By Adianna Bermudez

This Halloween weekend, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is hosting a free virtual 5K event, and participants have their choice of how and when to complete the event.

“Some people may go out and do a run on their own, or maybe do a Peloton bike,” says Tim Harrison, the vice president of corporate partnerships and special events at PCH.

“Some may just be a family going out on a hike or walk.”

Social distancing is encouraged during the event.

Participants have from October 30 to November 1 to complete it. To register for the free event, visit PCH5K.org.

There, participants can choose to register as an individual, start a new team or join an existing team. Then they can set their fundraising goal, which starts at $250. This becomes their donation page.

It is encouraged that participants form teams and dress up in costumes to get in the Halloween spirit. They can share photos and videos on social media with #PCH5K.

“It makes it more fun,” Harrison says.

The first 1,000 registered adults will receive a PCH-branded cooling towel and an event bib to wear on their shirt.

The first 150 registered children 12 and younger will receive a commemorative medal and Kid’s Dash bib.

Phoenix Children’s hosts a 5K run every year to fundraise for its Hope fund, which finances over 60 hospital programs and services.

According to the PCH Foundation website, “Very often the funds are used to support areas that promote family-centered healing, such as pet-assisted therapy, child life services or pastoral care.”

Other programs include a school, library and summer camp.

Harrison says the virtual run has always meant to bring people together in support of an important cause. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person 5K was not possible.

“We’re lucky the Phoenix Children’s brand is big around the Phoenix market place. People already have a connection to the hospital,” Harrison says.

The 5K was switched to a virtual setting to ensure the safety of community members and to continue to raise money for children and families.

“The need of the hospital is so great.” Harrison says.

“I hope people can really feel like they’re helping those stuck in the hospital and going through really hard times.”

PCH 5K, PCH5K.org.

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