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About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Walkers make a loop around Island park before going across the Sycamore Street bridge. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Walk volunteer Mary Seddon mans the cookie and water station at the end of the walk as Lauren Weirich, Rachel Swanson and Breanna Riddler members of the Central High School Key Club sample the cookies. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. A sign is posted at the check in station. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Walkers get lined up to start their mile walk. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Crop walk volunteer Cindy Watson and emcee Allan Strike welcomes the participants. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Judy Stickel gets a sneaker for raising the most money by an individual, she has been walking all 33 years. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Participants get signed in before the start of the walk or run. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Umbrellas pop up after the walk starts. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Umbrellas pop up after the walk starts. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Chuck Vetter 86 years old got a sneaker for being the oldest the second time from Cindy Watson. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Frankie Blue Eyes is prepared for the rain. The dog is owned by Jill Cornelius. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

About 200 runners and walkers braved the rain Sunday afternoon for the 33 annual Crop Walk for Hunger. Goshen held their first walk also. Pastor John Hogsett receives the sneaker award for his church Faith United Methodist for raising the most money from Cindy Watson as Allen Strike looks on. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
Numbers down, but 200 brave weather for CROP Walk in Elkhart

Posted on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — The weather may have been cold and damp for the 33rd annual Church World Services CROP Walk, but spirits certainly were not.

Nearly 200 people registered for the 1-mile and 5k race at Island Park, held each year to benefit Church Community Services and Church World Services.

The number of participants was down signifcantly from previous years, according to event organizers. They believe the weather was partially to blame for the decrease, but another reason was that, for the first time, a walk was also held in Goshen.

Still, those gathered were pleased with the outcome.

“It’s an opportunity to band together and help truly needy people,” Dale Stickel, one of the walk’s organizers, said of the event. Stickel and his wife, Judy, have been involved in the event for years and keep coming back to help out.

“It’s a tangible way to express intangible feelings,” Stickel explained, saying walkers and runners show their concern for the community through their participation.

Upon finishing the race, participants were treated to popcorn, cookies and drinks and were entertained by Out of the Dust, a praise band comprised of members of Elkhart County churches.

Race-day donations reached an estimated $20,480. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised directly benefit Church Community Services and the rest of the money goes to programs offered by Church World Services.

Judy Stickel summed up the feeling of the afternoon, adding, “If God gives you a lot, you need to give back.”