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Thanksgiving Family Mile Fun Run for Orphan Pets Thurs Nov 27

Our friends at the Helen Woodward Animal Center are very excited to be part of a brand new Thanksgiving tradition at the Del Mar Racetrack!

See how you can join them for this family-friendly event to benefit the Center’s Therapeutic Riding Program, Animeals and our orphan pets.   A fabulous way to give while having fun too!

On Thursday, November 27th, Helen Woodward Animal Center will have much to be thankful for.  The Thanksgiving holiday marks the inaugural Family Mile Fun Run held at the Del Mar Racetrack with a portion of the funds going towards the Center’s Therapeutic Riding Program.  In celebration, following the people-friendly one mile run, adoptable pups will hold an adorable race of their own, with hopes of finding a forever family waiting at the finish line.  The Family Mile Fun Run kicks off at 8:00am at the Del Mar Racetrack with festivities going until 10:00am.   Then stay for horse racing with a special 11:00am post! 

In the tradition of east coast “Turkey Trots,” famous for getting families out from under the feet of those preparing the afternoon’s meal, the new San Diego tradition will gather groups and individuals on Thanksgiving morning to stretch their legs and test their speed on a real horse track.  Many favorite Del Mar jockeys will be running, jogging and walking too!  Participants will receive racetrack admission, a fun run t-shirt, and the happiness of knowing that they are giving back with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Helen Woodward Animal Center’s equestrian therapy program for children and adults with special needs.  Additional activities will include kid-focused holiday craft-making, face painting, Thanksgiving Day hat-making with the Rad Hatter, a variety of entertainers, opportunity drawings, special surprises for the whole family and, of course, the Helen Woodward Animal Center “Puppy Races Rescue Run.”

Race entry for the Family Mile Fun Run is $25 for adult runners (16 and up) and $10 for junior runners (4 – 15), with discounts available for early registration.  Children 3 and under are free.  Parking is free for all.  For more information or to register, visit

On this special day of giving, there are two additional ways for participants to get involved.  Currently, the Family Mile Fun Run is still seeking volunteers to assist with the day’s festivities.  All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt and four free passes to attend a summer meet! 

Another way to add to the giving spirit of the race is to bring a can or sealed bag of dog or cat food to donate to Helen Woodward Animal Center’s AniMeals Program.  The heartwarming program that provides food to the pets of homebound elderly clients is particularly poignant at a time when families gather together around the dinner table.  Often the pets of these clients are the only family they have and a nutritious meal for their beloved furry friend means the world to them.  Those who would like to donate a pet food item can drop it off at the Helen Woodward Animal Center booth on the day of the event.    

For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center, please visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.


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