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Sixth Chilkat River Walk/Run/Ride happens May 12

HAINES, April 27, 2012 — The sixth annual Chilkat River Walk/Run/Ride from Klukwan to Haines takes place on Saturday, May 12, to raise funds for the Chilkat Valley Cancer Travel Fund and raise awareness about breast cancer and breast health. This is the second year participants can run or bicycle the course, in addition to walking.

The 23-mile walk/run/ride from Klukwan to Haines starts at 8 a.m. at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Klukwan Health Center and ends at the Haines School. A bus departs the school at 7:15 a.m. to take participants to the start of the course, along with a trailer to haul your bicycle. There is a second start time at 10 a.m. at 10-Mile for people who want to support the cause, but want to start later and not complete the entire course. The bus departs the school at 9:30 a.m. for the second start. The bus returns to Haines from 10-Mile at noon, and it will have water and be able to pick up people who need to leave the course.

Participants are encouraged to pack their own water bottles and snacks since there will be only be three aid stations along the route. There will be volunteers driving the highway with “Support Vehicle” markings that will have water and snacks. The event ends at the Haines School.

This walk/run/ride event is open to all ages and genders. There is a $10 suggested donation that goes to the Chilkat Valley Cancer Travel Fund, which provides a one-time travel stipend for Haines residents diagnosed with cancer. Participants also can obtain pledge sheets for people to gather sponsors. Since the first year of the Chilkat River Walk (2007), approximately 450 participants have raised about $6,700 for the travel fund and other cancer causes.

“In addition to raising funds with this walk, we hope to keep awareness high that early detection of breast cancer saves lives,” said Pam Sloper, RN, a WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program Patient Care Coordinator at the SEARHC Haines Health Center. “Along with our partners at AP&T and the Haines Well and Fit Community Council, we are committed to educating everyone about the importance of good nutrition and exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and decreasing your breast cancer risk. Get a group of friends together, have some fun, enjoy the beautiful route and raise funds for a great cause.”

To learn more about the Chilkat River Walk, contact SEARHC’s Kathryn Friedle at 766-6366 or Pam Sloper at 766-6367. This event is sponsored by the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T), and the Haines Well and Fit Community Council, with contributions from Olerud’s Market Center, Howser’s IGA store, Sockeye Cycle, the Southeast Alaska State Fair and Alaska Guardhouse Lodging.

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