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After spending many weeks closely monitoring the state health and safety guidelines and the daily updates regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in Vermont, we have come to the very tough decision to cancel the in-person event scheduled for 2/27. Although we know that many of you will be disappointed by this decision please know that we took every detail of this event into consideration and feel that the risks overshadow our ability to host an in-person event. There are many factors in making this event safe and enjoyable and due to the virus there were aspects that we could not accommodate including a pre-event gathering with a detailed description of the trail, a mid-station for participants to opt out of the second half and the after-feast. We know that this event will continue on for many years and will continue to be a premier backcountry and community fundraising event in support of the Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter. We hope that you will continue to participate in this year's first ever virtual Challenge and create your own individual event that will support our cause.

As a follow up to this email, all participants will be receiving a phone call from one of our board members within the next week to share our thought process on making this decision, answer any questions you may have and to make sure you have all the tools needed to be successful in your fundraising efforts.