Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Make-A-Wish of East Tennessee: 2017 Trail Blaze Challenge

Jameson Miller from the Chattanooga office trecked 27 miles through mountainous terrain and inclement weather this past weekend to benefit Make-A-Wish of East Tennessee! Mauldin & Jenkins, along with other sponsors, helped raise over $120,000 total for the organization.

Jameson shared a bit of his experience:

The combination of weather and distance made the hike very mentally challenging!  We started our hike around 6 AM near the bottom of Cloudland Canyon in the cold and rainy darkness. After climbing 1,000 feet out of the Canyon the trail took us through a tour of Cloudland Canyon State Park via the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail.  It persisted to rain the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon making pictures hard to take.  I stopped by the Aid station around Mile 14 (halfway point) to take shelter from the rain and eat a quick lunch. The trail then started wandering through several different trails within the preserved and protected Lula Lake Land Trust.  The highlight of the day was hiking to the bottom of Lula Falls, about 2 miles from the end.  Overall this was a great experience and I’m so glad that firm was willing to sponsor this event!  I’m still very sore, but I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year!
About the Challenge:
Trailblaze Challenge is an endurance event on a beautiful fall day in the mountains of Georgia/Tennessee to benefit Make-A-Wish East Tennessee. Come see why Chattanooga was voted the BEST OUTDOOR CITY by Outside Magazine. The 26-mile hike course has varying terrain and some of the most stunning views throughout Georgia and Tennessee. There are numerous waterfalls along the hiking route and this weekend will be during our Fall Peak Season. Throughout the summer, we offer hike weekends to complete the challenge in one life-changing day! The trek provides participants an opportunity for adventure, fun and fitness while making a direct impact on the lives of children in our community battling life-threatening medical conditions.

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