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Runners will get to hoof it on 5K at Tampa Bay Downs horse track

NP_331812_CLIF_TBDOWNS_12 SATURDAY(12/11/2010) TAMPA Jockeys and horses battle for first in the final turn with Luis Garcia, second from left, on Wicked Tune, who went on to win the second race of the season at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa. The American thoroughbred horse racing facility opened in 1926 and hosts a race season which runs December until May each year. The main track is a one mile (1.6 km) dirt oval. The turf course is seven furlongs and includes a quarter mile inner chute. [Douglas R. Clifford, Times]

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

NP_331812_CLIF_TBDOWNS_12 SATURDAY(12/11/2010) TAMPA Jockeys and horses battle for first in the final turn with Luis Garcia, second from left, on Wicked Tune, who went on to win the second race of the season at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa. The American thoroughbred horse racing facility opened in 1926 and hosts a race season which runs December until May each year. The main track is a one mile (1.6 km) dirt oval. The turf course is seven furlongs and includes a quarter mile inner chute. [Douglas R. Clifford, Times]

The Tampa Bay Downs horse track is opening up its track to two-footed runners for the first time on Sept. 17 for a 5K that lets people hoof it where a Kentucky Derby winner once ran.

The Hoofin' It 5K is a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay United Soccer Club's recreational soccer scholarships and is taking registrations now at tbusc.com for the event they are calling Recstravaganza.

Runners will gallop on a loop around the grounds and stable areas with the last 150 yards run on the racetrack to finish at the track's actual finish line. The surface is a combination of asphalt, hard packed sand and the dirt race track.

Additional family activities that day will include fun runs for kids, a Mega Soccer Ball Drop from a helicopter, a Hole In One contest at Tampa Bay Downs driving range and foot golf, which puts soccer skills to use on a golf course.

Register at tbusc.com. It's $30 for the 5K; $15 for kids fun run registration.

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road near Oldsmar. Call (813) 792-7757 or email [email protected] for information.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

Runners will get to hoof it on 5K at Tampa Bay Downs horse track 09/02/16 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2016 1:17pm]
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