Event Information

Program Dates:
• Recruitment: June 2022
• Training: July-October
• Hike Weekend: 1.0 October 1st, 2.0 October 15th, 3.0 November 5th

Event Location: The Foothills Trail
Length of Hike: 28.3 miles
Registration Fees: A $100 personal donation is requested at time of registration and will be credited toward your overall fundraising goal.

Event Schedule: 

  • Friday Night - Pasta Party
  • Saturday - Hike Day 
  • Sunday - Victory Breakfast

About The Trail

The Foothills Trail is a beautiful 77-mile trail linking Oconee and Table Rock State Parks. Read more about the Foothills Trail.

About the Trailblaze Challenge

The Trailblaze Challenge is a 28.3-mile hike where participants can tackle the terrain of the Foothills Trail - all in one amazing day! This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts.

By supporting the Trailblaze Challenge, you will help Make-A-Wish South Carolina grant more than 135 wishes this year.

THE CHALLENGE – 28.3 miles along the Foothills Trail in one day - 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 critical illnesses. This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all fitness levels, from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts.

THE PROGRAM – From June through October, our program will prepare you for your journey in both training and fundraising. You'll receive a personal training schedule, have the opportunity to participate in weekly training hikes and receive instruction on footwear and hiking gear from seasoned professionals. Make-A-Wish 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 critical illnesses. 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.

How Do I Get Started?

To begin this life-changing journey with the 1.0 hike, first-time participants will need to attend an information meeting or have a SC Trailblaze Challenge alum be their informational sponsor. The meetings are designed to inform you about the mission of Make-A-Wish and describe in-detail the weekend-long hike event. 

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