On your mark, get set, go! 

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Walk/Run 4 Alzheimer’s event taking place in Wakamow Valley on Aug. 27, starting at 8 a.m. at the Connor’s Park Pavilion. 

Runners will have the choice of running or walking 5K or 10K trails around the Moose Jaw River to raise money for Alzheimer’s Disease research. 

And you don’t have to be a competitive runner either. 

“It's a family event. It's non-competitive. Everyone's welcome and dogs are welcome on a leash as long as they're friendly,” said race director Sarah Clarke. 

Clarke added that some of the terrain is hilly, so those who chose to bring strollers could experience some difficulties. 

This is the fourth annual run as organizers were able to keep the event going during the pandemic. Although the event took on a different look the past couple of years to adhere to pandemic guidelines, this year will return to normal. 

All money raised from the event will go towards the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan. In the past four years, the event has raised over $20,000.

“Fifty per cent of the money will go to research, and then the other 50 per cent is in the community to support the organization and families and just to keep the organization running,” Clarke said. 

According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan, over 18,000 people in Saskatchewan have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and, by 2038, the economic cost of dementia will reach $6.2 billion per year. 

You can register for the race by visiting www.walkrun4alz.com