In 1961, Keystone Trails Association instituted an annual Hiking Awards Program to recognize those hikers whose enjoyment of Pennsylvania’s trails might serve as an example and inspiration to their peers. Over the years, hundreds of individuals have demonstrated their dedication to hiking and, in no small part, to preservation of trails by applying for and receiving the various KTA awards. Congratulations to the following 2017 hiking award recipients:
Trail Care Award - for attending five or more trail care events during the season. Recipients receive an orange 'Trail Crew' t-shirt.
100-Mile Trail Challenge – for hiking at least 100 miles and raising at least 1 dollar per mile to benefit Pennsylvania’s Trails.
Colleen Hegland – Hiked 115.4 miles, raised $200
Careen Shafer – Hiked 721 miles, raised $265
Gust Diamantoni – Hiked 112.99 miles, raised $300
Morgan Aldridge – Hiked 112.99 miles, raised $300
Donna Stolz – Hiked 114.05 miles, raised $114.05
Julie Santee – Hiked 102 miles, raised $102
Denise Bogert – Hiked 228 miles, raised $135
Scot Bogert – Hiked 561 miles, raised $115
Susan Henderson-Utis – Hiked 143.06 miles, raised $100
John Cosenza – Hiked 100.9 miles, raised $200
Ron Schwartz - Raised $550
Appalachian Trail Award - for hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.
Young Hiker Award – For youth aged 12 and under who have hiked 25 or more miles on any trail in Pennsylvania.
Gust Diamontoni – age 11, for 101.49 miles in 2015 and 104.19 miles in 2017
Morgan Aldridge – age 10, for 101.49 miles in 2015 and 104.19 miles in 2017
Quinn Oxenreider – age 7, hiked 34.9 miles
Molly Oxenreider – age 6, hiked 37.6 miles
Merit Award – for hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania plus 200 or more miles on Pennsylvania’s other trails.
Merit II Award – for hiking the entire Appalachian Trail between the Hudson and Potomac Rivers and 200 miles on Pennsylvania’s other trails in addition to those used for the Merit Award.
Pennsylvania Award – for hiking 500 miles in Pennsylvania.
State Forest Trails Award – for hiking all 798 miles of trails in PA’s state forest system.
Western Pennsylvania Award – for hiking 200 miles on any of the trails in western PA.
Volunteer of the Year Award – Presented by Ed Lawrence, Trail Care Chair
Citation Award for Lifetime Achievement – Presented by Paul Shaw, President