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Celebrate history and youth run free at Harpers Ferry Half Marathon and 5k

By Staff | May 5, 2014

Harpers Ferry Half Marathon Directors Todd McKinney and Mark Cucuzzella are proud to announce BCT-Bank of Charles Town as the Title Sponsor for the 4th Annual Harper Ferry Half Marathon which will be held Saturday May 10. The big event will include a Half Marathon, 5K trail run and Kids Run in scenic and historic Harpers Ferry .

“We are thrilled of our partnership with Bank of Charles Town”, Cucuzzella adds, “as a company they are taking the lead in community and employee wellness. This is an example for our state to follow.” Robert Baronner, president and CEO of BCT adds “We are honored to be a sponsor of this great event. This collaboration with the Half-Marathon will allow BCT to further our health initiative for employees and give us the opportunity to positively impact the health of our local community.”

The Half Marathon is a challenging and hilly course covering the expanse on Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Civil War era towns connecting them. Expansive views of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, a loop through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park School House Ridge South, Murphy Farm, Lower Town Harpers Ferry, John Brown’s Fort, Bolivar, Storer College and the homes taking one back to the 1860s.

The 5K event is a mix of trail and road and includes a loop of the School House Ridge South portion of the Harpers Ferry National Park. To encourage youth participation in the sport, all runners 18 and under are free for the 5k. A free one mile Kids Event will be on site at River Riders and runs through their Adventure Park. Live music and refreshments will be provided at the post race party.

Race Co-director Mark Cucuzzella MD runs the course often.

“This is truly an event of historic proportions. Every time I run this route there is something new for the senses and something challenging, he said.

The half marathon is challenging with a mix of road and trail and over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The 5k encompasses the more gentle rolling grass hills of Harpers Ferry National Park School House Ridge.

Register now www.harpersferryhalf.org

Race proceeds will go toward benefiting EPIC and FLOC

FLOC – The Outdoor Education Center of For Love of Children facilitates healthy character development for youth and adults in a powerful outdoor classroom. Through FLOC programming, we teach individual and group leadership skills, team building and environmental education. The OEC provides custom designed, client focused programming consisting of 1-day to multi-day learning experiences, year round. They house multiple hands-on environmental and science learning centers as well as adventure challenges, trainings, retreat and facility rental. The OEC is located on an extraordinary 350 acres of wilderness 65 miles from the nation’s capital in Harpers Ferry. For more information about FLOC and to find out ways to support its mission, visit www.flocoutdoors.org Or on Facebook Facecbook The Outdoor Education Center of Floc

Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children (EPIC) An autism awareness and advocacy non-profit located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia – A part of the nation which is very under resourced for persons and families with loved ones on the spectrum.- www.epic-wv-autism.org