Hike-A-Thon Plus: Super Fun and Super Green!

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The annual Hike-A-Thon kicked off another year Saturday, September 27. This event houses a lot of organizations, which try and show their greener side to the crowd.

The Hike-A-Thon hosted the Audubon Society and Rumpke. Rumpke’s booth was giving away free wildflower seeds and magnets, and other booths were giving away free wild cherry seeds. I happily nabbed a young ginkgo tree from a booth that had free plants. The Girl Scouts had a booth informing visitors about the uses for many native plants—I discovered that cut-up hedge apples from Osage orange trees are actually spider repellants, and it is a smart idea to place them around your house’s exterior if you have a spider problem.

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If you want to attend next year’s Hike-A-Thon, here are a few things to know.

  1. Bring cash. While many things are given out for free, some booths have lovely items for sale, often at killer deals. Moon co-op was selling very cute tee shirts for $5, but only accepted cash as payment.
  2. Bring water and wear layers. Given the time of year, days start off chilly, but come noon it is quite warm outside. Have a light jacket or sweater to stay warm while you need to, and be prepared to fight thirst once it does get hot out. I did spy some water bottles in the Hike-A-Thon’s booths, but no water fountains.
  3. Bring a bag for all the freebies.
  4. Wear good walking shoes. There is a lot of gorgeous nature around, and the Hike-A-Thon, by having a third party donate money for every mile its attendants walk, encourages you to walk all of it. It is both charitable and pleasant to spend a long time hiking at this event.
  5. Be sure you know where you’re going as you head off to the Hike-A-Thon. The Hike-A-Thon is 0.7 miles down the hill beside Cook Field, so if you take a morning stroll to it, it shouldn’t take that long to walk or bike. The parking lot gets very crowded, although not impossible—so, if you have to drive, carpool!
  6. Bring your friends, date, and/or leash-bound pet! The Hike-A-Thon is a good place for people and animals alike to enjoy each other’s company.
  7. Don’t forget a camera! The scenery will not disappoint.

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