Supporting compassionate end-of-life care in our community is as simple as taking a walk in the woods!
Sunday, September 9th
Explore Park, Roanoke
Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Pre-register online in advance until Wednesday, September, 5th .

Pre-Registration:
Individual - $25.00
Student - $20.00
Team (4 or more) - $20.00


*Day of registration costs increase by $5.00.

**T-shirts and hike bags are only guaranteed for those who pre-register. Some t-shirts and hike bags will be available for day of registrants, but will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

***We regret that we cannot offer refunds in the event of inclement weather.
Benefit Night at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery:
Need a reason to enjoy a few pints this Saturday evening? Well, we have got you covered...

Come help us raise funds for the annual Roanoke Hike for Hospice from 3:00pm till 6:00pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery. Soaring Ridge will donate $1.00 for every pint sold during this time on Saturday to support the upcoming Hike fundraiser!

If you have not signed up yet to participate for this year's Hike, you will also get the chance this Saturday at Soaring Ridge. Those who attend will be able to register for the Roanoke Hike for Hospice while they enjoy their brews!
Teams:
TEAMS ARE ENCOURAGED!

We will be doing "shout outs" to the teams who attend our Hike for Hospice throughout the event. So get a group of co-workers, friends, and/or family members together and come up with a fun team name! 

For a team of 4 or more members the registration cost is only $20 per person. Not a bad deal for a t-shirt, hiking bag filled with swag, lunch and an afternoon of fun! This year's Hike for Hospice will be an event for all ages! 




You can also easily sign up as a team through our online registration!
Packet Pickup:
For those participants who pre-register for the Roanoke Hike for Hospice, we will be hosting a "packet pickup" at the Walkabout Outfitter store located at Valley View Mall.

Date:
Saturday, September 8th
Location:
Walkabout Outfitter
4822-J Valley View Blvd., NW
Roanoke, VA 24012
Time:
10:00am - 12:00pm

Pre-registered participants will be able to pick up their t-shirts and hike bags at this Walkabout Outfitter location from 10:00am - 12:00pm on the Saturday before the event. This allows participants to have their t-shirts to wear to the actual event and also have any event questions answered before the actual event on Sunday afternoon.

Participants will still be able to check-in at the pre-registered tent and get their t-shirts and bags on the afternoon of the actual event too, if they can not make it to the "packet pickup" on Saturday.
Grandparent's Day - Cherishing Memories and Making New Ones!
This year’s Roanoke Hike for Hospice coincides with national Grandparents Day! In honor of the guidance and love that grandparents bring to our families, Good Sam will have a Grandparents Day booth setup at this year’s event to celebrate grandparents who are hiking with their families and also for those participants who hike in memory of their grandparents.

For those who are able to participate with their grandparents we will be offering fall themed family photos. If you are not able to hike with your grandparents, we invite you to please bring a photograph or memento to represent your beloved grandparents in the complimentary family photos.  Photos will be free of charge , but will limited to two photos per group. Fall family photos will be posted to social media the week following the event or will be emailed at the request of the participant.

In addition to the easy hiking route (0.5 miles) into the main event area, there will also be golf carts available to help transport those who wish to participate but are not able to make the hike down to the main event area.
Main Event:
Participants will check-in for the event at the blue tents setup in the parking lot of the Explore Park Visitor Center. At check-in participants will receive their event t-shirts, hiking bags, and directions. Participants will choose from two different self-guided hiking routes  (easy and intermediate)  to lead them to the main event area at the Historic Houtz Barn located within the park.

There will be golf carts available to help those with mobility difficulties down to the main event area and there will also will be volunteers posted along the hiking routes to answer questions or offer assistance.

The main event will include:
*Massage Therapy
*Music Therapy

Participants will be able to come and go as they please from the main event area. Here are lots of trails throughout Explore Park. So after the initial hike into the main event and after enjoying a filling lunch with all the festivities, feel free to EXPLORE! Food will be served at the main event area throughout the entirety of the event time. 

Be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes and clothes to this outdoor event!

Please note, dogs are unfortunately NOT allowed to attend Roanoke County sponsored events.

There will be a few picnic tables and some seating options at the main event area, but participants are also encouraged to bring picnic blankets with them to sit and relax with their meal as they enjoy the bluegrass band and festivities!

Volunteers at the event will be wearing neon blue t-shirts. If any participant should have a question during the event please seek out a volunteer with a neon blue t-shirt.
Optional Group Hike Excursions:
There will be two optional group hike excursions - one leaving from the check-in area and one leaving from the main event area during this year's Roanoke Hike for Hospice. After participants check in at the event or after they complete their initial hike down into the main event, if they feel like going on another hike they will be able to join one of these guided hikes!

Advanced Group Hike Excursion – Deer Run Tail
Led by Walkabout Outfitters and Roanoke County Interpretive Guide
1.25 miles
Departs Houtz Barn - Main Event Area at 3:00pm

Intermediate Group Hike Excursion – Foresters Trail
Led by Society of American Foresters
0.65 miles
Departs from Visitor Center Parking Lot - Event Check In Area at 2:00pm


There will be plenty of time for participants to enjoy food and festivities at the main event area before or after either of these optional group excursion hikes.

Please see map below for more details on the optional group hike excursions offered at this year’s Roanoke Hike for Hospice!
Raffle:
Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the great outdoors prizes that will be raffled off at the 4th annual Roanoke Hike for Hospice. Raffles Tickets are $2.00 for one or $5.00 for three.  The raffle winners will be pulled at the end of the Roanoke Hike for Hospice event on Sunday, September 9th, down at Explore Park.

Your raffle ticket purchase will give a chance to win any of the prizes listed below. Purchase multiple tickets to increase your chance of winning!


* Mike’s Country Market - 2 Fall Potted Mums

*Blue Ridge Parkway Print by Local Artist, Greg Adams

* Uttara Yoga Studio - 4 Yoga Class Pack

* River Rock Climbing Gym - Gift Certificate

*Boy Scouts of America - A Brand New Hammock

* Walkabout Outfitter – Water Bottle, Carabiner, and Hat

* Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery – A Prize Pack of $20 Gift Certificate, T-shirt, Koozie, and Mason Jar

* Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing – 2 Weekend Entry Passes to Wilderness Adventure Fest

* Planet Fitness – Three Month 10NR Membership

* Mountain Laurel Designs – 3 Layer Event Rain Mitts

*Wasena Adventure Package:
- Roanoke Mountain Adventures – A Half Day Rental of Kayak, SUP Board, or Bike
- Wasena City Tap Room - $25 Gift Certificate and pint glasses



You do not have to be present to win. If your name is pulled, you will be called the Monday after the event, 9/10/2018, to be notified of which prize you won. If you have any questions regarding the raffle prizes and how to win, please call (540) 776-0198 and ask for Mary Hodges, Director of Development.
Join us in thanking our sponsors!
These businesses help make our Hike for Hospice happen.
Please support them when you can!
See you at Explore Park (MP 115)
on Sunday, September 9th!
Need more information?
Call (540) 776-0198 or visit www.hikeforhospiceva.org!
Good Samaritan Hospice | (540) 776-0198 | mhodges@goodsamhospice.org | www.goodsamhospice.org