The Run for Rural Medicine is an annual charity walk/run organized by the students in the Northern Medical Program, with support from the Prince George Road Runners.
The road race leaves from the Hart Community Centre this Sunday morning, April 14th. The Free Kids 1km Race is set for 8:45am, with the Half marathon starting at 9am, followed by the 10km distance at 9:10am, and the 5km at 9:20am.
You can register online by clicking here. It will also be possible to register at the HCC on the morning of the race. The cost is $20 for the 5km and 10km, and $30 for the Half marathon.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to Hope Air - a non-profit organization with a mission to provide Canadians in financial need with free travel to medical care far from home. Although healthcare is publicly funded, travel costs most often fall to the individuals or their families and can prove prohibitive. Hope Air's goal is to help Canadians overcome financial and geographical barriers to ensure every person has equal access to healthcare, regardless of income or location.
Prince George youngster, Harlyn, and her mom, Antasia, are just one family from the region to have benefitted from Hope Air's services. Harlyn had to be transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at BC Children's Hospital just hours after her birth, due to a rare congenital condition. Since the initial flight in 2011, Hope Air has arranged several additional flights between Prince George and Vancouver for Harlyn and her mom. (Click here, to read the full story)