Nine Days, 109 Miles: The 2012 Big ‘O’ Hike Starts Nov. 17

It's a Thanksgiving tradition for many hikers to head south to Lake Okeechobee for the annual Big "O" Hike.

While a lot of people are probably getting their most comfy pants ready (those ones with the stretchy elastic) for a marathon food fest, these guys and gals are packing for a long 109-mile walk. Besides the benefits of spending nine days on the trail with friends and family, you can eat a whole Thanksgiving turkey if you want and not feel guilty about it. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

For those who can't commit to hiking the full nine days, don't worry. You can hike one day, two, or as many as you like. On the first day, Big 'O' hikers can do just a 3.5-mile 'wimp walk' or hike the full 12 miles from Pahokee to Port Mayaca. 

The age range for Big 'O' Hikers ranges from 9 to 92 years old. Yep, this is definitely a hike for everyone, so don't miss out. For more information, contact Paul Cummings at or (561) 963-9906.

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