7th Annual HARC Hike
Saturday, June 8, 2019
4K, 10K, and half marathon hikes

Or make a donation/support a participant

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

(Want a more challenging hike?  Check out our Challenge Hike)

Event details

  • Date:  Saturday, June 8
  • Location:  C&O Canal Towpath
  • Distances:  4K (2.5 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), or half marathon (approx. 13 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
  • All hikes conclude at Shepherd’s Spring
  • Start points on C&O:  Dam #4 (4K), McMahon’s Mill (10K), Falling Water Rd (half marathon)
  • Scenic water views
  • Photo scavenger hunt and nature scavenger hunt (just for fun!)
  • 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 (approx. 13 miles) hikes, to include everyone from casual to serious hikers and runners. You can look forward to scenic water views, 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 short hike through the woods.  All hikes will end at our “Celebration” pavilion where participants  can relax and enjoy a delicious lunch and fellowship.

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

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

Fun for children of all ages with a photo scavenger hunt for youths and a nature scavenger hunt for younger children.


Register online or send in a paper registration form (coming soon).  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 by May 19 to take advantage of our reduced pricing and guarantee your t-shirt.  Online registration closes on Friday, June 7. 

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 2019 for available levels and benefits.

Promote the Hike in your church or house of worship:

HARC Hike bulletin insert 2019

HARC Hike FLYER 2019

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 2019.

Looking for lodging or things to do in Hagerstown/Washington County?  Check out Visit Hagerstown:

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.


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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
St. John's Episcopal Church
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