Celebrate Spring with a March on the Monocacy

By Marie Haughey, staff writer; photos by Richard Frederickson, staff photographer; map designed by Joe Meyer, staff illustrator
Picnic area

The course begins and ends at the pavilion behind the employee parking lot.

Organized as a sister event to the Take a Hike walk held on the NCI at Frederick main campus, March on the Monocacy will take place Tuesday, May 1, at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF).

The course begins at the pavilion behind the ATRF employee parking lot and will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In the pavilion, OHS will have a table with maps of the course and a Puzzler challenge that participants can complete along the way. Those who complete the challenge correctly will be entered into a drawing for prizes, which include beverage coupons from the Café and a membership in the Recreation and Welfare Club.

From the pavilion, the 1.4-mile course loops around the ATRF campus and along the Monocacy River, past groves of red and silver maple, white oak, cattails, and cypress. There are also several benches along the path if you need to rest or if you simply want to extend your time outdoors taking in the scenery.

And if you’re completing the Puzzler, keep your eyes open for labels, signs, and various wording—it could be the key to completing a clue on the challenge.

Keep your eyes open for labels and signs to complete the challenge. There are benches along the path if you want to take in the scenery.A map depicting the March on the Monocacy course.