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Letter: Hike for Health a huge success

'I am humbled and grateful to be a part of this truly special community'
More than 200 hikers, including the Regan and Warm families, came out for the inaugural Hike for Health event on Sunday, June 19. The event raised more than $75,000 for the Whistler Health Care Foundation.

The Whistler community has done it again! The Hike for Health on Sunday, June 19 was a huge success, raising over $75,000 with more than 200 participants hiking up the stunning Ascent Trails on Blackcomb Mountain. All money raised is going directly to the Whistler Health Care Foundation (WHCF) to be used for equipment upgrades at the Whistler Health Care Centre. 

This event would not have been possible without the enormous generosity of our community. Thank you to Whistler Blackcomb (with a special shout out to Cynthia Buck) for hosting us on the Ascent Trails. Thank you to all our generous sponsors, in particular the Touchet family as our Heart Burn sponsor, as well as our Big Burn sponsors: the Evans family, John and Bonnie Schmelke, Julia and Justin Smith, Richard and Tracy Tory, and Dave Burch. Thank you to our amazing volunteers including Dave Clark for his DJ skills, Meaghan Sutter from Peak Training for the pre-hike warm up, Nesters for our sustenance, Gatorade for the fuel that kept us going, Whistler Search and Rescue and the Garibaldi Volunteer Fire Department for watching out for our safety, Jasmine Robinson of Quiver Creative for her amazing graphic design skills, and so many others who quietly worked behind the scenes to make this event possible. 

In addition to raising money for our centre, Hike for Health is also our way of thanking the staff at the Whistler Health Care Centre who keep us safe every day. Once again, I am humbled and grateful to be a part of this truly special community. See you all next year as we set our sights on the Rendezvous!

Jen Black // Hike for Health Committee chair, vice chair of the WHCF