Our Stories


2023 Volunteer Awards: Outreach

Ruth Dorrough Ruth has a long history of serving the NCTA and promoting the NCNST. In 2016, she and her husband Dan completed hiking the entirety of the NCNST, spreading word along the way about the Trail and its volunteers. She was an NCTA Board Member and served as Board President. For the past five […]

2023 Volunteer Awards: Communicator

Andrew Kovatch At his day job in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Andrew provides digital advertising solutions for local, regional, and national brands. He combines this skill and knowledge with his enthusiasm for the NCNST and his trail community by dedicating his personal time to the NCTA Marketing Committee. In 2023, he generously (and voluntarily) managed the […]

Beau Swanson: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Beau Swanson Central patch + Michigan, Mackinac Bridge, and 1000 Miles Three years ago I found myself overweight, unhappy, and just starting my road of sobriety. (I’m three years clean now.) I wanted more out of life and was looking for purpose, something bigger than myself. I was already starting to walk daily and got […]