Thank you for your interest and support in Justin Berk’s 4th Annual 325 Mile Trek Across Maryland to benefit the Cool Kids Campaign. Last year’s Trek was such an overwhelming success and generated such enthusiasm that we decided to do it again! Three treks have combined to raise $75,000 for Cool Kids Campaign, so thank you to everyone who donated! If you’d still like to support Justin or any of the trekkers on their journey crossing Maryland, please click the button below to donate!
We are inviting you to join in by becoming trekkers with Justin along the way. There is an option to do the entire week, single day, or put up a team that shares the burden. The hiking portion of each day is a speed walk that includes some jogging at times, mostly downhill. Justin sets the pace and Trekkers will be expected to keep up. This is NOT a walk in the park! The biking portion includes many hills and challenging roadside terrain. There are two days that are mostly cycling and total about 50 miles each. The 325 mile Trek continues rain or shine, heat or hail. Because after all, they are crossing the state with a weatherman.
We start at the summit of Wisp and end at the Inlet in Ocean City 7 days later
. The dates are Aug 13 to 19
. See the route map and stories from last year on Justin’s Trek page
Please contact Cool Kids for more information to be part of the team or sponsor this one of a kind event.
Race in or Sponsor this Trek!
Support the Cool Kids Campaign and our programs for kids with cancer by joinig the team or being a sponsor for Justin’s Trek Across Maryland! For your support you will receive:
1) Your business logo on the back of the official Trek T-shirt worn by the Trekkers every day of the Trek.
2) A Facebook shout out about your support by Justin on his Meteorology page followed by 222,000 people.
3) Your logo on the banner wrapping the Trek support vehicle that will be crossing the state of Maryland.
4) Your logo on the video production each day of the trek
5) Your logo and link to your website on Justin’s Trek page
on his website.
6) Your logo and link to your website on the Cool Kids Campaign website Trek page.
7) One Trek t-shirt (deadline dependent).
Click map for interactive daily routes. Individual day routes are at the bottom of this page.
Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!
What are the dates of this year’s Trek Across Maryland?
Sunday, August 13 to Saturday, August 19
What are the locations and lengths of each day? Subject to change
Day 1 – Sunday, August 13 – Wisp to Cumberland, 41 miles
Day 2 – Monday, August 14 – Cumberland to Hancock, 41 miles
Day 3 – Tuesday, August 15 – Hancock to Frederick, 50 miles
Day 4 – Wednesday, August 16 – Frederick to Elkridge, 52 miles – full biking day
Part 1: (Bike 30 Miles)
Part 2: (Bike 22 Miles)
Day 5 – Thursday, August 17 – Elkridge to Wye Mills, 40 miles plus 3 miles biking via boat over the bay
Part 1: (Walk 25 Miles + 3 Miles via Bay)
Part 2: (Bike 15 Miles)
Day 6 – Friday, August 18 – Wye Mills to Salisbury, 41 miles
Day 7 – Saturday, August 19 – Salisbury to Ocean City, 47 miles
Where are the proceeds from the Trek going?
All the proceeds raised from this Trek Across Maryland go to Cool Kids Campaign, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families by focusing on the academic, social and emotional needs brought on by a cancer diagnosis. Cool Kids Campaign began in 2006 to help others keep in mind that kids are cool – sick or healthy! The Cool Kids Learning Center located in Towson opened in the fall of 2011, providing tutoring, ‘Mommy & Me’ for ages 2 to 5, a Teen Club open for ages 13-19, and Team Sibs meetings for the siblings of kids with cancer. All of these programs are 100% free of charge to both current and former patients. Cool Kids Campaign also serves children nationwide through care packages, Cool Kids Connection newspaper, Cancer Fears ME Merchandise, Full Family Mentoring Program and Myrtle’s Magical Beach Vacation. In 2016, the organization’s 10 Year Anniversary, Cool Kids Campaign held its first overnight weekend camp for siblings and patients at Camp Puh’Tok in Monkton, MD. We intend to hold the camp annually. Currently, we are the only organization in Maryland that hosts an overnight camp for both siblings and patients.