Local runners Toby Ehrbaker and Grace Davis were top finishers in Holly’s Hope run for SARC

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Grace Davis, top female, finishing 6th overall
Grace Davis, top female, finishing 6th overall

Toby Ehrbaker and Grace Davis were top finishers in Holly’s Hope run for SARC held Oct. 12 on the Ma and Pa Trail. Here are the details sent along about the event:

HOLLY’S HOPE RUN FOR SARC

Local runner Toby Ehrbaker, with a time of 20:41.8 was the winner of SARC’s first annual Holly’s Hope 5K Run/1 Mile Walk recently held on the Ma and Pa Trail. Top female runner, Grace Davis, also a Bel Air resident, came in 6th overall with the time of 24:32.4.

Ethan Brito, Bel Air High School senior, developed the idea of a run to benefit SARC, during Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. It was deemed a success by those who were there, especially Luisa Caiazzo, SARC’s CEO. She told the crowd that, “At a time when the issue of domestic violence has received non-stop coverage in the media, it is inspiring to have a student come forward and take a stand. It is only with support of the community that we can truly come together to end violence.” Following her comments, she presented Ethan with the First Annual Holly’s Hope Award.

Brito’s Aunt Holly had used SARC’s services several years ago after leaving an abusive relationship so he decided that he wanted to do something to honor her and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the organization that helped her to turn her life around. After Ethan thanked attendees, he acknowledged Amber O’Brien of the Goddard School in Forest Hill. “She has been so supportive of me, this race and this cause.” Ms. O’Brien was impressed when he spoke to Goddard’s PTO last spring and became and early supporter she said because, “He gives me hope for the future.” This month they have been having various fundraising activities going on at the school for SARC.

Runners were then greeted by Ethan’s Aunt Holly, the woman who was the inspiration for the event. She shared her hope of spreading the name of SARC, “so that those who are unaware or feel they are trapped learn they do have refuge, they do have help and support through SARC.” She went on to say,”I want to thank my nephew for his passion in creating this event. Because of him he has made my dream of helping others a reality.”

The generous outpouring of support from the area was instrumental in the race’s financial success. In addition to Goddard School in Forest Hill, special thanks go to Comer Construction, Cook Automotive, Noodles and Company, Joe Richardson, Bel Air Athletic Club, Sunny Day Cafe, Long and Foster Realtors, Team Malott Realtors, Susanne & Jim Wilson, Darlene and Les Cox, Phyllis and Tom Kotria Gretchen Amrien from Hair Bliss on Broadway, Diane Fisher, Charlene Schaetten, Hazel Hopkins, the Porter Family, Petals & Posies, Rita Moretti, Back in the Day Cafe and Cecilia Helmstetter.

Special thanks to : Swag Dog, Stockson Printing, All Signs & Graphics, Charm City Run of Bel Air, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Chick-Fil-A, Red Robin, Bertucci’s, Plaza Mexico, Harvest Fair, Jimmy John’s and Shamrock Coffee.

Extra special thanks to Ethan’s Bel Air High School Cross Country team members who were course marshals.