SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— More than 300 runners and a dozen former racehorses will take part in the 9th Annual Run/Walk for the Horses 5K to benefit the Racehorse Aftercare Charitable Endeavors of Saratoga (R.A.C.E.), on Saturday, Sept. 1, 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 can pet the horses, give them some treats and get some great photos.
“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, noting there are hundreds of former racehorses in this region at several different aftercare organizations.
“This race is a family friendly, healthy and fun way to help to the horses,” she added. “Donations allow us to continue to care for our current horses and help other horses in need in the future. The funds we raise go directly to the care of the horses for hay, grain, veterinary care and other horse care expenses.”
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.
“More than 20 more volunteers are still needed to ensure that the event runs smoothly,” noted Stevens. “Positions include runner check in, water station and flaggers on the course.”
“This event is not only a great way for the whole family to start off Labor Day weekend with some exercise, but also a great opportunity to support local organizations doing some really good work for these beautiful animals,” said Race Director Patrick Lynskey.
For more event information and to register or to volunteer, please visit Runforthehorses5K.com.