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

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 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 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 for information.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at Follow @SharonKWn.