This year will mark the fifth Annual 911 Memorial Mt. Grant Challenge. As the day of the event approaches committee members and volunteers are working out the details of quite a few enhancements to this year’s event.

This year a “half” Challenge will be offered for those who prefer not to tackle the full 17-mile hike on Saturday, Sept. 12. Those who enter the “half” Challenge will be transported to a designated starting line where they will tackle 911 miles of the route and ascend to the top. Participants of the “half” Challenge will also receive a finisher’s coin, t-shirt and support and encouragement along the way. This route includes numerous switchbacks and elevation climbs and offers those great “views” that bring entrants to the event each year.

Mineral County students will again be asked to participate in this year’s event and they will be looking for “pledges” and sponsorships as part of their “Challenge.” Donors will be asked to sponsor students with a one-time contribution or a “per-mile” pledge. Kyle Isom will be coordinating this “hike-a-thon” as part of the challenge.

As Friday falls on 911 a Main Street parade is being slated to include flag raising and a memorial service at the Veteran’s Park. Proceeds from this event are earmarked for the Veteran’s Memorial Park and help defray the cost of maintaining the big American Flag that welcomes everyone at the entrance of the community. In addition to a 911 Remembrance, registrants will be able to pick up their packets and enjoy refreshments and entertainment on Friday evening.

A special evening with Jesse Ferrell, published author, thought leader and internationally recognized inspirational speaker is being planned for Thursday evening. Jesse will share his blessings of growing up in small town Hawthorne with the steps in enrolling into a global community and becoming a global player carrying that Mineral County spirit from the Dominican Republic to South Africa and many foreign lands in between. This special event (with more details to be released soon) is being called ‘A Night of Inspiration’ – Overcoming Life’s Challenges.

For those who would like to participate, volunteer or assist in some way there are plenty of opportunities. Kirk Bausmann is heading up the volunteer forces and Kathy Trujillo will be coordinating the parade. If you have questions regarding this event you can send an email to Registration details can be accessed through the website at or