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500 Mall Walkers Have Logged 8,176 Miles “Walking The Long Trail At Berlin Mall”

Mar 31, 2017, Posted by Ethan Mcgowan in News, News, Press Release

BERLIN, VT – March 28, 2017

From January 14-April 22, 2017, Walk the Long Trail at Berlin Mall taps into Vermonters’ love for the outdoors, and offers a fun, healthy, and educational experience. By walking 544 laps in the mall’s heated, enclosed common area, participants can walk the equivalent of the Long Trail’s 272 miles. Photos, graphics, and other media provide the sense of being immersed in the Trail and its surroundings. Participants’ walking distances are recorded as they achieve milestones along the way, and the mall owner (Heidenberg Properties Group) is donating funds to presenting partner, the Green Mountain Club, based on the number of miles people walk. As of March 23, 500 registered mall walkers have raised $3,125 for the Green Mountain Club, official stewards of The Long Trail.

In conjunction with the Walk The Long Trail event, until April 1 Berlin Mall is also home to the Vermont Art Teachers Association’s (VATA) Youth Art Exhibit, “Wild Things In The Woods,” featuring artwork from pre-K students through high school seniors throughout Vermont. As part of this imaginative exhibit, VATA is offering free Saturday workshops and special programs at Berlin Mall, for students and families.

Walk The Long Trail At Berlin Mall concludes with a community party at the mall on Earth Day—Saturday, April 22nd—featuring food, drink, and a celebration of walkers’ accomplishments and our treasured Long Trail.

To arrange a site visit of Walk The Long Trail At Berlin Mall, the Wild Things In The Woods Youth Art Exhibit, and interviews with some of our remarkable mall walkers, please contact Michael Rushman at mrushman@pivot.net.