Trailblaze Challenge is more than a hike. It is more than a fundraiser. Trailblaze Challenge is a life-changing endurance experience that mimics the journey Michigan wish kids go through, and ultimately helps Make-A-Wish® grant more than 450 life-changing wishes to Michigan kids.
THE CHALLENGE - 21 miles of the Manistee River Trail/North Country Trail Loop - This scenic 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. This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all fitness levels, from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts.
THE PROGRAM - For 14 weeks, you will train with and work alongside Make-A-Wish Michigan staff and experienced hike leaders to prepare you for your journey in both training and fundraising. You'll receive a personal training schedule, have the opportunity to participate in bi-weekly training hikes and receive instruction on footwear and hiking gear from seasoned professionals. Make-A-Wish Michigan will make sure that you have every tool available to make you successful on and off the trail!
THE MANTRA - "It's not a race. It's a journey." In this program, there are no winners or losers. Our goal is to bring people together to build community around families who are faced with the harsh realities of life-threatening medical conditions and Make-A-Wish Michigan. When you take your first step on your journey as a Trailblazer, you are paving the way for a brighter tomorrow for children right here in your community.
Are you ready to accept the Trailblaze Challenge?
To begin your journey, you'll need to RSVP for an information meeting. These meetings are designed to give you a detailed glimpse of Make-A-Wish Michigan, an opportunity to meet hike leaders and ask questions, and find out everything you need to know about the program leading up to hike weekend.