More than 60 runners and walkers participated in the 2018 Hunger Hike 5K Run this past Saturday. The Hunger Hike 5K Run is open to runners of all ages and abilities who share a goal: Fighting Hunger with their Hearts & Soles!
It was sunny and cool — a picture perfect day for a race. The Hunger Hike 5K Run 2018 followed the beautiful, paved Cattail Trail Loop through West Lafayette and the scenic Celery Bog Nature Area — giving runners and walkers an opportunity to support three local organizations while enjoying a professionally timed 5K event.
Pictured above L to R: Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative; Assemgul Bissenbina, #1 Female; Kyle Morales, #3 Female; Colin Frier, #1 Youth; Phoebe (Colin’s dog); Aauba Aditye, #1 Male; Sarah Sellers, #2 Female; Lucy Edmundson, #3 Youth; and Kenny McCleary, #2 Male.
Thanks to our donors – Awards Unlimited, Panera Bread – West Lafayette, and Pay Less Super Market – West Lafayette.
Hunger Hike QUICK LINKS:
Photos – Hunger Hike 5K Run; Photos – HH5K Run – Just the Runners
Introducing the Hunger Hike 2018 Co-Chairs Coach Sharon Versyp & Coach David Kucik
The Hunger Hike 2018 co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Dave Kucik (men’s & women’s crew & rowing).
Coaches Versyp & Kucik are perfect ambassadors for Hunger Hike. Both have a high standard for their own work, hold their teams to a high standard and have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. As wonderful role models they will also be engaging the collegiate athletes on their teams in this Hunger Hike event.
Join us THIS Sunday to meet Coaches Sharon Versyp & Dave Kucik and hear their remarks at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).
is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally, & globally. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger! The details of the Hunger Hike events are as follows:
Time: 8:00-8:45 a.m. check-in; 9:00 a.m. run starts
Place: Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
Registration Cost: $30 includes T-Shirt
Hunger Hike is a perfect fundraising event for your group — student organization, church group, civic group, team or family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any other way you choose.
All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry. This is YOUR opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while engaging in a meaningful and fun community event.
We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:
On Saturday, September 17, local runners took part in the HH5K Run—the Race to Feed the Hungry—at Celery Bog Nature Area with start/finish on the Cattail Trail through the Celery
Bog Nature Area. The rain cleared up just in time for the run, and it was a cool but cloudy morning — not a bad day for a race.
The HH5K Run winners are as follows:
1st: Rob Burton
2nd: Courtney Seger
1st: Katie Micon
2nd: Lauren Harer
3rd: Sarah Carignan
1st: Nick Burton
2nd: Colin Williams
3rd: Robby Stewart
These runners supported these outstanding local organizations while enjoying a 5K event on a scenic trail.
Hunger Hike events are just two weeks away — and a lot of exciting things are planned for the Kick-off event and the 5K run. Hunger Hike gives YOU a chance to have a positive impact on your community AND have some FUN too! There’s a live DJ, Zumba, face painting, balloon animals, clowns, the Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete & cheerleaders — and hot dogs, chips & water when you return from the 3K walk/hike.
Hunger Hike is also a wonderful team activity for your group. Each member raises money leading up to the big day — and the whole team gets together at Hunger Hike & celebrates their good work.
It’s a long weekend — so use this time to get started — and here is how in 8 easy steps:
Click “Register” — select “one” for yourself — and follow the steps
Join a “Team” or “Create” a Team
Confirm your Fundraising Page
Email all of your contacts asking them to support you and Hunger Hike.
You may simply email a message and the link to your fundraising page to all of your contacts —OR—upload your email addresses and let First Giving do the work for you.
Finally. Watch the donations come in — for you, for your team and for Hunger Hike!
If you choose to email your contacts outside of First Giving don’t forget to include the link to your fundraising page allowing your friends and family to donate to you online.
Also for your convenience, here is a sample message you may use or modify:
When I learned that millions of children go hungry, I decided to do something about it. I’m going to participate in the Greater Lafayette HUNGER HIKE and hope you will support me. I’m excited to be a part of this annual effort which raises funds for three nonprofits working to fight hunger locally, regionally & globally: Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Any amount you can give will help! Please dig deep and donate through me online. Donating is simple, fast, secure and tax-deductible. Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I really appreciate it. Together we will be helping hungry children and families. You can learn more by going to the Hunger Hike website(www.hungerhike.org). Thanks!