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Secretariat’s birthplace site of new 5k to benefit AITC

DOSWELL—Want to test your running skills on the same grounds that a champion was born?

If so, sign up today for the Stampede 5K Race at the State Fair of Virginia on Oct. 7. The race begins at 8 a.m.

“You might say racing is in our blood at the State Fair of Virginia, considering it’s the birthplace of legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat,” said Greg Hicks, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation vice president of communications. “In addition to the timed 5,000-meter race, we’re also offering a family pet walk and a kid’s run so everyone can enjoy it.”

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Virginia AITC is a statewide educational program that provides teachers with resources and lesson plans they can use to integrate agriculture across the curriculum. The lesson plans enable elementary school teachers to help educate Virginia children about the vital role agriculture plays in their everyday lives, Hicks said.

The race will take place at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County and will wind through various agricultural exhibits in a loop that is mostly on pavement with a small portion on hilly grass. The starting line will be near the Southern States Legends Stable on the eastern side of the fairgrounds.

Registered participants will receive a t-shirt, water stops, professional timing and breakfast. Registration is free for runners who go the extra mile and make a donation of $75 or more on the site.

For more information or to register online, go to The registration fee is $25 before Sept. 17, but you may register up to the day of the event. The Kid’s Run registration is $10.

Contact Parke Sterling, Virginia AITC, at 804-290-1144 or Norm Hyde, VFBF communications, at 804-290-1146.
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