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Explore the Highlands Hike-A-Thon!

Thu June 1 - Fri June 30 BOONTON, NJ 07005-1785 US


Join the New Jersey Highlands Coalition for our 2023 Explore the Highlands Hike-A-Thon! Together we will protect the stunning and ecologically vital forests, clean water, scenic viewsheds, wildlife, habitats, farms and other natural, historic and cultural resources of the New Jersey Highlands.

This event, though called a Hike-A-Thon, is your chance to get out and walk, hike, run, bike, or paddle your favorite places at your own pace for a great cause. (Don't like the outdoors? Too many bugs? Get your friends to challenge you on your Peloton!) Though "virtual," this event will be connected through the RunSignUp platform and through #ExploretheNJHighlands on Instagram.

Proceeds will support the advocacy and education programs of the Coalition. Our mission is to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water for the 6.2 million people who depend on Highlands water.

Your friends and family can support your miles hiked, biked and paddled by donating to your campaign. There will be prizes associated with various fundraising goals. Registration is $20 + Fees for adults and $10 + Fees for young people under 15. Join with your friends, family, neighbor, hiking/biking/paddling group as a team!

What you receive for signing up

  • Your registration fee and fundraising proceeds will go towards protecting the Highlands.
  • Our favorite trail recommendations for great hiking, biking, and paddling!
  • Opportunity to share your adventures via social media with other HIke-A-Thoners who share your love for the outdoors.
  • Fun prizes to be added for top fundraisers and for the participant with the most miles recorded!

Prizes and Recognition

Our Top Hike-A-Thoner (most miles recorded) and our Top Fundraiser will each win a $50 Gift Certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods. Bikers should note that for the purpose of calculating overall miles that bicycle miles will be "converted" to hiking miles with one hiking mile awarded for every four miles cycled. Our Top Hike-A-Thon Team (most miles recorded) and our Top Fundraising Team will win a pizza party. NJHC will recognize top milers and fundraisers each week on Facebook and Instagram.

Weekly Prizes: Each week the Top Hike-a-thoner and Top Fundraiser will win their choice of a New Jersey trail map donated by our friends at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Remember to log your miles each week and ask your friends and family to donate to your fundraising page.

We will announce additional prizes and incentives as they are confirmed. All prizes will be mailed/emailed on or about July 5, 2023.


Incentives Sponsor

Highlands Champion


Hike-a-thon Contact Info

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The Highlands

What are the Highlands? You may not recognize the name, but many of our favorite hiking and biking trails, paddling spots, and most precious resources (water) are kept hidden in this geographic region. We invite you to join us as we share our favorite places throughout the Highlands.


70% of New Jersians get some or all of their drinking water from the Highlands. Can you find how much water you get from the Highlands?

To learn more about the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, visit us at:

Hike-A-Thon Sponsors

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