The bi-annual 40-mile "Hike Across Maryland" takes place along the Appalachian Trail.
Northwood University Florida Associate Professor Michael Tuttle recently completed the 2013 "Hike Across Maryland."
Known as HAM, the one day 40-mile walk/run along the Appalachian Trail spans the Pennsylvania / Maryland state line and crosses Maryland to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
"The HAM event in which I participate every other year requires continuous training to be ready for the challenge of that full day of walking and running," said Tuttle, a Florida professor of Management, who is also a 1984 "through hiker" of the complete 2,100 + mile Appalachian Trail, and logs his fastest HAM time of 11 hours and 20 minutes.
The bi-annual event sponsored by the Maryland Mountain Club is limited to 110 documented experienced entrants. The mountainous trail crosses western Maryland and includes various terrain conditions. About 20 percent of the participants drop out when they do not make the six check points in time.
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