LIVERMORE -- To participate in Hope for Hospice's "The Hike for Hope 2013," you don't need to have witnessed firsthand the Dublin-based nonprofit agency's 33 years of compassionate care for people with life-limiting illnesses.
All you need is to love the outdoors and to head, this year, to Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore on May 4.
After two years at Sunol Regional Wilderness Park, a construction project at that park means the annual hike will offer a relocated opportunity to support a good cause while gallivanting through the regional park just south of Livermore.
Two options for circling the park's centerpiece 5-mile long lake are available. Near the water, a 2.6-mile-round-trip route can be completed or shortened for those who have only a mile in their hiking legs. A longer, 4.4-mile trek with moderate inclines follows the Ridgeline and Hetch Hetchy trails. If you've somehow managed to bypass the park's rolling hills, sweeping expanses and heart-lifting valley views, you can lace up your boots, slap on the sunscreen, pack a lunch and hit the road, er, trail.
"Many of the participants hike in memory of a loved one, including many families who hike as a team," says Annual Giving Manager Carolyn Siegfried.
There's Jacky Poulsen, a Livermore resident whose parents received hospice care in their final weeks, causing her to hike every year since the event's inception. There's Rosie Yandell, a longtime volunteer who finds reason for gratitude in giving back to an organization she knows we -- or our family members -- may all need during our lifetimes.
Over the past two years, more than 700 people have attended each of the walks and a total of more than $150,000 has been raised.
Early registration is $25 before April 18, $35 after. Sign up at TheHikeForHope.com or call Hope Hospice at 925-829-8770. Hikers can go the extra mile by collecting supporting donations. Nonhikers can register as an "In-Spirit" hiker at the website.
What: "Hike for Hope"
When: 8:30-10 a.m. May 4; registration; event ends at noon.
Where: Fiesta Grande Group Picnic Area, Del Valle Regional Park, 7000 Del Valle Rd., Livermore
Cost: Early registration $25, $35 after April 18
Details: 925-829-8770, TheHikeforHope@Hope