Each year, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries and Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries serve approximately 70,000 children, youths, families and adults of all ages through compassionate service, gracious hospitality and charitable care all over the country.


On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Middletown, PA division of Diakon Lutheran hosted their annual 5K Challenge at their Wilderness Center. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Management and staff continued their volunteer efforts in assisting with setting up this year’s race. They had a fun time working with the Outdoor Challenge team in preparing for the 350 plus participants that came to the big race!


The Outdoor Adventure Challenge is a competitive 5K trail run that includes use of the Diakon Wilderness Center’s amenities; the Zip Line, Alpine tower, Giant Swing, and high ropes course plus a wonderful lunch. The event also incorporates a “fun-run” for participants who prefer to run or walk the course in a less competitive atmosphere as well as an option to use the adventure elements without participating in the trail run/walk.


As one past participant said in describing the Outdoor Adventure Challenge: “The Diakon Outdoor Adventure Challenge totally exceeded my expectations! The course was challenging, the surroundings were beautiful, and the lunch was much better than your typical post-race spread. But the best part was definitely challenging myself on the Alpine tower and flying down the zip-line.”


The Fairfield Inn & Suites Harrisburg International Airport team will continue to build relationships with all of their local community partners.


Submitted & Written by Mark Rice