Mock Mount Everest

A man dressed as a yeti eagerly handed out high fives to people trying to run the distance of Mount Everest. (Carolyn Ray/CBC)

Halifax’s Citadel Hill doubled as Mount Everest on Sunday morning as more than a hundred people looped up and down the slope to raise money for the Arthritis Society.

Twenty-six teams and some individuals made 80 loops up the hill to raise money for the organization. They said that's the equivalent to the elevation of Mount Everest.

A man dressed as a yeti eagerly handed out high fives to cheer them on.

“Getting a little sore, getting a little sore for sure,” said Arthritis Society chair Jamie Davison as he stopped to catch his breath after his 15th lap.

The event was completed with a base camp and a station offering a hot bowl of soup.

Some of the participants who had climbed the real Everest laughed that the smooth pavement of the hill isn't quite the same challenge.

“We've got 25 teams so far this year and again, it's our first year so that's pretty good,” said Davison.

The event raised $16,000.