Mountaineers President runs John Muir Trail for Youth Programs
It's your last chance to support Gavin Woody's ultra-run on the JMT for our youth programs!
On Sept. 3rd, Gavin Woody, President of The Mountaineers Board of Directors, set out to run the entire John Muir Trail (JMT) in California - all 221 miles of it - by himself carrying all his equipment, food, and water. After three and half days, 160 miles and 31,000 total feet of climbing on just two and a half hours sleep, he decided to call it quits.
A glutton for personal challenge - West Point grad, retired Army Ranger, combat veteran, Ironman triathlete, and ultra-marathoner - Gavin’s attempt to run the JMT was his toughest epic to-date. He lists the following reasons for attempting a feat that seems unfathomable to most: “I fell in love with mountains as a 12 year-old doing a 50 mile, week-long backpacking trip with my Boy Scout troop where we summited Mount Whitney on the final day;” he first fell in love with his wife, Sara, backpacking to Whitney; and as a way to raise funds to support The Mountaineers Youth Programs.
“I've never quit anything before so this is a new experience I'm still grappling with. But I do know it has made me hungrier than ever to complete this trail AND to dream up even bigger adventures… While I am disappointed I didn't make it the full 221 miles, I learned a lot out there and pushed myself harder than I ever have before,” states Gavin.He may not have quite reached his goal of completing the trail; but, he reached his goal to raise $5,000 for Youth Programs. Total contributions, including matching gifts, equals $5,280. To show your support for Gavin’s extraordinary effort and The Mountaineers Youth Programs, please donate here.
Gavin sends this message to his supporters, “I can't thank you enough for your donation. These funds will go a long way towards supporting the amazing Youth Programs The Mountaineers have developed. I was blown away by the beauty and sheer ‘wildness’ of the JMT--the massive mountains, deep blue alpine lakes, huge trees, and colorful wildflowers. We have to protect the wild places on our planet and getting the next generation outside to appreciate nature is the best way to ensure they feel compelled to protect it!”