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Nation's Premier Hiking Event Comes to Mount Washington

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NHMay 24, 2012On July 20-21, hikers from all across the country will convene on Mount Washington, New Hampshire for the 12th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon, the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory. A record-breaking crowd of more than 500 hikers are expected to make a bid for the 6,288-foot summit, vying for views, bragging rights, and an unprecedented lineup of prizes and fundraising incentives.

“You won’t find a more rewarding event than Seek the Peak,” says Observatory Membership & Events Coordinator Abby Blackburn. “Participants receive an Eastern Mountain Sports Techwick event tee, an Eastern Mountain Sports day pack loaded with freebies, and entry into drawings for thousands of dollars in prizes. And this year, we’ve also added guaranteed fundraising incentives based on how much you raise.”

The incentives, which include headlamps, jackets, tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks, are awarded in addition to the prizes.

“We’re giving away a yurt trip, hundreds of dollars in gift certificates, a rally school experience, and a one-year lease on a Subaru Outback,” says Blackburn. “Not to mention a ton of outdoor gear and equipment.”

Interested hikers are encouraged to register now, to give themselves time to meet the event’s $200 fundraising minimum and start working towards the incentives.

“As a nonprofit, member-supported institution, we rely on charitable gifts to fund our operations,” says Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley. “So we are proud to reward our participants with these incredible giveaways.”

“The more money you raise, the more you get,” adds Blackburn. “People who work hard will leave with an entire new camping setup.”

Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports and Subaru, with support from Fairpoint Communications, HEB Engineers, and MVP Health Care, Seek the Peak is open to hikers of all ages and abilities, and registration is free. There is no timed start, and participants may ascend the peak via the trail of their choice. “It’s all about getting outside to enjoy this wonderful mountain we call home,” says Henley.

For more information and to register, volunteer, or become an event sponsor, visit SeekthePeak.org, or call (800) 706-0432, x230.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

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