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Hospice Memorial walk/run begins Saturday

Sep 13, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

For the 18th year people from the community are invited to put their best foot forward Saturday morning to help Hospice of Washington County.

Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. Lineup for the event will be in the lower section of Sunset Park near the rocket slide. Hospice marketing director Robyn Harvey-Smith said the event is a fundraiser to provide services for the uninsured and underinsured patients. Hospice is a nonprofit community-based organization established in 1988.

“We have lots of serious runners who come out for it and we also have lots of families and lots of community members who come out,” Harvey-Smith said. “We have a lot of sponsors for the event. They are always very generous. It is a good time.”

She said about 90 people usually run in the 5K, but this year there are about 120 preregistered people for the event. She also said people register the day of the event.

Harvey-Smith said when the event first begins, runners can expect to see wildlife along the trail. She predicts Saturday will be a beautiful day for the event.

“Hospice of Washington County has been serving this county and six other counties in the area for almost 30 years,” she said. “We started as a volunteer organization. As time has gone by and the need has arisen we have grown and we now have a paid staff of about 15. We are still a nonprofit. Everyone who works here lives in the area. Any amount of profit goes right back into the business to take care of people who need hospice care. Medical bills are going up and it is something that is definitely needed.”

She said prizes are awarded for age groups as well as overall male and female prizes. There are also awards for the oldest walker and youngest walker. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Starting time is 9 a.m. The events usually end at around 11 a.m.

Honor banners will be posted along the path in honor of loved ones. People have submitted pictures of their loved ones for many years.

Hospice keeps the photos and displays them every year.

For people unable to walk the trail, Harvey -Smith said golf carts will be available for people to view the honor banners.

Harvey-Smith said that people can submit photos of their loved ones.

They don’t have to be Hospice patients. They can be anyone whom a runner wants to honor. People can also register for the event until it starts.

For more information, call 653-7321.

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