Registrations are open for the fifth annual Hike for Hospice.

The annual event is one of the major fundraisers for the Foothills Country Hospice, raising around $50,000 a year.

Though they weren't expecting a second consecutive COVID-friendly Hike for Hospice, Development and Communications Officer Stephanie Barnes says they've come up with a safe way to hold the event, where participants have a seven-day window to complete five kilometres.

"They can ride their bike five kilometres, walk five kilometres, hike run, scooter, whatever means they wish, and they have seven days to do it."

She says after last year, they're ready for anything.

"We've had beautiful sunny weather, we've had rain, we've had snow, basically we've prepared for it all over the last five years so regardless of what the weather will be like this year, it's still a go, rain shine or snow."

Barnes says prior to COVID, the event was shaping up to be a great annual tradition, and she looks forward to when they can hold it without restrictions.

"It was really starting to come together as a true event and then COVID hit, so obviously we've had to revamp the way we run events now, but I still think it'll be nice to see everyone out completing their five kilometres between May 2nd and 9th."

An early-bird registration price of $10 is available to those who sign up before April 15th, with the price rising to $15 after that.


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