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GORE-TEX Kahtoola Uphill Event Smashes Records to Raise Over $75,000 for Environmental Education

Catherine Donovan

Terra PR

Flagstaff, Ariz. (March 9, 2023) – Kahtoola is excited to announce that their 16th annual GORE-TEX Kahtoola Uphill event in February 2023 raised a new record amount, over $75,000, for environmental education programs at Friends of Camp Colton. The 2023 event broke several records, for fundraising and participation, with nearly 400 racers racing up the mountainous slopes of the Arizona Snowbowl.

"The GORE-TEX Kahtoola Uphill brings people of all ages together for an evening of fun and adventure,” said Ari Wilder, Executive Director of Friends of Camp Colton. “All of the proceeds from this much-loved race support Camp Colton outdoor programs for kids. Over the years, this race has made the Camp experience possible for thousands of local kids. The Kahtoola Uphill and Camp Colton make our mountain town special and we appreciate being part of a community that embraces challenges and learning in nature.”

In addition to raising funds for Friends of Camp Colton, participants in the race are also eligible to win dozens of raffle prizes from pinnacle outdoor brands and local companies.

“We are thrilled that the 16th annual Uphill was our most successful event to-date,” said Danny Giovale, Founder and Owner of Kahtoola. “We so are proud and incredibly grateful for all the sponsors and volunteers that have helped build this event into such an impactful experience for Kahtoola and Friends of Camp Colton.”

2023 event sponsors included GORE-TEX, W. L. Gore & Associates, Lumberyard Brewing Co., and the Arizona Snowbowl.

Since its inception, the GORE-TEX Kahtoola Uphill event has raised almost $600,000 to help educate the next generation of environmental stewards. For more information on Friends of Camp Colton, please contact Ari Wilder at ari@friendsofcampcolton.org or call 928-864-8129.

About Kahtoola:
Since 1999, Kahtoola has been creating reliable gear that makes the outdoors more accessible and rewarding. Kahtoola’s gaiters, hiking crampons, and flexible footwear traction systems, including MICROspikes®, EXOspikes™ and NANOspikes®, are built to improve safety and performance in wintry locales around the globe. Every product is thoughtfully designed and vigorously tested at the brand’s Flagstaff, AZ headquarters high on the Colorado Plateau. Owned and operated by founder Danny Giovale, Kahtoola proudly grants 1% of annual sales to fund projects that support indigenous cultures and improve communities, healthcare, education, resources and the environment. For more information, please visit Kahtoola.com.

About Friends of Camp Colton
For over 21 years, Friends of Camp Colton has cultivated exceptional outdoor learning experiences that instill the value of preserving the natural world and inspire growth and discovery. By enriching the student experience at Camp Colton, an outdoors learning and discovery center for Northern Arizona youth, Friends supports adventure, discovery, personal growth, and environmental education. Through program innovation, hosting events and building community partnerships, Friends raises funds so all kids — regardless of income or circumstance — can have an uplifting and rewarding connection with nature and with each other. Working with the Flagstaff Unified School District, Friends of Camp Colton is committed to preserving this community tradition for generations to come.

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