The 3rd Annual “Capturing the Moment” 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, August 25 and this year participants will get a first-hand view of what their efforts have accomplished.
Paula Vistad, Foundation Director at Heartland Care Center, said this year the event will conclude with a tour of the new Memory Care Unit, which was built to accommodate Alzheimer's and other dementia patients.
But, that's not the only difference this year.
Vistad said about a dozen banners have been placed along the route with health tips and other bits of information.
The route is also different this year, although it remains 5K in length.
“Tammy Riggin coordinated the route so we go past the Memory Care Unit,” she said. “Those who can't stay for the tour can go past it.”
Riggin, along with Brianne Langton and Amber Leevers, are serving as co-chairs of the event.
The unit, which is scheduled to open next month, will feature 16 beds and is the only local facility of its kind. Currently, the nearest facilities are in Aneta and Grand Forks.
“We should be open in September of this year,” said Vistad.
She said all of the proceeds from the walk will be used locally, with some used to fund a speaker that visited Devils Lake earlier this summer to speak on dementia.
“Part of our goal is to provide education on Alzheimer's and dementia issues for the public,” she said. “This is one of our first steps, hopefully we'll be able to do a lot more.”
Vistad said the past two events have each drawn close to 200 participants, making them two of the largest 5K events ever held in the Lake Region.
“To me, that says there's a great need,” she said. “They want to come out.”
Vistad said they have once again received much help from local businesses, who have donated water for the route, coffee, snacks and more.
“All of those expenses would add up if we had to take it out of our profits,” she noted.
Some local businesses, she said, have formed teams of employees to walk in the event. At least one local business plans to match what the employees raise.
“We just ask and they're right there to help,” she said.
Vistad said those who would like to help, but do not want to participate in the walk, may volunteer to help at the park that morning. She said one volunteer plans to braid the hair of young girls with feathers and day care will be offered, in addition to the distribution of snacks, beverages and registration forms.
Page 2 of 2 - “There's going to be a lot of activity in the park that day,” Vistad said. “If you don't want to do the walk/run, you can come out and donate your time.”
Vistad said volunteers are asked to call ahead and she will find a job for them to do and order a t-shirt for them.
“People are very excited,” Vistad said. “So many people said they can't wait to do it again.”
The 3rd Annual “Capturing the Moment” 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, August 25 at Ruger Park, beginning at 10 a.m. Packets can be picked up Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mercy Therapy.
For more information or to volunteer call Vistad at (701) 662-4905, ext. 438.