CROP Walk 2011 raised more than $2,000 Sunday for poverty relief efforts.
Money raised by CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) supports efforts by Church World Service, with 25 percent of the money staying locally in the form of donations to the Neighbors Foundation and the Trinity United Methodist food pantry.
"Remember, we walk for fun because millions walk for survival," longtime Island CROP Walk coordinator Paul Robinson told participants at the outset.
This year's event had several new wrinkles: it took place entirely within Beaver Island State Park, and walkers were given routes of three varying lengths, the longest of which took them past historic River Lea and along the state's new E.G. Spaulding Trail.
"That should be a really beautiful walk," Robinson said.
The biggest money-raiser will win the Golden Sneaker award.
Trinity's Rev. Larry Baird, in a pre-walk prayer, said the event gives the community "a chance to do something very concrete and specific in terms of providing clean water and other resources for people." (photo by Larry Austin)