By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- One local organization is encouraging the community to get some exercise Saturday, Oct. 12, all while helping to rescue local thoroughbred horses.
Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds of Port St. John will host the "Family Fun, Walk, Stroll or Roll" event at Wickham Park.
The event will be the organization's first public "friend raiser."
"We are very excited," said Suzanna Norris, executive director and founder of HART. "This is a great opportunity to meet our horses and experience several different games (with the community)."
After the race, Ms. Norris said the public will be allowed the opportunity to meet some of the organization's rescued equine ambassadors and find out some the stories of these horses, while also learning more about the organization.
Local vendors will also be on location, and the event will feature other team-based activities, such as horseshoes, volleyball and swimming.
Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., and the 'Fun Run' starts at 8 a.m.
Entries for the race are $10 for an individual and $25 for a group.
In addition to the race, Ms. Norris said that prizes will be awarded to the individual, family or team, who collects the most donations before the race, keeps a donor list and turns it in at registration.
Winners will be announced at the post-race party.
HART is a Brevard-based nonprofit that has rescued, rehabilitated and found homes for more than 50 unwanted thoroughbred horses, after their racing careers are over.
Many of the horses were found abandoned, abused, starving or in threat of being put down.
In addition to helping horses, HART also works on community outreach, working with the KLD Foundation on Merritt Island in an equine facilitated learning program for at-risk youth.
For more information, contact Pam Morrison, event coordinator, at (321) 474-0162.