A couple of weeks ago I visited my "supplier" to try out some new sneakers. I was chatting with store owner John Corbett when I had to remind him about the kind of luck he's been having.
"John, can you tell me where the Harvest for Hope will be held next year so I know where the new construction will start?" I asked as I laced up a pair of running shoes.
He chuckled and said with a knowing smile, "Sure has been a challenge the last couple of years."
John owns All About Running and Walking in Rancho Vistoso and is one of the organizers of the annual Harvest for Hope 5k walk and run.
The event, which is coming up this weekend, brings the community together to collect donations of food and money for people in need.
Harvest for Hope was held for years at Oro Valley's Riverfront Park on West Lambert Lane. It became a great tradition - going to the park, mingling with neighbors, then walking the 5K along Lambert Lane and back to the park. An added treat was the view of Pusch Ridge as the sun set.
Well, two years ago construction started on Lambert Lane. So the event was moved to Canyon del Oro High School. What happened that year was hard to believe. Just after I'd completed two laps, thunderheads rose over the mountains and we all had to go home early as a rare fall storm rolled in.
This year construction has started at CDO, so the event had to find yet another new home: Oro Valley Marketplace.
Many thanks to the folks at Vestar - the center's developer and manager - for hosting the event.
And if you've never strolled along the walking trail at Oro Valley Marketplace, you're in for a treat: The entire breadth of the Pusch Ridge section of the Catalinas is exposed in front of you.
Harvest for Hope kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday. Participants are asked to bring a bag of nonperishable food for the Catalina Community Services food bank; cash donations are welcome as well.
Oro Valley Town Councilman Joe Hornat has accepted my challenge to walk the 5k course with Debbie and me. So come out, cheer us on, and enjoy a beautiful walk at Oro Valley Marketplace, all while supporting a local nonprofit.
Enjoy the journey,
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If you go
• What: Harvest for Hope 5k Walk/Run
• When: 5 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Walking trail at Oro Valley Marketplace, which is on the southwest corner of North Oracle and East Tangerine roads
• Entry: A bag of nonperishable food for the Catalina Community Services food bank (cash donations also accepted); participants will receive a medal and the first 500 people to register will get a T-shirt and be entered in a raffle that will be held after the 5k
• Info: Go to www.harvest4hope.org
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