Hoofin’ It Trail Run set for May 11

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By Heather Lusk

Runners can follow in the hoofsteps of the horses at Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center during the first ever Hoofin’ It Trail Run.

Morning Dove Executive Director Liz Coit plays a therapeutic game with rider Jay Perkins at Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding. (File photo by Sara Baldwin Schatz)

Morning Dove is conducting the 5K run and 1-mile run/walk May 11 at its Zionsville facility, 7444 West 96th St..

The course will weave through the property.

“It gives (runners) the chance to take in a little piece of Zionsville that not many get to see,” said Bailee Reynolds, development director for Morning Dove. “We want to show Boone County as a whole what we’re doing.”

Horses used for therapeutic riding will be in the pastures along the course.

In addition to the 5K, a 1-mile family run and walk will be on a stroller-friendly path.

“It’s something fun and cheap,” Reynolds said.

This is the first time the center has played host to a trail run. Reynolds wants to raise awareness more than money and expects the event will continue at the new location in Whitestown when the facility is built.

Proceeds from the race will go toward program operations, horse care and improving the At Risk Program, such as increasing program awareness at Boone County Schools.

Morning Dove has 12 horses at the facility for more than 60 riders who are currently enrolled. Reynolds said additional riders are on a waiting list. The new facility will be able to accommodate more horses and riders.

Visitors and participants can to learn about the program and volunteer opportunities. Parking will be available on the property.

Registration for the 5K is $30 until April 13. The 1-mile run/walk is $25 through May 10. For more, visit morningdovetrc.org/hoofin-it-trail-run.


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