9th Annual HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021
Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Retreat Center
and C&O Canal Towpath
- Choose from 4K, 10K and half marathon hike distances
- $10 Early-bird discount and guaranteed t-shirt if you register by
August 20EXTENDED to AUGUST 27!
- 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)
- New this year! Prizes for top individual fundraiser, top fundraising team, and oldest and youngest hiker
- We will also be commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a flag on our t-shirts and highlighting 20 years of HARC’s Coalition work that came of of this tragedy with a trail of interfaith quotes.
Half Marathon (13 miles) – 7:00 am check-in time. Individuals $60; Families $105
10K (6.3 miles) – 8:00 am and 9:00 am check-in options. Individuals $50; Families $85
4K (2.5 miles) – 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30 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 are not guaranteed after August 27.
FLYER with extended deadline
HARC Hike bulletin insert 2021 with registration and extended deadline
Individual Fundraising Collection Sheet (or use our online fundraising tool!)
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 HARC programs, including Micah’s Backpack, which provides nutritious food to food-insecure children in Washington County, MD. Micah’s Backpack is a collaborative effort between 50 churches and organizations in Washington County, serving more than 1,000 children with weekend meals.
HARC is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of our Interfaith Coalition, born out of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The Interfaith Coalition works to bring people of different beliefs together to promote peace, respect, and compassion in our local community.
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. New this year: we will have prizes for the top individual fundraiser and the top fundraising team.
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, September 4 through Saturday, September 11. Participants can hike anytime between those dates, any time of day that’s convenient, anywhere that safe social distancing can be maintained.
HARC 20-mile Challenge Hike – September 25
Are you a serious hiker or want a serious challenge? Join us for the annual HARC Challenge Hike on Saturday, September 25, 2021. A small group of hardy souls will be hiking the Appalachian Trail from Pen Mar Park to Caledonia, PA – a total of 20 mountainous miles. This is a one-way hike with transportation back to Pen Mar Park and Hagerstown. 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 September 11, but t-shirts are not guaranteed after August 27.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or our Hike Director, Ed Poling at 301-766-9005 or email@example.com.