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Whistlerites challenged to hike in support of Alzheimer Society

70,000-km hiking challenge open to all
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This year's Climb for Alzheimer's is going virtual. Photo submitted.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s (ASBC) annual Climb for Alzheimer’s at North Vancouver’s Grouse Grind may not be taking place in the traditional sense in 2020, but British Columbians province-wide are still invited to climb for the cause.

ASBC is challenging the province to come together to hike a total of 70,000 kilometres—or one for each individual living with dementia in B.C—to raise funds and show support for dementia patients.

The virtual event runs until World Alzheimer’s Day on Sept. 21.

“Although the location has changed and adapted, the heart of the event remains,” said Maria Howard, chief executive officer of ASBC, in a release.

“The Climb continues to be a challenging, fun, invigorating event that makes a real difference to people in our province affected by dementia. It shows people living with dementia that they are not alone.”

Participants can register as individuals or as a team and are encouraged to share their hiking and climbing challenges online, which organizers hope “will help to galvanize the community spirit and energy that makes the event so special.”

Money raised will support research, as well as programs and education for those affected by dementia.

ASBC asks hikers to follow physical distancing recommendations, and recommends they check the BC Parks website or another online resource before leaving as some trails may be closed or adapted.