Hardy Hikers enjoy HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope

Published September 11, 2018

The weather didn’t put a damper on the fun at the 6th annual HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope, held Saturday, September 8 at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Retreat Center and the C&O Canal towpath.  A great group of hardy hikers and runners donned with smiles and rain ponchos came out to support the event and get in some exercise.  “I’d rather have cool and rainy than last weekend’s hot and humid temps,” said one participant.  Others agreed it was a nice day for a walk: bug-free and and a lovely green setting.  Blessings from above kept much of the rain away until most of the walkers had returned.

Children could participate in a nature scavenger hunt or photo scavenger hunt, depending on age and interest.  All enjoyed delicious food and good music at the celebration meal following the hike.

Final tally is not yet in, but it is anticipated the HARC Hike raised $15,000 for HARC and the Micah’s Backpack program.

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Many thanks for a smoothly run event goes to the HARC Hike planning team: Hike Director Rev. Ed Poling, Bill Pike, Barbara Hamilton, Beth Johnston, Carla Charles, Butch Eigenbrode, Rev. Kyle Powderly and Rev. Ron Kline.  Thanks also to volunteers who helped the day of the event and members of the Antietam Radio Association for their assistance with communications.  Thanks to the “hospitality teams” from Hebron Mennonite Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Church of the Holy Trinity, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown for providing sustenance for hikers and runners along their route.  Thanks to drivers from Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, Christ’s Reformed Church, Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene, Gene Sword bus contractor, and for the use of the Celebration Ministries bus.  And thanks to four musicians who shared their string music and lovely voices with us as we wound down from a busy morning.

We could not have done this event without our generous sponsors.  We are tremendously grateful to:

Chick-fil-A of Hagerstown, who provided enough wraps and fruit for 200 people
Holcim – our top monetary sponsor of the event
Beth Johnston, who sponsored the event t-shirts

Gold Sponsors

Ewing Oil
Harman Funeral Home
Hub City Vineyard
Rotary Club of Hagerstown
Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagersotown

Silver Sponsors

Antietam Radio Association
Brethren Mutual Insurance Company
Coldwell Banker Innovations
Giant Food Stores/Martin’s
MS Johnston Co.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown

Bronze Sponsors

Allegany Dental Care
Bitner-Henry Insurance Company
Girls on the Run Mid-Maryland
Longmeadow Animal Hospital
Planet Fitness
Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Retreat Center
Washington County Hunger Group

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