8th Annual YMCA Run for Hospice November 27

“Join us in celebrating the 2009 Festival of Trees by participating in the “8th Annual YMCA Run for Hospice” Friday November 27 at the YMCA of Talbot County. The 10K event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the 5K starting at approximately 10:05 a.m. Get the whole family involved in this post-Thanksgiving Day event. Strollers/wagons are welcome.

This exciting run and walk has become a yearly community event that draws participants from all parts of Maryland. Runners also come from several other states across the country like Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Ohio. Last year’s event had 284 participants and the YMCA expects an increase this year.

“The purpose for this Run is to support Talbot Hospice Foundation and the YMCA’s Camp Lazy Days Program,” says Tracy Cohee, event chair and YMCA Wellness director. “The YMCA of Talbot County is glad to host this event; it fits our mission, to foster opportunities for individuals, families, and community that strengthen healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” Talbot Hospice Foundation offers hope, compassionate support, and services to all members of the community facing end-of-life issues. They provide patient/family care, community education and advocacy while respecting both curative and palliative treatment choices. All services are provided without charge through the generous support of our community. The YMCA’s Camp Lazy Days is a free, six week, summer day camp experience for children with special needs.

NEW for 2009: the YMCA of Talbot County would like to use the “”Champion Chip”” timing system for this year’s event. The use of this chip will give accurate, immediate results for the runners and walkers and will cut down on the back-up at the finish line. In order to provide this service and still be able to provide Talbot Hospice and the YMCA Camp Lazy Days a donation at the end of the event, we are looking into sponsorship for this service. If you or your company would like to be the chip timing sponsor this year, please contact Graham Lee at 410-822-0566 or graham@talbotymca.org. The chip timing sponsors logo will appear on the chips which participants will be able to take home as a souvenir from the 8th Annual Run for Hospice.

There will be prizes for the 10K Run and 5K Family Fun Run or Walk, as well as, t-shirts for the first 300 registrants, fitness related “goody bags”, nutritious snacks and water. Registration fee for children 5 and under is FREE, while children 6-12 is $10.00 as a YMCA member and $15 non-member, ages 13 and up $20 as a YMCA member and $25 nonmember. A $5 fee will be added to any registrations received the day of the event.

Join the YMCA’s efforts to support Talbot Hospice Foundation and Camp Lazy Days by registering online at www.talbotymca.org or signing up at the YMCA of Talbot County, 202 Peachblossom Road, Easton, Maryland 21601. For more information on the event or becoming a sponsor, call Lily Townsend at 410-822-0566 extension 36 or email her at ltownsend@talbotymca.org. All checks payable to the YMCA Run for Hospice.