Oct 31, 2014

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1,800 attend mud run and fall festival benefitting animals and military

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2014) – Over the hills and through the mud, participants ran, crawled and climbed their way to the finish line of Saturday’s inaugural Run the Ranch to raise money for animals and military members. The 5K mud run organized by Rescue Ranch and Hope For The Warriors® also served as the kick off for the second annual Rescue Ranch Fall Festival.

Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization located in Statesville, North Carolina, on 87 acres. Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit organization assisting post-9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen.

Runners had to complete eight obstacles including mud pits, hay mounds, tunnels and ropes along the 3.1-mile course. Scott McLelland and Deborah Templeton, both of Statesville, North Carolina, achieved the top male and female finisher awards respectively.

“Run the Ranch was a fun way for individuals to support two great organizations, while taking in the sites of our beautiful property,” said Krissie Newman, Rescue Ranch executive director. “We are excited to have had the opportunity to add the inaugural run to our events.”

“An event like this helps bring a spotlight on two important organizations,” noted Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors, President and CEO. We are excited to have added Run The Ranch into our run event options. It has been wonderful working with Krissie and her staff in a different capacity.”

Following the race, Rescue Ranch’s annual Fall Festival took place featuring animal presentations, bounce houses, a food truck throw down, hay rides to view the property and the hay art, crafts and other activities for animal lovers big and small. Proceeds from the event benefitted Rescue Ranch and its educational programs.

“Our Fall Festival was a great way for families to enjoy the day together and learn in a fun environment,” said Newman. “It is important that we create opportunities to teach children and adults alike the importance of animal care, responsible pet ownership and respect for the environment.”

An estimated 1800 people visited Rescue Ranch Saturday.

For more information on Rescue Ranch, visit www.rescueranch.com.

Media Contact:
Kristen Bright
ASPIRE Communications
(704) 516-6913

About Rescue Ranch:
Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning. Rescue Ranch is located in Statesville, North Carolina - less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hickory.

About Hope For The Warriors:
The Mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.


Photo Cut Line: Participants ran, crawled and climbed their way to the finish line of the inaugural Run the Ranch mud run hosted by Rescue Ranch and Hope For The Warriors.

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