CHESTERTOWN — Kent Association of Riding Therapy, which has been providing a free therapeutic horseback riding program for Kent County Public Schools students with special needs for 35 years, is hosting the Chestertown Challenge Half-Marathon and 5K run/walk Sunday, Oct. 6.

Both events begin (at 9 a.m.) and end at Wilmer Park.

Proceeds will be used to pay for certified therapeutic riding instructors; horse care and equipment; special lifts and ramps for wheelchair riders; and helmets, harnesses and safety gear for all riders.

Advanced registration is $25 for the 5K and $50 for the half-marathon. The cost increases to $30 and $60, respectively, after Sept. 29.

To register online, visit or

For more information or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and have a logo on the tech shirts, contact Renee Bench, KART president, at

Packet pickup and race day registration will be available at 8 a.m. Tech shirts, awards and medals will be presented at the race.

The course is part of the Trisports Events Ultimate Challenge Series; the 5K and half-marathon courses are USA Track&Field-certified.

The Oct. 6 fundraiser also will raise awareness of KART, which has expanded its services, in partnership with Bridges at Worthmore, to include adults from Kent Center and a veterans program, according to a news release.

In the summer, KART provides therapeutic riding for participants at Camp Fairlee, an Easter Seals respite camp.

Last year, more than 225 riders in KART programs benefitted from therapeutic horseback riding through physical, cognitive and social improvements, according to the news release.

KART is a nonprofit and an agency of the United Way of Kent County.

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