Thank you for your support of the 10th Annual HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope! This 2022 event raised more than $25,000 for HARC and Micah’s Backpack – our best year ever! Mark your calendars for next year’s HARC Hike:
Main Hike: Saturday, June 10, 2023
Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Retreat Center
and C&O Canal Towpath
Challenge Hike: Saturday, May 20, 2023
20 miles on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland
More information to come! Here’s the 2022 hike info:
Main Hike June 4
- Choose from 4K, 10K and half marathon hike distances
- $10 Early-bird discount and guaranteed t-shirt if you register by May 13!
- Enjoy Snacks & Drink stops along the way
- All hikes conclude at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Retreat Center
- Post-hike catered lunch and celebration for all hikers at Shepherd’s Spring
- Nature scavenger hunt for the kids! (or fun-loving adults)
- Prizes for top individual fundraiser and top fundraising team
- Prize drawing for ANYONE who does fundraising
- We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of HARC Hike AND the 10th anniversary of HARC’s leadership in Micah’s Backpack.
Half Marathon (13 miles) – 7:00 am check-in time. Individuals $60; Families $105
10K (6.3 miles) – 8:00 am and 8:45 am check-in options. Individuals $50; Families $85
4K (2.5 miles) – 9:30 and 10:15 am check-in options. Individuals $40; Families $65
Check-in location for all hikers: Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Retreat Center, 16869 Taylors Landing Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Please note that registrations are welcome up through Hike day, but t-shirts in your size are not guaranteed after May 13.
- HARC Hike bulletin insert 2022
- Sponsorship form
- Individual Fundraising Collection Sheet (or use our online fundraising tool, set up automatically when you register online!)
- HARC Hike info & Instructions – coming soon
HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope is a non-competitive fundraising event open to all ages. This fully supported hike on the beautiful C&O Canal towpath features 4 K (2.5 miles), 10 K (6.2 miles), and half marathon (13.1 miles) hikes, to include everyone from casual to serious hikers and runners. Participants can look forward to scenic water views, water & Gatorade refills along the way. All hikes will be along the C&O Canal in Maryland and will end at the beautiful Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center and our “Celebration” pavilion, where participants can relax and enjoy a delicious lunch and fellowship.
The Hike for Hunger & Hope is HARC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will benefit all HARC programs with a significant portion going directly to Micah’s Backpack. Micah’s Backpack is a collaborative effort between 50 churches and organizations in Washington County, serving more than 1,000 children with weekend meals.
Let’s raise some funds for the cause! We encourage, but do not require, individual and team fundraising. You can use our Individual Fundraising Collection Sheet (above) or use the handy online donation page that can be automatically set up when you register. We will have prizes for the top individual fundraiser and the top fundraising team. Also, ANYONE who does fundraising will be entered into a drawing to win a prize.
Visiting Washington County for the day or weekend? Check out things to do and places to stay on the Visit Hagerstown website:
Can’t make the date? Not comfortable gathering with other people outdoors? You can still help by joining us — virtually! The optional HARC Hike Virtual Event option will go from Saturday, May 28 through Saturday, June 4. Participants can hike anytime between those dates (or really any date leading up to the event), any time of day that’s convenient, anywhere that safe social distancing can be maintained.
HARC 20-mile Challenge Hike – June 11
Are you a serious hiker or want a serious challenge? Join us for the annual HARC Challenge Hike on Saturday, June 11, 2022. A small group of hardy souls will be hiking the Appalachian Trail from Pen Mar Park to Washington Monument State Park, Maryland – a total of 20 mountainous miles. This is a one-way hike with transportation back to Pen Mar Park. We’ll have support along the way with water and Gatorade refills and snacks, and a good lunch. Enjoy camaraderie and encouragement on the trail as our group is led by Rev. Ed Poling. Registration cost is only $50 if you raise $200 in donations OR bypass fundraising and donate $250 at time of registration.
Registrations are welcome up through June 3, but special Challenge Hike t-shirts are not guaranteed after May 13.
I want to help, but don’t want to hike
If you don’t want to hike, but want to support the cause, we welcome your donation. Use one of the donation links below or you can mail your check to: HARC, P.O. Box 1158, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-1158. Please write “HARC Hike” in the note section and indicate if you are pledging to support a specific hiker. Any amount will help. Thank you!
If you have any questions, please contact the HARC office at 301-842-4272 or email@example.com or our Hike Director, Ed Poling at 301-766-9005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.