6th Annual HARC Hike
Saturday, September 8, 2018

4K, 10K, and half marathon hikes

Or make a donation/support a participant

Online registration is open through Friday, September 7
(same day registrations are allowed in-person)
Early bird discount and guaranteed t-shirts deadline is August 19

Event details

  • Date:  Saturday, June 9, 2018  Saturday, September 8
  • Location:  C&O Canal
  • Distances:  4K (2.5 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), or half marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Check-in times:  7 a.m. (half marathon), 9 am (10K), 10:30 am (4K)
  • Check-in location:  Shepherd Springs Retreat Center, 16869 Taylors Landing Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782
  • Start points on C&O:  Taylor’s Landing (5K), Snyder’s Landing (10K), Antietam Aqueduct (half marathon)
  • Photo scavenger hunt and nature scavenger hunt (new this year!)
  • Celebration for all hikers at Shepherd Springs following the hike

Have some fun!

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 (13.2 miles) hikes, to include everyone from casual to serious hikers. You can look forward to snacks, water & Gatorade refills along the way.  All hikes will be along the C&O Canal in Maryland and will end at the beautiful Shepherd Springs Retreat Center with a very short hike through the woods.  All hikes will end at our “Celebration” pavilion where participants  can relax and enjoy a delicious lunch and friendships.

Special rates for youth teams of five or more that commit to fundraising at least $100 as a team.

This year’s hike will include a “photo scavenger hunt” with contest and prizes for youth teams and a nature scavenger hunt for younger children to give them a fun activity while enjoying the outdoors.  More info coming soon.


Register online or contact us for a paper registration form.  You may register as an individual, as a family, or as part of a youth team.  We encourage you to invite your friends or congregation members to join you.  This is a great activity for youth or church groups!  Or make some new friends on the trail.  All hike groups are fully supported with “sweepers” to ensure everyone makes it back safely.  Register before May 20 to take advantage of our reduced pricing and guarantee your t-shirt.  Registration closes on Friday, June 8. 

Raise Funds!

You are not required to raise funds, but your fundraising is greatly appreciated!  Set a goal to raise a minimum of $200. Ask friends and family to support you.  Raise as much as you can — every dollar counts!  Proceeds will benefit HARC (whose initiatives include Micah’s Backpack, early childhood education and well-being programs, work to foster peace and wholeness, and more); and Micah’s Backpack (a program to feed hungry children on the weekends).  Collect pledges/donations from friends and family using our Hiker Sponsor Form.

Corporate/Church/Individual Sponsors Wanted!

Help support the cause while promoting your company or organization!  See our Hike Sponsorship Opps 2018 for available levels and benefits.

Promote the Hike in your church or house of worship:

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More Info

Our hike director has provided a helpful info sheet with all kinds of details about the hike, including logistics, what to expect, and suggested items to wear and bring.  Please read it for important info:  Hiking Instructions 2018 coming soon.

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Contact us!

If you have any questions, please contact the HARC office at 301-842-4272 or kathy.harc@gmail.com or our Hike Director, Ed Poling at 301-766-9005 or epoling1@gmail.com.

Photo of hikers on the C&O Canal towpath (photo taken by John McRae)



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Thank you to Washington County Public Schools for supporting this event through the staff wellness program

Thank you to the following for providing  vans to transport hikers to their start points:

Celebration Ministries
Christ's Reformed Church
Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene
Gene Sword bus contractor

Thank you to the following for hosting Hospitality Stops:

Church of the Holy Trinity UCC
Hebron Mennonite Church
St.Mark's Episcopal Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown