volunteering on trails

Over three million people hike along the iconic Appalachian Trail each year. The 2,191-mile footpath is maintained almost entirely by volunteers. While the National Park Service officially oversees the A.T., resources to maintain the trail have long been insufficient. The Park Service counts just 10 full-time employees dedicated to its management. Enter the Appalachian Trail…

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Smoky Mountain Relay

Teams tackle the Smoky Mountain Relay with costumes, water balloons, breast pumps, and 80s music. John Mitchell, a 34-year-old from Hendersonville, N.C., has been running on Western North Carolina’s roads and trails for a couple of decades. But that experience didn’t prepare him for running the Smoky Mountain Relay for the first time in 2015.…

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