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56th Brandywine Trail End-to-End Hike

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Take the challenge of hiking 36 miles in one day! The Wilmington Trail Club’s 56th annual hike of the Brandywine Trail starts at the Horseshoe Trail near Ludwig’s Corner, Pennsylvania, and ends in the Brandywine Creek State Park near Wilmington, Delaware. The trail wanders down the scenic Brandywine Creek Valley through parks, farms, pastures and woods, and along country roads. About one third of the hike is on roads, including a few miles at the start and more around Lenape. The scenic sections where the trail closely follows the creek more than compensate for this.

You can set your own pace and enjoy food and drink at the three rest stops/checkpoints after 13, 23, and 29 miles. If you are unable to complete the hike, a shuttle service is available at the checkpoints, and will return you to Brandywine Creek State Park. Our participants generally expect to reach at least the 23-mile mark, and most people finish the hike.

Please note: Although the terrain is not difficult, this is a serious long-distance hike and requires adequate preparation. Participants must be experienced hikers, comfortable with distances of at least 25 miles.

You must clear the checkpoints by the following cutoff  times:

> Downingtown 13 miles 10:30 am

> Lenape 23 miles 2:30 pm

> Twin Bridge 29 miles 4:30 pm

> BCSP 36 miles 6:30 pm  (Closing at 7 pm)

Be sure to prepare for this event with substantial warm-up hikes. Official club warm-ups will be held on March 25 and April 1 enabling you to familiarize yourself with the trail.

Organizer: Jenny Goodall (H: 302-750-3175), jennifergoodall@comcast.net
Registrar: Linda Jones (H: 302-383-1088), LLJones926@gmail.com
Meeting Place: Main parking lot in Brandywine Creek St. Park, off Adams Dam Rd.
Check in and board buses: 4:45 a.m.
Buses depart from BCSP: 5:00 a.m. sharp
Hike begins: 6:00 a.m. (rain or shine)
Cost (includes bus, food, t-shirt and trail guide): $35 Members or $45 Nonmembers
Registration deadline: March 25, 2016 NO GUARANTEE OF BUS SEAT OR T-SHIRT FOR REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE
Money refunded for cancellation prior to: 4/1/2016

IMPORTANT: Registrants younger than 18 years old must have parent/guardian’s permission and be accompanied by an adult during the hike. To register, fill out the liability release and registration form found on WTC’s web site: http://www.wilmingtontrailclub.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=howcZQ0RXDI%3d&tabid=120&mid=565 Send the entire page with your check to: Linda Jones, 303 Alders Drive, Wilmington DE 19803. To acquire extra registration forms, send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope, or email Linda for electronic copy to registrar.

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