fitness levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiast. In fact, Make-A-Wish Alabama has seen participants in their teens to age 75+ complete the hike. 

You’ll be fully supported every step of the way, from the planned group training hikes to event weekend. On the “big hike,” there are aid stations set up all along the trail with food, water, medical support, and everything else you may need.

Are you ready to take the steps to become a Trailblazer? RSVP for an info session—they’re free with no commitment attached. 

During your session, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the Trailblaze Challenge and have the chance to ask any questions you may have. 

Sessions fill up fast! RSVP now to become a Trailblazer

  • Birmingham Info Sessions: January 6-25
  • Deadline to register: Thursday, January 27
  • Hike Weekend One: Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1
  • Hike Weekend Two: Friday-Sunday, May 13-15

Info sessions also take place in Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery. Find exact dates, times and locations in the graphic below.

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RSVP to an info session. Photo via Make-a-Wish Alabama

Support Make-A-Wish Alabama and children across the state

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A unique challenge along the Pinhoti Trail. Photo via Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish Alabama is a local nonprofit that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in the state of Alabama.

When you donate to this organization or participate in a fundraiser like the Trailblaze Challenge, those funds stay in the state and support children and families in your community. 

Currently, over 250 children in the state of Alabama are waiting on a wish. When you participate in the Trailblaze Challenge, you’ll help bring life-changing wishes to life for children and their families. 

“I can promise you that the relationships you make with other Trailblazers, the mental and physical health benefits to you, and the sheer joy of seeing kids get a life-changing wish granted will make your experience something you will never forget.”

Teri Lott, Trailblazer

Register now to become a Trailblazer.

Want to learn more about Make-A-Wish Alabama and the Trailblaze Challenge? Visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up to become a Trailblazer.

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