Tot Trot 5K to assist little one abuse and animal abuse prevention | Open air

The first Tot Trot 5K will take place on Saturday morning April 24th along the greenway and track in Waynesville Rec Park.

The Walk-or-Run event is a joint initiative of two non-profit organizations: KARE, which is dedicated to preventing child abuse, and Hope for Horses, which is dedicated to helping unwanted, neglected and abused horses. The name of the race combines the missions of the two organizations: Tot for children and Trot for horses.

The race takes place in April in recognition of the month of child abuse awareness and animal cruelty prevention.

The race will take place on the Richland Creek Greenway Path and Waynesville Rec Park track. Participants complete two laps of the course for a total of 5 km. Waynesville Parks and Rec is partnering with the event to promote its Master Greenway Plan to expand the greenway to connect Waynesville and Lake Junaluska.

The race starts on the tennis court on West Marshall Street. Registration on race day starts at 8 a.m. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. with a staggered start in waves to ensure social distance.

Post-race prizes will be awarded from 12:30 p.m. at Mad Anthony’s Taproom on 180 Legion Drive Waynesville from 12:30 p.m. The first 25 participants will receive a free beer glass with additional competitions.

Both Hope for Horses and KARE will have information available through their agencies. Mad Anthony’s and Dough Boys have a beer and pizza special with outdoor seating.

The cost is $ 40 before April 19th and $ 45 after. If you register by April 19, you will receive a free T-shirt. Register online at

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