Asheville, NC (July 31, 2012)
– The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is celebrating
the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) with a summer games
competition on August 14, 2012 at the Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC. The event
will run from 5 to 9 p.m.
Participants will compete for a variety of outdoor gear prizes by playing classic activities like a
water balloon toss, watermelon seed spitting contest and a cupcake walk. Prizes have been
generously donated by Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), Mountain Khaki, Gregory, MSR, World’s
Best Carrot Cake and Tiffany’s Baking Company.
The event will also feature Jay Leutze, noted national conservation spokesperson and author,
who will read from his new book, Stand Up That Mountain. Musicians are welcome to come and
perform during the competition. The Highland Brewing Company will also feature beer specials
throughout the event.
“This year marks a milestone for the Appalachian Trail,” said Mark Wenger, Executive Director
and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “Not only does this anniversary celebrate the
completion of the Trail, it also celebrates the unique collaboration and determination of countless
individuals, private organizations, and state and federal agencies in their efforts to complete this
long-distance hiking trail from Maine to Georgia.”
The A.T. was completed 75 years ago on August 14, 1937. This task took over 15 years to
complete and involved thousands of volunteers, agency partners, local Trail maintaining clubs
and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The A.T. is one of the longest continuously marked
footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen
states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern
terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
It has been estimated that 2-3 million people visit the Trail every year and about 1,800–2,000
people attempt to “thru-hike” the Trail. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a
variety of reasons: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of city life, to meet new people
or deepen old friendships, or to experience a simpler life.
The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System and is managed under a unique partnership
between the public and private sectors that includes, among others, the National Park Service,
the USDA Forest Service, an array of state agencies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and 31
local Trail-maintaining clubs. About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Email: [email protected]