The annual 9/11 Memorial Mt. Grant Challenge is slated for Sept. 14.
The event is not time, though the hikers who make it to the top of the 11,239 foot summit of Mt. Grant have bragging rights on surviving the trek to the top.
The full 17-mile, 6,829 foot ascent from Walker Lake to the mountain’s peak begins at 7 a.m. Those hikers choosing to do the half-challenge will board bans at 6:30 a.m. The half-trek allows hikers to tackle 9.11 miles of the route.
All participants will receive a finisher’s coin, t-shirt and support along the route.
On Friday night, a Main Street parade is slated with the traditional carrying of the “Big Flag” down to Veteran’s Memorial Park where registration, flag ceremony, entertainment and a free spaghetti dinner will be served.
On Sunday morning, tired hikers as well as Mineral County residents are invited to an “all you can eat” breakfast served by Hawthorne Elks Lodge 1704.
The history of the Mt. Grant Challenge is to honor the brave men and women who died on the fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked America. On that day, Mt. Grant was closed down to the public when security measures were tightened.
The mountain, property of the U.S. Army belong to the Hawthorne Army Depot and was used to train U.S. and foreign troop due to the high desert terrain being similar to that found in Iraq and Afghanistan.