Kentucky Dressage Association to Host Kearney Cancer 5k Run and Fun Walk

May 1st, 2013 10:11 AM | Comments Off on Kentucky Dressage Association to Host Kearney Cancer 5k Run and Fun Walk
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Event Named In Honor Of Former KDA Member Mary Kearney

Lexington, KY (April 30th) – An estimated 17,000 Americans are diagnosed with primary brain cancer each year. While brain tumors can develop at any age, studies show that brain cancer incidences occur most commonly in children younger than eight years old and adults over age 50.

In 2012, Kentucky Dressage Association member Mary Kearney lost her battle with brain cancer. In her memory, the Kentucky Dressage Association will be hosting a 5k and fun walk on Saturday May 25th at 4.30p.m at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY to raise money for cancer research at the Markey Cancer Center.

“Dressage brought Mary and I together and her caring spirit was felt by all she met, so it seemed only fitting to hold a race in her memory at our show among so many of her friends,” said Michelle Morehead, President KDA.

In addition to the 5k and Fun Walk, a number of other family oriented events will be taking place at the park including: Stick Horse Races for the kids, a World of Breed Demonstration by the Kentucky Horse Park, and KDA Dressage Freestyle classes in the Rolex Arena.

Kentucky Ale is sponsoring the event and will award $250, $150 and $100 in prize money to the top three male and female runners. Other sponsors include The Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation, Kevin & Vicki Warren, and Jim & Michelle Morehead.

All pre-registered 5k and Fun Walk participants will receive a t-shirt on the day, featuring the logo for the event. Early registration is $25 per run/walker and ends May 13th. Late registrants are not guaranteed a t-shirt at the race. To register, please visit

KDA is hoping this will become an annual event on the Lexington calendar. If you are interested in assisting before or during the event or have questions, please contact Michelle Morehead at

“This is a fabulous opportunity to explore the Kentucky Horse Park, home of the 2010 World Equestrian Games,” said Morehead. “The park is normally limited to runners but they have very generously agreed to be the venue for the event in aid of such a great cause.”

For more information on Kentucky Dressage Association and the above shows, visit You can also follow KDA at and

The Kentucky Dressage Association, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, is a group member organization of the United States Dressage Federation. The purpose of KDA is to promote and strengthen the art and sport of Dressage in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. KDA will provide leadership to its members to assist them in fostering individual and collective growth by providing education, publications, competitions, exhibitions, and increasing general public awareness for Dressage.

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