BATAVIA – Hundreds of people are expected to participate Saturday in the seventh annual Hike for Hospice 5K Run/Walk to raise money for Fox Valley Hospice and remember a loved one who has died.
The hike is a 5K loop that begins and ends at the Peg Bond Center at the Batavia Riverwalk, at Island Avenue and Houston Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.
Last year’s walk raised about $20,000 for the nonprofit, volunteer-driven Fox Valley Hospice, said Kathy Melone, director of development for Fox Valley Hospice. Most teams or walkers are walking in memory of a loved one, she said.
“It’s a way for people to come together to celebrate the life of someone they might have recently lost,” she said.
With more than 400 volunteers, the Geneva-based Fox Valley Hospice is the largest volunteer hospice in the United States. Now in its 32nd year, Fox Valley Hospice provides hospice care and bereavement programs free of charge to those who need them.
After the walk – most walkers will return between 10:45 and 11:15 a.m. – participants will be treated to free raffles, a drumming circle and lunch.
Last year’s Hike for Hospice attracted more than 150 people, and people who want to participate in Saturday’s event can register at the Peg Bond Center, Melone said. Information about Fox Valley Hospice is available at www.fvvh.org.
If you go
What: Saturday’s 5K Hike for Hospice
When: Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.
Where: Peg Bond Center, Island Avenue and Houston Street, Batavia
More information: www.fvvh.org