Mike Fagan on Feb. 5, the day he began the Appalachian Trail. He will be in Daleville on March 20.

DALEVILLE _ Arizona hiker Mike Fagan will take a short break from hiking the Appalachian Trail next week to spend some time with AARP Virginia volunteers and guests.

 

Fagan, 71, started the trail in Georgia on February 5, and is expected to reach southwest Virginia on March 20.  But when Fagan ends his hike in Maine, he’s not stopping.  He intends to achieve the “Triple Crown” by also completing the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail – a feat fewer than 400 people have achieved.  The American Long Distance Hiking Association-West has recognized a total of 396 Triple Crown Awards as of the end of 2018.

 

If Fagan is successful, he will reportedly be the sixth person to ever hike all three trails in ONE YEAR!  When finished, he will have walked 7,700 miles across 22 states – and experienced one million feet of elevation gain. He hopes to finish the Appalachian Trail in Maine by the end of April, then begin the Pacific Crest Trail, and tackle the Continental Divide Trail in late summer.

 

AARP Virginia is sponsoring a “meet and greet” with Fagan from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at Three Li’l Pigs Barbecue, 120 Kingston Dr., Daleville, VA 24083. AARP will provide appetizers for the event, while entrees and beverages will be available for purchase at the restaurant.

 

Fagan will give a 25-minute presentation on “Aging with Purpose” and will take questions from attendees.

 

An avid hiker and fitness guru, Fagan owns a health food store in Billings, Montana, and focuses on health and wellness education as the host of a radio show.  He lives in Clarkdale, Arizona, and his hike is sponsored in part by AARP Arizona. Track Fagan’s progress and learn more about him and disrupting aging at the Golden Canyon Heart and Home website.

 

With more than 1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ and their families in the Commonwealth.

 

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