DE Hospice Hosts 5th Annual 5K

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3The 5th Annual Delaware Hospice’s 5K Run and Family Fun Walk will be held in Milford on Wednesday, June 9 at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way in Milford Milford. Funds raised through events like the 5k allow Delaware Hospice to continue reaching out to meet the needs of the community through several programs and services for local families.

Since 1982, Delaware Hospice has provided care and support to nearly 35,000 patients and their families. Its mission is to help each patient, each day, live the fullest, most comfortable life possible. Delaware Hospice is the largest and only licensed, nonprofit, community-based hospice serving New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware and southern Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. The original Delaware Hospice 5k event began in Wilmington but since the construction of the new Milford facility several years ago, it has been moved to lower Delaware.

Peggy Dolby, Delaware Hospice Assistant Director of Development, expects over 300 participants this year, and states that the annual evening has become more than just a run; it has become a community event.

“The setting at the Delaware Hospice Center is beautiful; the course is flat and easy, and Delaware Hospice staff and volunteers who work the event make sure everyone feels welcome,” said Dolby. “The emotional energy that is there because of families, staff, volunteers, and participants makes this event something special.”

In addition to some runners showing community support for Delaware Hospice through their participation, others are family members of those currently receiving hospice care. Teams will compete by raising money in honor of their loved ones.

“We have had families walk this event every year in memory of someone who passed at the Delaware Hospice Center, and we expect over 20 families and groups this year,” commented Dolby. “For many, it’s a way to pay tribute to their loved ones by walking the course.”

During the event, awards will be presented to overall male and female finishers and the top three in 10-year age groups from 13 & under to 70 +, as well as to the top three male and female walkers. All participants will receive t-shirts. The entire family can enjoy the post-race party, which includes a cookout and beer tasting by Mispillion River Brewery. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., the race begins at 6:30 p.m., and the post-event cookout will go on until evening.

“The surrounding farmland, open skies and new age facility off of Airport Road make for a beautiful backdrop for this event,” said Dolby.

Registration fee for individuals is $20. Team or family registration for a group of four is $50. Registration can be completed online at www.delawarehospice.org or by contacting Peggy Dolby at pdolby@delawarehospice.org or 302-746-4666.