Kahtoola, creator of award-winning traction and performance-driven gaiters, is proud to announce that its 15th annual GORE-TEX Kahtoola Uphill event raised over $57,000 for youth environmental education programs at Friends of Camp Colton.
The annual February event, held at the Arizona Snowbowl, has become a Flagstaff tradition and this year’s race was the most successful to-date. The costume-optional race drew participants aged 3 to 73 and marked the first year back in person since 2020. This year’s event also coincides with the 50th anniversary of race’s beneficiary, Camp Colton, a legendary Northern Arizona institution. Combined proceeds from entry fees, racer fundraising, and raffle tickets raised over $57,000. All monies will enable more kids to benefit from access to the outdoors at Camp Colton.
“Every year, our mission with the Uphill is to raise as much money as humanly possible to support Friends of Camp Colton’s life-changing educational programs,” said Danny Giovale, Founder and Owner of Kahtoola. “In 2022, we saw 364 racers show up to tackle the mountain’s unforgiving slopes for a great cause. We couldn’t be more thankful for everyone that participated and to all the donors and sponsors who showed their support.”
Of the 364 racers to enter the event, 117 raced the full Lumberyard Brewing Co. Agassiz Climb (2,220 vertical ft.), 104 braved the Midway Climb (1,550 vertical ft.) and 117 took on the Fun Climb (600 vertical ft.). The field included 46 Camp Colton Alumni and 46 W.L. Gore Associates.
To-date, the GORE-TEX Kahtoola Uphill has raised over $500,000 to help kids experience life-changing times in nature. For more information on Friends of Camp Colton, please contact Ari Wilder at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-527-6142.