Hike, Bike, Explore, and Support the National Aviary’s Second Annual Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan

The National Aviary today announced the second annual National Aviary Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan. Registration is now open for the event, which runs throughout the month of September. Participants can log their miles as they hike, bike, and explore wherever they are, anywhere in the world. While exploring, they can engage their friends and family to raise funds in support of the National Aviary’s work to save birds and protect their habitats. Registration is now open at aviary.org.

Participants from around the country logged more than 3,400 miles in the first year of the National Aviary’s Hike-A-Thon in 2021. This year’s event uses a new, intuitive web-based platform that makes registering, logging miles, sharing stories, and gathering donations seamless and fun for participants. A registration fee of $40 supports the National Aviary and provides participants with a limited edition National Aviary Hike-A-Thon t-shirt, plus other goodies in a packet conveniently mailed to them before the event begins in September. A free registration option, which does not include a t-shirt or packet, is also available.

Once registered, hikers can create their own personal fundraising page to tell the story of what inspires them to support the National Aviary and encourage their friends and family to back their month-long efforts to hike, bike, and explore with donations, and participants can track their mileage online or with a printed activity log. The option to create a team engages others in this exciting event and encourages friendly competition. With each mile logged and every dollar raised, participants will be entered to win exclusive prizes.

Funds raised through the National Aviary Hike-A-Thon support the Aviary’s care for its flock of more than 500 birds and mammals and its international conservation work.

UPMC Health Plan is the presenting sponsor for the National Aviary Hike-A-Thon. Diamond sponsors include Allegheny County Airport Authority and TribLIVE; platinum sponsors include Lamar and Peoples; gold sponsors include Eaton, Excel Sportswear, Federated Hermes, GreenhouseRSI.com, HBK CPAs & Consultants, Hefren-Tillotson, Kauer Consulting, Koppers, and Rivers Casino; and bronze sponsors include Corners Limited, DICK’S Sporting Goods, and Maher Duessel.




About the National Aviary

The one and only National Aviary celebrates 70 years of saving birds and protecting habitats in 2022. Located on Pittsburgh’s historic Northside since its founding in 1952, the National Aviary is home to 500 birds representing more than 150 diverse species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through habitats create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily except for Tuesdays. For tickets and more information visit aviary.org.


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