COLUMBIA CITY – Parkview Whitley Hospice has announced open registration for its fourth annual Pumpkin Run, a 1K fun run for children and 5K Run/Walk for all ages. This year’s event is presented by DeMoney Grimes Funeral Home and will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
The events will be held in Columbia City at Morsches Park. Check-in will begin at 11:45 a.m., and the entry fee is $15 for the Fun Run. Registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $20 before Sept. 1, $25 before Sept. 8, and $30 after Oct. 8.
The running events are being held to increase awareness of the benefits of Parkview Whitley Hospice services, recruit hospice volunteers and raise funds for Parkview Whitley Hospice.
Participants are encouraged to honor the memory of a loved one by adding a commemorative sign in the Pumpkin Patch at the event by contributing $20 per person commemorated. A loved one’s name also may be added to individual T-shirts, which are orange and long sleeved. The customization will be available at the event with a cost of $8 to have a loved one’s name printed on the T-shirt.
All proceeds from the events will benefit Parkview Whitley Hospice, which provides family-centered care for the patient, and emotional and spiritual support to everyone involved. Parkview Whitley Hospice includes nurses, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers.
Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the following age groups: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89 and 90+.