Hunger Hike is THIS Sunday Join the Cause
Fighting Hunger with Our Hearts & Soles
Hunger Hike is a fundraising event and also an exciting community event — THIS weekend .

Below are the special highlights of the Hunger Hike kick-off event THIS Sunday. So raise $$ this week, run in the HH5K Run THIS Saturday at 9 a.m. (Celery Bog Nature Area), and we'll see you at the big event, the Hunger Hike kick-off event, THIS Sunday at 1 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).
Hunger Hike — Special Highlights & Surprises
Purdue Football Alumnus to Give Keynote
Race Johnson , Purdue alumnus & former Boilermaker football player, will offer remarks to kick off this year’s Hunger Hike THIS Sunday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Riehle Plaza (N 2nd Street, Lafayette). Throughout his life, Race has worked hard and has had a special commitment to serving his community as an individual, as an athlete and with his family and church and he's eager to share his story THIS Sunday .

Son of Bill & Jill Johnson, Race was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Carmel. Race has a younger brother, Steele, and younger sister, Hollyn. Steele is a diver at Purdue who has won four NCAA championships and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

A high school athlete, Race joined the Purdue football team as a walkon in 2013 . He was an Academic All-Big Ten player who played in three games in 2015, and eight games in 2016. Race earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Purdue University (West Lafayette) in May 2017. He is currently a member of the Lugar Real Estate Team in Indianapolis.

Join us THIS Sunday to meet Race and hear his remarks at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).
YouTube Sensation to Sing the National Anthem
Jay Alan will kick-off  Hunger Hike  THIS Sunday with the singing of the US National Anthem.

Jay Alan , 17-year-old Harrison High School senior, lives in Lafayette with his parents. He has loved singing and performing for as long as he can remember. Today he posts his intimate live performances on his  YouTube channel  regularly. Jay Alan has close to 60,000 YouTube subscribers, and many of his music videos have over 100,000 views  one with over 340,000 views (so far). After graduation in June, he plans to attend Berklee College of Music (Boston) and will pursue a career in music. Check out Jay Alan on YouTube ( ) and Instagram ( @thejayalan ).

Join us THIS Sunday to hear Jay Alan sing the National Anthem at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:15 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).
Co-Chairs Purdue Coaches Versyp & Kucik
The Hunger Hike 2018 co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp (women's basketball) & Dave Kucik (men's & women's crew & rowing).

Coaches Versyp & Kucik are perfect ambassadors for Hunger Hike. Both have a high standard for their own work, hold their teams to a high standard and have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. As wonderful role models they will also be engaging the collegiate athletes on their teams in this Hunger Hike event.

Join us THIS Sunday to meet Coaches Sharon Versyp & Dave Kucik and hear their remarks at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).
"Studio b" Brings Zumba to Hunger Hike
One of the highlights of Hunger Hike each year is the Zumba warm-up presented by Studio b. Zumba will follow the National Anthem THIS Sunday

Miss Brooke (studio owner) &  Kasie (fitness instructor) from  Studio b Dance & Fitness (downtown Lafayette) will once again bring the  Hunger Hike crowd to its feet with the annual Zumba warm-up. Studio b Dance & Fitness which opened in 2014 has dance & fitness classes as well as a competitive dance team  — and was recently recognized as the Small Business of the Year.

Join us THIS Sunday to participate in our Zumba warm-up with Miss Brooke & Kasie at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:20 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).
Music from RatPak's "DJ Powder" Starts at Noon
DJ Powder from  Rat Pak Mobile DJs will emcee and provide dance music at  Hunger Hike 2018.

DJ Powder creates a fun, family friendly environment during registration and leading up to the kick-off of  Hunger Hike from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 at Riehle Plaza.

Join us THIS Sunday to enjoy the music presented by DJ Powder of Rat Pak at the Hunger Hike kick-off event from noon to 3:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).
Hot Dogs, Bottled Water, Clowns, Massages & More
Hunger Hike is fortunate to get the support of many sponsors. All of the printing, food & drink, massage services, banners & trophies at  Hunger Hike have been donated. Here are some of our generous donors:

  • Printing - Instant Copy Printing, Lafayette
  • Bottled Water - Aqua Systems, Lafayette
  • Hot Dogs - Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette
  • Water, Bananas, Granola Bars - Pay Less Super Market, West Lafayette
  • Trophies - Awards Unlimited, Inc., Lafayette
  • Massages - Essential Touch Massage, Lafayette
  • Face Painting - Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry, Laffy-ette Chapter
  • Banners - Sign Art Etc., Lafayette
  • Bagels - Panera Bread, West Lafayette
  • 5K Prizes (gift certificates) - Lafayette Brewing Co., Arni's, Christos New City Grill & Cafe Literato

At  Hunger Hike  on  Sunday, September 16 , there will be free hot dogs, bottled water, face painting and massages. At the  HH5K Run  on  Saturday, September 15 , there will be bagels, bananas, granola bars & bottled water available for all of the 5K run participants . Please thank our  Hunger Hike sponsors  by visiting them soon. For more information on  Hunger Hike  2018, go to .
Hunger Hike 5K Run — Register TODAY
Runners Needed To Fight Hunger - HH5K Run

| HH5K Run | Saturday, September 15 | Celery Bog Nature Area | 9 a.m. |
Be a part of the annual Hunger Hike 5K Run and  Race to Feed the Hungry .
Hunger Hike also offers an opportunity for runners to be a part of the fight against hunger — the  HH5K Run — one day prior to Hunger Hike (traditional 3K Walk). The HH5K Run is open to runners of all ages and abilities who share a common goal:  Fighting Hunger!

The HH5K Run will convene in Celery Bog Nature Area. The course is mostly flat and paved and allows participants to run on a scenic route through West Lafayette including the Celery Bog in early autumn. 

Advanced Registration (only $30) is encouraged. The purpose of the HH5K Run is to use physical exercise to draw attention to and provide funds for “Feeding the Hungry.” All HH5K proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project. It’s an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while enjoying a serious 5K event.

To register in advance, for more information and to view the HH5K Run route map, click  HERE.
Hunger Hike 2018 — THIS Weekend
Fighting Hunger with our Hearts & Soles
Hunger Hike is a community fundraising event for individuals & teams whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger.

- THIS Sunday, September 16, noon - 3:30 p.m.
Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette
Zumba, DJ music, National Anthem, Hot dogs & bottled water, Remarks & more

- THIS Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m., $30 registration
Celery Bog Nature Area (Cattail Trail Loop),
Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette

For more information on Hunger Hike 2018, please visit our website at

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