Central Illinois horse therapy program holds fundraising 5K Saturday

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Central Illinois Riding Therapy, or CIRT, is a local program aimed to promote the well-being of persons with disabilities. Saturday you can help fund their mission with a Pony Express 5K.

“It’s our second annual race and we’re very excited to put this on for Central Illinois Riding Therapy to help people in Central Illinois with disabilites,” said Maureen Kiesewetter, co-race director.

Horses located in the Fondulac Park District help people with disabilities, ages four and above, increase their physical strength. This training then allows people to learn how to communicate, deal with anxiety, and even walk on their own.  CIRT helps local kids and adults. 100% of the money from saturday’s race will stay local. 

“Horses help them strengthen those core muscles so they can breathe and push oxygen up to their vocal cords, so we’ve had many of our students say their first words on the horses,” said Jenna Walker, program director. 

CLICK HERE to register. 
CLICK HERE to sponsor the race. 

The race is located at the Fondulac Administration Building at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria. 

  • Registration begins at 8 a.m.
  • 5K Gallop begins at 9 a.m.
  • 1K Fun walk/trot begins shortly after 9 a.m. 

Any questions can be directed to the CIRT Team at 309-699-3710. 

Funds raised at the event help CIRT to promote the well-being of persons with disabilities through provisions of horseback riding and other related actives. This happens within a safe and enjoyable atmosphere designed by professionals and implemented primarily by volunteers.

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