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The Little Moe 5K Walk/Run
Sat, May 11, 2019
About This Activity
NOTE: Online registration has closed but registration is still available in person at Fleet Feet Dewitt from 4-7pm on Friday, May 10th, and on Saturday, May 11th at Green Lakes State Park starting at 7:30am. (ROUTE MAP HERE.)
Kick off Mother's Day Weekend with a family-friendly, pet-friendly walk/run along the beautiful trails at Green Lakes State Park, with professional chip timing for competitive runners and a warm, welcoming atmosphere for first-timers. Inspired by the life of Little Moe the rescued pony, this event is a love-fest celebrating our love of horses, all animals, and our moms! Bring your dogs -- we've even had a few goats participate (on a leash, of course!), bring your moms, or bring your whole family for discounted group rates for celebrating Mother's Day together.
Packet pick-up is available at Fleet Feet Dewitt on Friday, May 10th from 4-7pm, and also starting at 7:30am on race day. Same-day registration opens at 7:30am. Race start time is 8:30am.
Commemorate a special animal or person who has touched your life by bringing a memento to add to our Celebration of Love Memorial Collage.
All proceeds go to support rescued horses at The Haven at Skanda, the nonprofit organization that cares for Central New York's most vulnerable rescued horses, farm animals, and endangered species. To learn more about The Haven at Skanda: www.thehavenatskanda.org
The Story of Little Moe: On a day in February 2013, Skanda received a phone call that forever changed our course. The CNY SPCA asked Skanda owner Marion Secor if she was willing to accept 14 wild ponies who were starving in a snowy field. Without questioning, Marion gave her answer: Yes.
When the ponies arrived, most were near death. Some were so weak and emaciated they could not stand. The weakest among them, a sweet and gentle yearling, brought Marion to tears. She knelt down beside him as he lay on the ground, and cried for what had happened to him. He could not eat or drink on his own. The little yearling was also blind. For seven days Skanda provided round-the-clock care, hand feeding him hay, and giving him water through a syringe. Modig could not see us and he had never encountered people before, but from the moment he was carried off the trailer, he melted into the love and tenderness that embraced him, trusting us implicitly. His courage—for which he is named—changed us. But it was not just us….
The community was also deeply touched by him. A local equestrian who had helped in his rescue donated bales of soft straw for his bed, and two Amish friends showed up each day to help him stand. It was the gift of a firehose from a local fire department that allowed us to lift him gently to his feet, so he could build his strength. There were many others who also stepped in to offer their love and support, both to Little Moe and to us, so we could take breaks to rest and find our own strength again to keep going. For the seven days Moe spent with us before he died, this little horse and his pure heart showed us a truth about the essence of animals, a truth that offers a profound possibility for all of us. In the midst of great pain and trauma, he let go into trust. He did not hold on, he simply loved.