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Giddy Up & Gallop Details

Published: March 3, 2015 1:38 pm ET

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Standardbred Canada is partnering with Grand River Raceway to deliver a fresh twist on its popular running race, ‘Giddy Up & Gallop.’

The revamped event features a half-mile fun-run for kids ages 5 – 14. Participants will run one lap on the Elora, Ont. racetrack, between the horse races, on Friday, June 12, 2015.

The event will benefit The Community Resource Centre of North & South Wellington (CRCNSW), a community benefit agency located in nearby Fergus. The efforts of CRCNSW are designed to fill gaps in community service, including transportation, outreach and support programs, childcare and Ontario Early Years.

In addition to receiving partial proceeds from the event, race entry fees for 20 local children from CRCNSW programs will be sponsored by horse racing trainers and drivers.

In past years, the Giddy Up and Gallop Fun Run has raised funds for the Friends Of We Care, Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy, The Children’s Wish Foundation, the Chase MacEachern Foundation and The Equestrian Association for the Disabled.

Event Details:

The running race will be staged as part of Grand River Raceway’s popular Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Night. Friends and family members can gather in the grandstand or trackside to cheer on runners. The race will also be televised on in-house monitors and shown as part of the track’s live broadcast, streamed at

Afterwards, runners and their entourage can enjoy a full night of live horse racing entertainment, which includes plenty of dining options, contests on The Tarmac Show, and free kids’ horse education and activities in The NEIGHbourhood under the Tarmac Tent

Kit pick-up starts at 5:30 p.m. under the Tarmac Tent. Post time for the first of 12 horse races is 6:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies and the running race kick-off at 6:45 p.m. There will be a warm up and a special Mascot Race at a distance of 50 metres before the race.

Following the run, there will be a complimentary snack and awards ceremony for all participants.

Click here to register.

The cost to participate is $15 if you sign up before April 30. After April 30, the cost increases to $20. After May 31, registration is $25.

The first 300 registered runners will receive a free souvenir t-shirt.

For race information, contact Kathy Wade Vlaar at [email protected].

For sponsorship information, or to donate a prize to the event, contact Kelly Spencer at [email protected].

For information about the CRCNSW, contact Karen Goodman at [email protected].

(Grand River Raceway)

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