Spring Arrives in Time for a March on the Monocacy

By Marie Haughey, staff writer; photos by Marie Haughey, staff writer, and Richard Frederickson, staff photographer
Participants receive their Puzzler handouts and prepare for the march.

Participants receive their Puzzler handouts and prepare for the march.

Clouds and rain finally gave way this week just in time for Occupational Health Services’ March on the Monocacy event. More than 20 people came out to enjoy the beautiful spring day and walk the 1.4-mile course at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF).

The course wound down Synergy Way and along Progress Drive before joining the footpath along the Monocacy River, which presented views of fields filled with wildflowers, groves of trees, and, of course, the river itself. The weather was sunny, with the temperature in the mid-70s and a strong breeze to help keep everyone cool.

“It was a gorgeous day for a walk. I was pleased to see so many folks out enjoying the weather with their co-workers,” said Andi Gnuschke, manager, Internal Communications.

The event also featured a Puzzler-style event that asked participants to identify certain landmarks during the march. Once everyone had completed the course and the Puzzler, 10 winners were randomly chosen. Of those, one was picked to win a membership in the Recreation and Welfare (R&W) Club Frederick. The remaining nine winners received vouchers for a hot beverage from the Grab N’ Go Café.

“It was lovely to meet some of you outside the office setting. I look forward to working with each of you,” said Ruby Manoharan, Director of Business Transformation, who won the R&W membership. “I never win anything—I feel lucky today, maybe a lotto run is in order!”

Part of the course followed the footpath along the Monocacy River. A group stops to pose with their Puzzlers in front of the ATRF. Participants consult their handouts for the next clue. The weather was in the mid-70s and sunny. Flowers were starting to bloom in the fields along the path.