Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Run (or Walk) To Build A Home!

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
Run (or Walk) To Build A Home!

Enjoy running? Or taking long walks? I am referring to the Inaugural Western Maryland Half Marathon. The proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Washington County's ReStore initiative.
A ReStore is a retail store that accepts donations of overstocked, discontinued, new or used home improvement products donated by businesses or individuals, and re-sells these products to the general public at a substantially reduced cost.
The ReStore will accomplish three key objectives:
It provides funding so Habitat for Humanity can increase its production of simple, decent, affordable housing in Washington County.
It reduces costs of building materials for use in upgrading/maintaining houses for the general public.
It reuses building materials and home products instead of dumping into landfills, which helps protect our environment.
This makes the Western Maryland Half Marathon (WMHM) a Green event! In keeping with the theme of reducing, reusing and recycling, the WMHM will make every effort to organize and present an environmentally sound event.
The objective of this event is not only to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and its on-going mission to provide safe, decent and affordable housing in our community, but also to promote the scenic beauty and natural resources of Western Maryland, physical health and wellness, and environmental awareness. In conjunction with Ft. Frederick State Park and the Town of Hancock, The Inaugural Western Maryland Half Marathon will take place on the Western Maryland Rail Trail.
The course will begin at the Joseph Hancock Park, just off Main Street in the historic town of Hancock. The out-and-back course allows participants to run west on the Western Maryland Rail Trail approximately 6.5 miles, turnaround and complete the race at the Hancock Station.
Awards will be given to the first overall female and male finisher and the top three finishers of the half marathon in the following female and male age categories: 19 & under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+
For more information or to register for the race, go to or contact Tara Horst, Race Coordinator, at or call Habitat for Humanity for a registration form at 301-791-9009 ext. 12. Registration is $50 before Sept 27th; $60 on race day. 5K Walk Registration is $15.
The Habitat ReStore will provide a new shopping experience for residents of Washington County. Volunteers are needed to join the ReStore committee. Help prepare the facility, seek out donations, pick up donations, price materials, assist with marketing, public relations, and numerous other jobs. For mor information on Habitat ReStore contact Teddi Garrison at 301-714-0067 or

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.