Posted by: wfpdc | June 12, 2012

2012 Hike-a-Thon

The annual DC Water For People Hike-A-Thon at Sugarloaf Mountain is fast approaching on August 18, 2012!


This year we are hiking in solidarity with Challenge21 and summiting a peak of our own!  The hike will be held at Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, MD. We’ll hike about 5 miles around the base of the mountain (on the blue trail), take in great views of the countryside and enjoy the shaded trails. Then we’ll finish the hike atop the mountain at a height of over 1,200 feet.

The hike will start at 9:00am this year, to beat the heat a little bit. We’ll once again have checkpoints along the way, where we’ll ask trivia questions about Water For People, the global water crisis, and Challenge21. You can win great prizes, such as: an REI flashpack, two 2-day passes to the Newseum, $30 gif card for Bread Company, $25 gift card to Cupcakery, and $25 gift card to Home Body.

The hike is rain or shine.  Dogs are welcome at Sugarloaf, but must be kept on a leash


From I-270, take the Hyattstown exit/Route 109.  Take Route 109 heading west.  There will be brown signs with directions for Sugarloaf Mountain.   If you’re coming from Frederick, it should be a left turn onto Route 109. If coming from DC, it should be a right turn onto Route 109.  After almost 3 miles, you’ll be making a right turn onto Comus Road, just past The Comus Inn. After about 2.5 miles, you’ll reach the base of Sugarloaf.  Take a right turn into the park (past the barn), and continue to the top. We’ll be meeting at the West Parking Lot.


Because Sugarloaf is so popular and parking is limited, we are STRONGLY encouraging carpooling. If you need a ride, or would like to offer a ride, please email and provide your name, contact info (email or phone), where you live, and how many people you can take. For those who volunteer to drive, we’ll be giving you an extra raffle ticket!


The cost is $20 per person, or $100 for a team/family of up to six. Dogs and children under ten are FREE. We’ll be giving away fabulous aluminum water bottles to those who pre-registered (and others while supplies last). A big thank you to Arcadis for sponsoring the water bottles! Onsite registration will be available for $25.

Registration is closed.

Help Raise More Money:

NEW THIS YEAR – you can treat the hike as a true hike-a-thon and collect pledges to help us raise even more funds for a great cause!  Encourage your friends and family to join you at the hike, but if they cannot make it, see if they’ll pledge you a few dollars per mile.  Did you know it only takes about $20 to help provide a safe, reliable water source for one person? Just a little bit can go a long way!

Visit our Crowdrise page here, and join the Team to start raising money!  We’ll be offering special prizes to those who collect the most pledges.

After the Hike:

If you’d like, join fellow hikers for a picnic and some wine tasting after the hike! A group will be heading over to Sugarloaf Mountain Winery (18125 Comus Road, Dickerson, MD) after the hike.  If you’re interested, bring a picnic (and chairs or a blanket) and $10 to taste their 9 award-winning wines!  Dogs are welcome too!

About Challenge21:

Climber and Water For People supporter Jake Norton has dedicated the next few years to climbing the three highest peaks on each of the seven continents, all to raise awareness of the global water crisis. He recently crossed the mighty Mount Everest off the list, and raised over $31,000 in the process. To keep up to date with Jake and his fellow climbers on their latest quest, visit or follow them on Twitter here.

About Sugarloaf Mountain:

Sugarloaf Mountain is graciously letting us use their site and facilities and are also a non-profit, visit their website to become a member or a benefactor.


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