ANTIETAM NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD - Organizers of the area's eighth annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk said the event exceeded its goals for fund-raising and participants Saturday despite forecasts of rain that probably kept some walkers home.
Some 381 walkers turned out to help raise $45,000, surpassing the goals of 200 walkers and $27,000, said MS Walk organizer Cheryl Scrivener.
Scrivener said 509 people had preregistered for the 6-mile walk, held for the first time at Antietam National Battlefield.
"We were really excited the weather held off," Scrivener said. The rain didn't start until about 2 p.m. after the walk had ended.
Of the $45,000 raised, approximately $18,000 will stay in Washington County to help people with multiple sclerosis, Scrivener said. The local money will help pay for such services as transportation and equipment loans.