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The Hike-a-Thon along the Ice Age Trail is set for Saturday, June 1. Both of the featured hikes, 5 and 20 miles, will end at Badger Prairie County Park.

The Dane County chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will celebrate National Trails Day with a pair of hikes on the Verona area portion of the trail.

On Saturday, June 1, participants in the eighth annual “Hike-a-Thon” will start either a 5- or 20-mile hike by gathering at Badger Prairie County Park, 4654 Maple Grove Dr. From there, participants in the 5-mile hike will be bused to Prairie Moraine County Park, and those doing the 20-mile will be driving to Brooklyn State Wildlife Area.

The 20-mile hike group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Shelter No. 1, and the 5-mile group will begin at 12:30 p.m. The groups are both expected to finish the hike around 3:30 p.m. that day, with a celebration with refreshments held immediately afterward at Badger Prairie County Park.

A pledge of at least $40 to the Ice Age Trail Alliance is required for participation. The funds raised are used to “build, maintain and protect” the trail, the Alliance’s website states. More than $30,000 has been raised for the Alliance during the last seven years of the event.

Dogs are not allowed during the Hike-a-Thon.

For more information, visit iceagetrail.org and visit the “Calendar” tab.

Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.