The popularity of the “Vertical Mile Challenge” at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area has grown so much during the past few months, with more than 500 participants. To celebrate, Rocky Face Park and Alexander County are planning a Vertical Mile Challenge Day on Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Everyone who has participated in the VMC, and those who would like to start, are invited to attend this celebration. Of course, there will be hiking, but there will also be a scavenger hunt with prizes, group photos, a free hot dog lunch, and more. Keep hiking the trails, and as always, when posting your photos to social media, use the hashtags #VMC, #VerticalMileChallenge, and #RockyFacePark. For more information about the Vertical Mile Challenge, visit www.rockyfacepark.com/the-vertical-mile-challenge or call (828) 632-1093.