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Sixth Annual Howard Community College 5K Challenge Race Raises Over $117,000 for Student Scholarships

The 2019 5K Challenge Race.

Columbia, MD – It was an eventful day at Howard Community College (HCC) on Sunday, October 13, 2019, where 500 participants flocked to the college’s campus to run, climb, and crawl an obstacle-filled course for the sixth annual 5K Challenge Race, presented by Havtech. With support from 67 sponsoring organizations and companies, in addition to college employee, student, and alumni teams, the Howard Community College Educational Foundation (HCCEF) raised over $117,000 to support student scholarships.

For the fifth year, the overall Corporate Challenge Champion goes to Harkins Builders.

Sponsoring organizations also competed for one of seven challenges, with winners as follows: Sheraton Columbia Town Center (Challenge Award); Hamel Builders (Design & Construction Challenge); BB&T (Finance Challenge); In-Depth Engineering (Information Technology Challenge); Corporate Office Properties Trust (Real Estate Challenge); Columbia Association Athletic Club (Wellness Challenge); and Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr (Professional Services Challenge).

Winners of the fastest course time were Chris Hauger (17:59) of Hamel Builders and Melissa Spaid-Decker (23:03) of Keller Williams Realty Centre.

HCC 5K Challenge Race 2019 Sponsors included:

Presenting Sponsor

  • Havtech

Champion Sponsors

  • Apple Ford Lincoln
  • Corporate Office Properties Trust
  • Hamel Builders
  • Harkins Builders
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • In-Depth Engineering
  • MedStar Health
  • M&T Bank
  • Sandy Spring Bank

Challenger Sponsors

  • 2HB Incorporated
  • Allen & Shariff
  • BB&T
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
  • Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • Design Collective
  • Howard Hughes Corporation
  • KCI Technologies
  • Leach Wallace
  • Revere Bank
  • Tenable
  • Waldon Studio Architects

Sprinter Sponsors

  • Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr LLP
  • Columbia Association
  • DPR Construction
  • Dembo Jones, PC
  • Abby Glassberg/NAI KLNB
  • JMT Architecture
  • JHU Carey Business School
  • LG-TEK
  • The Lutheran Village at Millers Grant
  • Keller Williams Realty Centre
  • Morgan Keller Construction
  • Prime Lending
  • PNC Bank

Team Sponsors

  • ADG Creative
  • Alban Engineering
  • ATI, Inc.
  • BKM
  • Charm City Concierge
  • Shirley C. and David Chickering Trust
  • Davis Agnor Rapaport Skalny LLC
  • Dominion Roofing Company
  • Ecoprint
  • Encore at Turf Valley
  • Howard County Association of Realtors
  • Howard County Health Park
  • Howard County Police Department
  • Huddles, Jones, Sorteberg & Dachille, PC
  • Konterra Realty
  • Lifespan Network/Beacon Institute
  • Lorien Elkridge
  • Ownings Home Services
  • Pivot Health Solutions
  • Sheraton Columbia Town Center
  • Tower Federal Credit Union
  • Turf Valley Resort


  • Avid Technology
  • Brightworks Wealth Management
  • Classic Granite & Marble
  • Fidelity Mechanical Services
  • GLW
  • Lee Financial
  • RKNY Electric
  • Edward St. John Foundation, Inc.

In-kind Sponsors

  • Baltimore Sun Media Group
  • Focus on Women Magazine
  • Feet First
  • Firestone Tires
  • McDonalds

For individual race times and additional information on the 5K Challenge Race 2019, visit

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