About the Ozark Highlands Trail Event

You will hike 22 miles of the Ozark Highlands Trail, primarily in the beautiful Ozark Highlands of Arkansas, while you help raise money towards finding a cure for children's cancer, the leading cause of death by disease in children.

What's Included In My Experience?

Ultimate Hike is more than a hike - it's a weekend adventure, an achievement of a lifetime and a chance to find cures for cancer's youngest fighters.

Included in your Ultimate Hike Adventure:

  • Expert in person or virtual coaching for all experience levels. Our 12 week training program begins July 30.
  • 2 night's lodging
  • Pasta Party
  • Fully stocked aid stations with plenty of food, water and support
  • Victory Reception
  • Ultimate Hike swag bag with T-shirt
  • Awards Breakfast
  • Transportation to and from the trail
  • Lifelong memories and the opportunity to tell children's cancer to take a hike!

Your Fundraising Goal

Each Ultimate Hiker raises a minimum of $2,500 for lifesaving children's cancer research. Never fundraised before? Don't worry! We provide the tools and personal support you need to reach your goals. There is a $100 registration fee to get started (which counts towards your fundraising goal!) and then hikers have until September 7 to try out the training and fundraising before committing to the fundraising requirement. Hikers will then have until November 19 to reach their minimum fundraising commitment, but most hikers reach their fundraising goal by the end of hike weekend! It's hard to capture the weekend in words, so we recommend you check out our hike weekend video!

Your Ultimate Hike Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 14

Afternoon: Hikers check in to the hike weekend hotel in Van Buren, AR

Evening: Join us for a welcome reception and pasta party where you'll learn about safety, research you're helping to fund, and meet your fellow hikers.

Saturday, October 15

Early morning: Grab breakfast at the hotel, then hop in CureSearch vans for your ride to the hike. You'll take off long before the sun rises!

Post hike: Join us for a casual victory reception with new friends and your training group. Bring your own beverage and, we’ll provide supper and dessert. Stay for hours with your new friends, or grab and crash if you're tired.

Sunday, October 16

Awards breakfast: Celebrate your ultimate accomplishment, share some laughs, and thank those who helped you along the way. Then, head for home.


How Do I Get Started?


hike steps

Step 1:
Learn More

Attend an information session to learn more about the program before you register or visit our FAQ page now.

Step 2:
Register

At registration, each hiker is provided their own online fundraising and training portal with everything you need for hiking and fundraising success.

Step 3:
Fundraise and Train

Every Ultimate Hiker commits to raise funds for children’s cancer research and train for their event. A fully equipped support team will be with you every step of the way!

Step 4:
Hike

Ultimate Hike is more than a hike - it's a weekend adventure, an achievement of a lifetime, and a chance to find cures for cancer's youngest fighters.


CureSearch for Childrens Cancer

PO Box 45781, Baltimore, MD 21297-5781
ultimatehike@curesearch.org | (800) 458-6223