Rowan Hospice schedules first ever 5K event

Published 12:10 am Monday, November 2, 2015

A local health organization will have its first ever 5K later this month to help raise money for hospice and palliative care.

Rowan Hospice will have a Share the Care 5K on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center — 612 Mocksville Avenue in Salisbury — to help raise money for medical care. A half-mile fun run is also scheduled for children under eight years old. Additional activities will include live entertainment.

Registration for the event opens at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 14. A group warm-up is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m. Walkers and runners are both welcome to participate in the 5K. Timing for the run is provided by the Salisbury Rowan Runners.

The fun run will be at 10 a.m.

The registration fee is $25 and includes a custom-designed, performance shirt; pre-run and post-run refreshments; entertainment; runner awards and complete run results.

“We are so excited about this event. It’s our first ever and we are hoping a great crowd will join us for both the fun and fellowship and to help support our mission of providing compassionate care,” said Edwina Ritchie, Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care’s Director of the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. “Hospice care is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. However, that reimbursement does not fully cover the cost of our care. That’s why we rely, in part, on donations from the community.”

Ritchie said the walk and run are open to everyone in the community.

Proceeds will benefit patients and families in Rowan and surrounding counties,” added Ritchie.

“It’s a great opportunity to honor or remember a loved one as well,” Ritchie said. “We believe our Rowan Hospice Share the Care 5K is a perfect way for the community to support our mission.”

For additional information or to register, please call 704-637-7645 or visit