Benefiting Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic



Mike Group

The Trailblaze Challenge is a one-day endurance event that gives participants the opportunity to challenge themselves physically, mentally and philanthropically. Participants will hike a 26.6-mile journey along the picturesque mountains in western Maryland, all while raising much needed funds to grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Whether you are a hike enthusiast or a Make-A-Wish supporter, this hike caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts. This hike is not a race and all hikers must be 18 years of age or older.

By taking on the Trailblaze Challenge, you will raise awareness and much needed funds to help Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic grant even more wishes this year. A wish come true empowers children by giving them renewed energy and strength, all while bringing families closer together and uniting communities. 

How Do I Get Started?

To begin your journey, you'll need to attend an information session. These meetings are designed to inform you about the mission of Make-A-Wish and describe in-detail about the weekend-long hike event. Click register above to RSVP for an information session.

If you have already attended an information session and would like to register, please fax or scan your registration form with a non-refundable $100 registration fee to Sara Mond at  or mail to our Bethesda office.

*  All alumni hikers will receive a waived registration fee up until June 8, 2020

* All registration fees will go toward your fundraising minimum



“I am so happy to be here.  I can speak for my team when I say that doing this for Make-A-Wish makes everything we do worth it.  Make-A-Wish is about making life better.  It’s about making big challenges into smaller challenges, making big worries into smaller worries into no worries.”

~Carl Solomon – President of Maryland & Mid-Atlantic Wilderness Rescue Squad

“As the sun came out on the trail, it made me think coming out of the darkness and into the light and that is what Make-A-Wish is all about.”

~Betsy Gorgei Wish Mom, former Board Member

"I have never been more happy to finish anything than I was that hike. The feeling of accomplishment is indescribable. Much like the feeling of helping to make a difference in the life of a child who needs encouragement to push through their own challenge. Now that I know what we got ourselves into, I look forward to doing it again."

~ Amy Foster –  Former hiker

"Around mile 20, I really started to struggle. I took a second to get out of my head and looked at the big picture. There were 29 other people out there being selfless, giving back, working to grant wishes. Nothing I endured through those 26.6 miles will ever compare to what the children and their families have to face. While this was the most physically challenge I have ever completed, it was so much more than that. My legs may be sore, but my heart is so full.”

~Elizabeth Mammolenti –  Former hiker




"I wish to go see the penguin parade at Phillip Island."


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"I wish to go on a beach getaway."



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