Hospice of Marshall County’s sixth annual Race to Remember received a Squirt of good news.
Squirt is the popular comfort cat at HMC’s inpatient facility, Shepherd’s Cove in Albertville.
The gray-and-white feline plans to leave the comfort of Shepherd’s Cove and appear at the 5K race, which is a key fundraiser for the agency.
“He will be on hand from 7-9:30 a.m. in the Snead State Community College gym to greet participants,” said Susan Sanders, public relations manager for HMC. “The first 300 race participants to visit with Squirt will receive a free autographed picture.”
Since arriving at Shepherd’s Cove in 2007, Squirt has provided a comforting sense of normalcy for patients and family members by visiting their rooms for petting or even an occasional nap, Sanders said.
The Race to Remember, which again features chip timing, is scheduled for March 3 at 8 a.m. on a certified course at Snead State Community College in Boaz.
The entry fee is $32. Student registration is $10.
Proceeds benefit Hospice of Marshall County, a nonprofit agency that provides patients with end-of-life care.
Squirt is just one of the new wrinkles added to this year’s Race to Remember:
• Participants who run in honor or in memory of someone can write the names of those loved ones in a spot on the event’s “interactive” T-shirt. Cadley Jackson, a student at Guntersville High School, created the winning T-shirt design.
• Power of Touch Massage Therapy, located at Powerhouse Gym in Albertville, is giving free chair massages to race participants from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Snead State gym.
• The top three finishers in each of the 15 age groups can have their medals personalized at Triple S Trophies and Engraving in Boaz at no charge.
• Organizers plan to shoot video of participants.
“You may be participating in the race and have a story to tell about those you are remembering,” Sanders said. “If you are running in memory of or honor of a loved one, find us on race day and let us hear your story. We want to post these on Facebook to encourage others to participate and truly make this a Race to Remember.”
Early packet pickup for participants is March 1 from 1-6 p.m. and March 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shepherd’s Cove.
The race day schedule features registration from 6:30-7:45 a.m. with the 5K run/walk starting at 8.
A 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 9 and the awards ceremony is at 9:30.
Top male and female winners receive $100 cash. Medals are awarded to the top three male and female finishers in 15 age categories.
For more information, visit www.hospicemc.org or call 256-891-7724.