Join us for the Alphabet 5K *Run*Walk*Ride* A-Z!

Saturday, October 22, 2016 • 8:30am-12:00pm • Statesville NC

This event will promote awareness and raise money to provide animal-assisted and nature-based therapeutic and educational opportunities for children and adults. With your participation, we can work towards our goal of promoting innovation, education, collaboration and professional service delivery in any field of activity leveraging the horse-human connection. Additionally, you are supporting the development of The Discovery Trail at Rocky Creek, an equine-accessible, multi-dimensional sensory experience intended for therapeutic and educational use. 


Learn more below about how to participate and REGISTER TODAY!

5K Run or Walk

Early Bird Adult/Teen $30  |  Youth [Under 12] $5  |  After Oct 1 $40  

  • Run, walk or hike from A to Z!
  • This is a TRAIL course, with graduated terrain (hills) and natural obstacles.
  • Off-road strollers are okay.
  • No dogs allowed with the exception of Certified Service and/or Therapy dogs.
  • Prizes and superlatives awarded.


1-mile Fun Run

Early Bird Adult/Teen $10  |  Youth [Under 12] $5  |  After Oct 1 $15  

  • A fun and easy way to participate over a 1-mile course, experiencing a sampler of our alphabet-inspired sensory stations!
  • This is a TRAIL course, with graduated terrain (hills) and natural obstacles.
  • Off-road strollers are okay.
  • Well-suited for younger participants.
  • No dogs allowed with the exception of Certified Service and/or Therapy dogs.
  • Prizes and superlatives awarded.


Fit-Trail Challenge

Early Bird Adult/Teen $20  |  Youth [Under 12] $5  |  After Oct 1 $25  

  • Challenge yourself to complete our ½ mile, 20-station Fit-Trail!
  • This is a TRAIL course, with graduated terrain (hills) and fitness equipment/prompts from stretching to weight-bearing exercises.
  • Suitable for adults and children, fitness enthusiasts to serious athletes.
  • No dogs allowed with the exception of Certified Service and/or Therapy dogs.
  • Prizes and superlatives awarded.


5K Trail Ride {Horseback}

Early Bird All Ages $40  |  After Oct 1 $75  

  • Climb in the saddle and ride from A to Z!
  • This is a TRAIL course, with graduated terrain (hills), varied footing and natural obstacles, including bridges.
  • Stations contain interactive sensory elements that may affect the behavior of an inexperienced horse.
  • Please contact us for more details on the trail obstacles.
  • NO BEGINNER RIDERS.
  • Riders may have a leader or side-walker if desired.
  • NO STALLIONS.
  • There is LIMITED SPACE for rider registration due to trailer parking.
  • Prizes and superlatives awarded.

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||  CLICK HERE to RSVP on our FB Event page!

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||  Inquire about Volunteer opportunities: equuvationinc@gmail.com

The event will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 along The Discovery Trail at Rocky Creek, Statesville, NC. The event will kick off at 8:30 am with the Fun Run and Fit-Trail Challenge; runners will start off the day, followed by hikers/walkers and then trail riders/equestrians.

No dogs allowed with the exception of Certified Service and/or Therapy dogs.

We are a NO SMOKING facility.


FAQ [about the Alphabet 5K]


How would you describe the course?
The course is a TRAIL that includes: graduated terrain (both uphill and downhill), varied footing surfaces (grass, dirt, gravel, asphalt, stone dust), mostly shady areas and lots of turns. There are several bridges along the trail with no go-arounds (the bridges are horse-friendly). There are no direct water crossings, but the trail does run along Little Rocky Creek in parts. Any hazards along the trail are marked (roots, rocks) and there will be volunteers along the trail to guide participants.


What time does the event start?
Registration opens at 7:30am. Runners and hikers will begin the course(s) at 8:30am. Horseback riders will begin the course at 10:00am. 
 

What elements might I encounter at the sensory stations?
This question is most frequently asked by our trail rider/equestrian participants! The sensory stations are populated with a variety of interactive and stationary elements. Some elements make noise, some are very large, and some will blow in the wind. Examples of elements in the stations are: Abacus and Alligators at A; Basketball and Bridges at B; Color Wheel and Chimes at C; a giant Chess set and Drum Circle; Dinosaurs at D; Elephant at E; Flags at F; Giraffe and Gorilla at G; Hippo at H; Ice Cream at I; Jellyfish (large and free-flowing!) at J; and much more. The second half of the trail is not as populated because we are STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION on stations N-Z. All of the signage is in place, but the large elements are not. You may walk through the stations without leaving the main trail, and avoid interacting with many of the elements. We are working on a video to show participants the course ahead of time.
 

If I am bringing kids, can we stop and play in the stations along the way?
Yes, although there will be a time limit. Runners and hikers will hit the trail at 8:30, and will have a 2 hour time limit to complete the course. For those who are racing the course, we are assuming you will not be stopping in the stations; but for those who are hiking through, you must be through the finish like by 10:30am, as trail riders will start at 10:00am. To keep everyone safe, we are not allowing horses on the trail at the same time as hikers/runners.


Will there be food available on-site?
We will provide bottled water and a variety of complimentary healthy snacks, but there will NOT be concessions/meals available for purchase on-site.


What happens if it rains?
If we get unusually heavy rain leading up to the event, there is a chance we would postpone due to the trail being unsafe. However, if we receive light to moderate rain the day-of, we will still host the event as most of the trail is under cover in thick wooded areas. Not to mention, we are all outdoorsy people, right?
 

Please note: It is imperative for all participants to follow the direction of posted signs and volunteers/staff on the day-of this event. If you have any questions, please contact Erica at rcdiscoverytrail@gmail.com.

Presenting Sponsor


Community Sponsors


Fit-Trail Challenge Sponsor


Alphabet Sponsors


Award Sponsors