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arthritis support

Citadel Hill becomes Virtual Everest on Nov. 12

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Nov. 7, 2017

HALIFAX – The tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest is 8,848 metres high. That is 10 times higher than the world’s highest building, and equal to the height of 4,835 six-foot people standing on top of each other.
It would take 80 trips up Citadel Hill in Halifax to equal that height, which participants in this weekend’s Virtual Everest event are about to find out.
Billed as the ultimate test of climbing endurance in Halifax, the fundraiser for the Arthritis Society will take place on Sunday, Nov. 12.

The fifth annual Virtual Everest fundraiser for the Arthritis Society will take place at Citadel Hill National Historic Site in Halifax on Sunday, Nov. 12. Shown here are participants gathering for last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of the Arthritis Society

“Exercise feeds joints, which can decrease arthritis pain, increase flexibility, and do wonders for state of mind,” she said. “The mission of Virtual Everest is to combine a thrilling challenge with a team-building fundraiser that benefits overall health and fitness.”
Participants will race up the hill 80 times at the Citadel Hill National Historic Site, on the paved access road at the corner of Ahern Avenue and Rainnie Drive. They can take on the challenge individually or share the laps in teams of up to eight participants.
This year’s event is set to be the biggest yet, according to Parliament, who said more than double the number of teams and individuals has registered, compared to last year.
The Arthritis Society has provided education, programs and support to more than 4.6 million Canadians, including 362,000 Maritimers living with arthritis. It has also been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing more than $195 million.
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“The goal of Virtual Everest is to raise funds and awareness to support the society’s vital programs, services, advocacy and research for Nova Scotians living with arthritis,” said Hailey Parliament, marketing and communications coordinator for the society in the Atlantic region. “Virtual Everest complements the society’s vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis pain by promoting health and fitness.”
The event began in 2013 as en effort to broaden awareness and engagement in the work of the Arthritis Society, while creating a unique challenge for fitness enthusiasts in Nova Scotia. One in four Nova Scotians live with arthritis, the highest prevalence in Canada.
In the past five years the event has grown into a fall highlight for many groups, corporations and athletes, becoming one of the society’s most publicized events in Canada, according to Parliament.