Despite the drizzly, wet weather on Saturday afternoon, a few hundred people participated in the second annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event in Alexandria.

“The rain wasn’t so great, but spirits were up and people were determined to still show up to make an impact,” said Katrice Sisson with the Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND Chapter. “Despite the rain, we still had 300 people in attendance. This was up from last year’s attendance of 225.”

The event took place at City Park with participants walking to Big Ole and back.

The fundraising goal for the Alexandria Walk to End Alzheimer’s is $60,000 and so far, Sisson said the event has raised $52,000. Donations are accepted through Dec. 31. Last year’s event, held in Alexandria for the first time, raised $57,000.

“We are so grateful for the support of the community so that we can serve more people with education, support groups, care consultations, 24/4 helpline, advocacy at the state and federal level and of course, to fund cutting-edge breakthroughs in dementia/Alzheimer’s research,” said Sisson.