Sun shone down on the fun run to benefit food pantry [Elkridge]

You couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 15, when the crowd gathered as the Elkridge Food Pantry hosted its annual Give Where You Live 5K Family Fun Run/Walk.

The event drew 193 participants (145 pre-registered and 48 registered the morning of) and, between registrations and donations, (at least as of this writing) has raised almost $3,500 for the pantry. Howard High School was the school with the greatest turnout with 53 students and family members, taking first place to win the Together We Can Make a Difference trophy, and receiving a $500 donation for their school!

Elkridge Elementary School took second place with 29 participants. Howard senior, Luke Filar, was the first runner across the finish line on behalf of the cause. However, individual achievement awards are not presented for this annual event; everyone that participates on behalf of such a great cause is a winner.

John Mackall, of Crosslife Community Church, and event coordinator, would like to thank the following sponsors: Lancaster Produce, Corrigan Sports, Cindy's Soft Serve, Elkridge Family Dentistry, Green Valley Market, Patuxent Engineering, The Volleyball House, Bagels 'n Grinds, Mimi's Café, Columbia Shiatsu, Daniel's Restaurant, Eggspectation's, Fitness 19, Golf Galaxy, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Joy Florists, Longhorn Steakhouse, Massage Envy, Mom's Organic Market, Neu Valley Nursery, Road Runner Sports, and Great Wall.

Volunteer and Elkridge resident Lori Gerus said, "This fundraising event would not be such a wonderful success if it weren't for the great people that make up this community we call home. We can't thank you enough for your support, generosity and enthusiasm!"

The Elkridge Heritage Society would like to thank local author, Elizabeth Janney, for her recent presentation at its monthly meeting on how she fell in love with Elkridge and came to publish a book about the town. Autographed copies were sold at the meeting, and additional signed copies are still available. "Elkridge" is part of the Images of America Series, and would make a great gift for friends and relatives.

Elizabeth is planning a sequel, and looking for old pictures and stories that residents feel would enhance her second edition. With the rich history of Elkridge, known for the many people that stay in the area for generations, in addition to the changes and growth the area has experienced over the past couple of decades, a "then and now" book is a serious thought.

For more information on picking up your copy of "Elkridge," go to and click on the link at the right "Elkridge" by Elizabeth Janney.

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