ACC Ottawa Annual Dinner – Saturday January 23

You are invited to attend the ACC Ottawa Annual Dinner with Guest Speakers Anda Bruinsma and Arlene Gregoire. It’s an evening with good friends, great food and opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. After dinner, our guest speakers, Anda and Arlene, will tell us about their fantastic adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail – end to end.McAfee Knob - Appalachian Trail (Something Original) - Annual Dinner Announcement

1 Trail … 2 Women … 5 Months … 14 States … 3,540 km

Starting in Springer, Georgia – on March 8 2015 – Anda and Arlene took their first step on the Appalachian Trail. Some 5 million steps later – on August 7 – they reached the end of the trail on Mount Katahdin, Maine. The Trail is a long and grueling adventure; only 20 per cent of those who start the hike in Georgia actually make it to the end in Maine. The total elevation gain hiking the entire Trail is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest 16 times! “It’s not something that’s going to be over fast. It was full of highs and lows. It was eat, walk, eat, walk, sleep … we were walking every day, weeks at a time.” says Anda.

Anda and Arlene will tell us about their adventures on the Appalachian Trail – what motivated them to undertake this challenge; how they prepared; how they persevered though the weather and the terrain; the beauty of the trail; some of the thru-hikers they encountered on the trail; and the ‘trail magic’ they experienced.

Anda and Arlene were motivated by another important goal: to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and their walk was a fund-raiser. To date, they have raised nearly $30,000. ACC Ottawa will be making a donation to the Alzheimer Society on behalf of Anda and Arlene.

Cost: $37.50 for ACC Members; $42.50 for Non-Members

When: Saturday January 23 @ 6:00pm

Where: Algonquin College International Restaurant – 1385 Woodroofe Ave, Building H101

Pre-Registration and Payment Required. Click here to register or for more information

Any Questions: E-mail ACC Ottawa Social Committee

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