Special People United to Ride (SPUR) Launches 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

You can sprint, jog, walk or stroll the USATF (USA Track & Field) certified 5K course for our Hoofin’ It For SPUR 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at Thompson Park on November 19, 2017.  All proceeds will support the Special People United to Ride (SPUR) therapeutic horsemanship program.

Located in Lincroft, at the Monmouth County Park System’s Sunnyside Equestrian Center, SPUR is a program that brings the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship to our community.  Riders with a variety of physical, cognitive and developmental challenges benefit from weekly riding sessions, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvement in life skills.  As SPUR’s ridership has more than doubled in the last four years so has the need for financial support for our students.

“Because our program has grown, we decided to move the event to Thompson Park,” said Lisa Haskell, Program Coordinator, Sunnyside Equestrian Center. “The USTAF certified 5K course will appeal to runners of all levels, and we added a one price registration fee for both the 5K and the 1 mile so the more serious runner can run the 5K and then join their family or friends for the 1 mile.”

Hoofin’ It for SPUR 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held at the Monmouth County Park System’s Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Middletown, Sunday, November 19. Registration and race packet pick up starts at 7:45 a.m.; 5K race starts at 9:00 a.m.; 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:45 a.m.

Registration includes entry to both the 5K and the 1-mile Fun Run.  Participants can run one or run both, and siblings, parents and friends can participate together. The registration fee is $30 (adults) and $20 (under 12). Online registration is at

For more information, call 732.224.1367 or email

SPUR is a 501 (c)(3) organization that works in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System and Sunnyside Equestrian Center. For more information about the SPUR program, visit


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