The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch near Murchison will be opening up its 1,310-acre animal sanctuary for the third annual 5K Freedom Run.
The Fund for Animals Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 10.
Director of Education and Outreach Holly Stamp said, “This is our third year for the run. We hope to encourage more runners to come out, take part in this amazing opportunity to see the animal sanctuary and support a great cause.”
She said about 100 runners participated in the 5K in past years.
The 1,300 acre sanctuary is home to more than 1,100 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories, and trophy hunting ranches.
Others are discards from circuses or roadside zoos, or were former victims of the exotic pet trade, while others have come from public lands where they were threatened with extermination by the federal government.
Bison and cattle, horses and burros, antelope and apes, camels and llamas, and even three tigers, all have a permanent, safe home at the ranch.
The race is a run/walk event and will start at 8 a.m. with a beginning to intermediate course.
“This course is across pastures, through wooded areas and partially on roads,” Stamp said.
Ranch officials warn the run is not a stroller friendly path and pets are not allowed on property.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners for men and women.
There is an early registration fee of $25 due by May 3. Late registration is from May 4 through May 11 for $30. Registration forms are available at www.active.com or you can register the morning of the race.
The Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch is located on County Road 3806 in Murchison.
For information on the run and directions to the sanctuary call 903-469-3811. You can also follow the organization on Facebook.