SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Runners and walkers will make their way through the trails of Slippery Rock University's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center for a good cause when the center offers a 5K Run and 3K Walk Aug. 10.
The event, open to SRU employees and the public, will support the Rider Scholarship Fund. Storm Harbor provides riding opportunities with a focus on riders with disabilities. SRU students gain practical experience by running many of the programs.
The first 100 registrants will receive a "swag bag" filled with products, and random prizes will be given away the day of the event.
Christiana Gage, an adapted physical activity graduate student from Fabius, N.Y., said she developed the idea for a benefit race after having to plan an imaginary event for one of her graduate classes.
"I decided that since I was remaining in Slippery Rock University over the summer, I would ask the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center staff what their fundraising plans were and if this would be a good opportunity for us to reach out to the community for support," Gage said. "The design of the center is to offer services to surrounding communities, and now we are turning to the community to donate their morning to come see exactly what we have to offer as well as work toward healthier living."
The run and walk courses take participants through trails that surround the barn and pastures, she said. The event will begin on the center's new Sensory Trail in front of the barn, which riders with disabilities use, so participants will see aspects of the riding programs.
After the race, the top participants in each race will receive gift card donations from local companies such as Camelot, Ginger Hill and North Country Brewing Co.
Gage said she has been participating in 5Ks for six years and stepped up recently to 10K and 15Ks. "I love promoting physical fitness and getting groups together to participate in such events," she said.
Pre-registration is $15 per participant and due by Aug. 5. The fee is $20 for those who register after Aug. 5, including race day.
The 5K will begin at 9 a.m., the 3K at 9:10 a.m. Registration forms are available at http://www.sru.edu/academics/colleges/ches/stormharbor/Documents/5K%20reg%20packet-Fillable.pdf.
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