CDTC to Host Virtual Trail Days for Entire Month of April

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) has announced that its sixth annual Trail Days Celebration will now be held virtually via Facebook live stream, due to the initial weekend plans being thwarted by the increasing spread of COVID-19.

The CDT’s gateway communities rely heavily on tourism dollars from thru-hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, yet with the large size of elderly populations and limited medical resources in these areas, the CDTC has asked hikers to stay at home.  This means the revenue stream from this hiking season has all but ceased in the wake of COVID-19. Tune into the live-streamed events for free at the CDTC’s Facebook page.

Elsye “Chardonnay” Walker and Will “Akuna” Robinson, the first two African-Americans to complete the Triple Crown, will light the inspirational torch of this virtual celebration on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. MT. Each following Wednesday night will bring speakers such as Cindy Ross, author of The World Is Our Classroom, and Jodie Morton, who brings stories of her time on the CDT on horseback. 3000 Miles, the musical duo of thru-hikers Anna Robinson and Emalee Hill, will perform a virtual concert on Friday, April 24.

In this time of uncertainty, we must rely on each other for strength, comfort, and community. Although we cannot gather together in person to share our mutual love and passion for all things trail, we can show up for each other virtually. For more information, including a full lineup and sweepstakes entry instructions, visit the CDT’s website. For other questions, or ways to get involved, reach out to CDTC media contact Amanda Wheelock at (720) 924-1616 or [email protected]

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