More than 300 runners, walkers and their canine companions will join former racehorses to participate in the 10th Annual Run/Walk for the Horses 5K on Saturday, August 31st at the Orenda Pavilion in Saratoga Spa State Park.
The event, which features a sanctioned 5K and ½ mile Kids’ Fun Run, is designed to raise awareness about aftercare for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses. At least a dozen former racehorses will be walking the course. Horses will be on site throughout the event, so everyone attending can pet the horses, give them some treats and get some great photos.
Honorary Race Chairman, Ramon Dominguez said “Thoroughbred racing is in my veins and has brought so much joy to me and my family. We would not be here without these beautiful animals.” He continued, “they have a special place in my heart. We do so much to care for them when they are racing, but we also owe it to them to provide for their welfare when their racing careers are done.”
“Racehorses generally retire at an average age of five and can live another 20-25 years beyond that.” said Jennifer Stevens, director of development and communications at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). Stevens explained that hundreds of former racehorses in the Capital Region, in the care of numerous aftercare organizations including the TRF, New Vocations, ReRun, and Heading for Home. Each of these organizations will showcase their horses, and their unique missions at the event on August 31st.
The day begins at 7 a.m. with check-in. The ½ mile Kids’ Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. and is followed at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K race start. All 5K registrants receive a race t-shirt. 5K pre-event registration is $25 and day of event registration is $30. There is a $5 fee for the Kids’ Fun Run. Prizes will be offered to all race and walk divisions. The event also features a canine division with prizes. Light breakfast snacks and beverages will be available. For more event information and to register or to volunteer, please visit : www.trfinc.org/event/run-for-the-horses-5k