HARC Challenge Hike – thanks for your support!

Published May 22, 2018

Ginger, Kathy, Ed, and Tami start back up after lunch

Saturday, May 19, a small group of hikers – Rev. Ed Poling, Kathy Powderly, Ginger Dadds, and Tami Hook – braved the rain and flooding mountain to hike the full 28 miles of the Catoctin Trail as a fundraiser for HARC and Micah’s Backpack. Conditions were worse than anticipated, due to the rain continuing overnight Friday and into Saturday morning after nearly a week of steady rain.  Water covered at least a quarter of the trail as creeks and streams overflowed and new trails of water coming down from the mountain were formed.  The creeks themselves were running high; hikers had to go into one creek nearly to the top of their legs to cross it to the other side.

Despite the rain and flooding conditions, there was much beauty to be found along the trail and hikers kept their spirits up with song, conversation, and brief stops to enjoy wonders of nature.  Kyle Powderly provided trail support with the use of the MS Johnston van, bringing refreshments of water, Gatorade, snacks and lunch to participants at various intervals along the trail.

The four dedicated hikers persisted for a full 12 hours, stopping after 24 miles (including a 2 mile detour) with the realization that if they continued they would be hiking in the dark in dangerous conditions.  The group has committed to finish the final 6 miles on another day.

To end their day, hikers were treated to a nice picnic dinner back at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren.  We appreciate the support of Rev. Rachel Black, who graciously welcomed the group at the church, as well as Bill Pike, HARC Board Member, who prepared the food.  Volunteers Chris Olyniec and Carla Charles also helped with food preparations.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and sponsorship support!  All hikers made it back safely with no injuries and this portion of the HARC Hike will raise more than $4,500 for HARC and Micah’s Backpack, combining with proceeds from the main HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope on June 9 for an overall goal of $12,000.

It’s not too late to sponsor one of the hikers from the HARC Challenge Hike!  Visit http://harccoalition.org/donate/ to make a donation; please note it’s for the hike.  Also, there is still time to sign up for the 4K, 10K, or half marathon hike/run on the C&O Canal Towpath June 9!  More info and registration at:   http://harccoalition.org/hike/.

See more pictures from the HARC Challenge Hike on Facebook

Ed Poling in a creek up to is knees – there was no other way to cross.

A creek has become one with the trail! Hikers make their way through the water.

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