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Tennessee nonprofit smashes fundraising record; raises over $164K for nature during ‘Hike-a-Thon’

Tennessee nonprofit smashes fundraising record; raises over $164K for nature during ‘Hike-a-Thon’

TennGreen Land Conservancy hosted its third annual Hike-a-Thon. Throughout April, Hike-a-Thon participants raised $164,910 for the environmental nonprofit and competed against other hikers, paddlers, mountain bikers, trail runners, and climbers to win exciting prizes. Participants completed over 2,000 outdoor adventures and explored more than 8,800 miles across 23 states, five countries, and one US territory.

TENNESSEE (May 11, 2023)—Supporters of TennGreen Land Conservancy smashed fundraising goals in April by raising $164,910 for the organization during its annual Hike-a-Thon. TennGreen Land Conservancy launched this first-of-its-kind event in the Southeast in 2021. In its third year, the Hike-a-Thon was more successful than ever, inspiring over 1,000 participants, donors, and sponsors to get involved.

“We’re so grateful for the incredible support from everyone who made this year’s Hike-a-Thon the best yet,” said Alice Hudson Pell, Executive Director of TennGreen Land Conservancy. “Together, we explored the beauty of our natural world while raising funds to protect it for future generations. I look forward to furthering the protection of the places that make Tennessee so special!”

The Hike-a-Thon is a month-long competition where people of all ages and abilities can explore nature and raise funds to protect Tennessee’s lands and waters. The Hike-a-Thon is free to participate in, managed virtually, and offers competitions and prizes for a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts. This year, 503 hikers, paddlers, climbers, mountain bikers, and trail runners completed over 2,000 outdoor adventures, exploring more than 8,800 miles across the globe.

Other highlights include:

  • 17 participants each hiked more than 100 miles during the competition, with two hiking more than 200 miles
  • Adventures completed in 23 states, five countries, and one US territory
  • Hike-a-Thoners climbed more than 111,000 feet (that’s ~21 miles and equivalent to climbing Mount Everest nearly four times)

Participants also hiked 6,499 miles, mountain biked 1,039 miles, paddled 699 miles, and ran 547 miles on trails.

“Loved it,” said Wendy Sadler, a 2023 Hike-a-Thon participant. “My first time to participate, and I really enjoyed the motivation to be active outdoors, try new trails, play Tennessee Treasure Hunt, and raise money along with awareness.”

Proceeds from the Hike-a-Thon benefit TennGreen Land Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit and Tennessee’s oldest accredited statewide land conservancy. In 2022, TennGreen Land Conservancy protected more than 5,000 acres of forests and open spaces throughout the state. Some of these successes included expanding Fall Creek Falls State Park by more than 2,000 acres; helping partners acquire four acres adjacent to Lockeland Springs Park in east Nashville; acquiring land for the future Ducks Unlimited Park in Memphis; and purchasing key lands along the Cumberland Trail, Tennessee’s longest linear park.

This year’s Hike-a-Thon participants won exciting donated prizes ranging from an AntiX 2.0 Whitewater Kayak and free shoes from KEEN Footwear to a two-night stay at Tennessee State Parks.

TennGreen Land Conservancy is grateful for the generosity of the Hike-a-Thon’s leading sponsors: Bailey Equipment & Intralogistics, Bearded Iris Brewing, and Cumberland Kayak & Adventure Company.

“Cumberland Kayak & Adventure Company loves supporting TennGreen Land Conservancy, and the Hike-a-Thon is our favorite way to do it,” said Jordan Mueller, Marketing Associate of Cumberland Kayak & Adventure Company. “We’re outside exploring Tennessee’s beautiful rivers, waterfalls, hills, and mountains every single day, which constantly reminds us how fortunate we are that TennGreen has worked tirelessly for over 25 years to protect these amazing natural resources forever.”

To view the complete list of 2023 Hike-a-Thon winners or information about sponsoring next year’s event, visit

About TennGreen Land Conservancy

TennGreen Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit and the oldest accredited statewide land conservancy in Tennessee. TennGreen’s mission is to conserve land where people and nature can thrive. Through sound science and partnerships, TennGreen identifies and conserves land across Tennessee for wildlife corridors, critical habitat, and public benefit. TennGreen protects, cares for, and connects people with Tennessee’s natural world by providing meaningful outdoor experiences, establishing conservation easements, supporting restoration efforts, and acquiring (or assisting in the acquisition of) privately held land. Learn more at

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