Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County hopes to raise $9,000 this weekend from their 3rd annual Run the Rail 5K Run/Walk event in Lincolnton.
Last year, the nonprofit organization raised more than $6,300 from the event, according to Nancy Cole, special events manager for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.
Cole encouraged everyone in the community to attend the race, whether or not they plan to lace up their running shoes for the three-mile trek.
“This family-friendly event offers a perfect opportunity to support hospice care in our local community to anyone who needs our services, regardless of their ability to pay,” she said. “It’s a way to have fun and give back.”
Individuals who wish to donate to hospice but don’t want to run or walk in the event can register as a “phantom runner.” Children can also participate in a Kids Fun Run. In addition, a 5K Memorial Walk will take place for those who want to walk in memory of a lost loved one or friend, Cole said.
The annual event has grown significantly from year to year from roughly 40 participants the first year to more than 100 last year. Cole anticipated nearly 150 walkers and runners this weekend.
Cole noted that hospice care is vital for individuals with terminal illnesses who’ve been given six months or less to live. She said such care is “more about living” than dying as hospice workers seek to give patients symptom and pain-free days “so that their remaining time may be spent with dignity and quality.”
Patients typically receive hospice care at their homes or in “home-like” settings, Cole said.
Registration for Run the Rail will be 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday at Betty G. Ross Park, located at 800 S. Madison Street in Lincolnton. Race time is set for 9 a.m. Participants may also register in advance by Friday at Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County, located at 107 North Cedar St. in Lincolnton, or by calling (704) 732-6146.
Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County, originally named Hospice of Lincoln County, was established in 1987 and cares for approximately 90 patients per day.