Twilight race combines running, music, and fundraising.

FREDERICK, Md., June 18, 2022 — 331 runners signed up for the 2022 Frederick Summer Solstice 8K held at twilight on June 18. With the help of race sponsors, donors, and volunteers, the race raised  $17,626 for the Frederick chapter of Blessings In A Backpack. 

“The race was so much fun this year. The town of Walkersville is incredibly supportive, and our runners love the course. The post-race celebration with music by The Few and Flying Dog beer extended the excitement,” race director, Harriet Langlois, shared. The Steeplechasers Running Club is proud to continue its support of Blessings In A Backpack, allowing us to serve both the running community and the kids of Frederick County”, she added.

After wrapping up the event and finalizing the donation amount, Langlois was recently joined by Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club president, Heidi Novak, and assistant race director, Michelle Edwards, to present the donation check to Blessings in a Backpack Executive Director, Angela Abrishami.

“The Steeplechasers’ continued support means Blessings will be able to provide over 5,600 hunger-free weekends this school year. Their support over the years has helped us feed thousands of children who would otherwise go hungry every school year. Blessings in a Backpack and the children we serve all over Frederick County are so thankful for the Steeplechasers’ dedication to their community,” Abrishami said.

This year the race again took runners through a flat and fast tour of Walkersville, with the start/finish at the Walkersville Carnival Grounds, and the turnaround at Heritage Farm Park. Jesse Magolon, of Frederick, won the men’s race with a time of 27 minutes 42 seconds. The top female finisher was Claire Heasman, also of Frederick, with a time of 33 minutes 34 seconds. This year, both of the top runners are members of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club Racing Team.

The Premier Sponsor of the 2022 race is DARCARS Toyota of Frederick.

The Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club, established in 1975, holds four large-scale races each year, donating the race proceeds back to the Frederick community.

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