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Kentucky Dressage Association Kearney Cancer 5k Run and Fun Walk Raises Almost $9,000 For Markey Cancer Center

Lexington, KY (July 26th) – The inaugural Kentucky Dressage Association 5k Kearney Cancer Run and Fun Walk held May 25th in Lexington, KY, raised $8,900 for cancer research. The money raised will be used for specific cancer research under the direction of Dr. Paul Anthony Kearney, Chief of Trauma, at the UK Medical Center.

The event, which was named after former KDA member Mary Kearney who lost her battle with brain cancer in 2009, attracted more than 180 participants and awarded $1,000 in prize money donated by Kentucky Ale, including $250, $150 and $100 in awards to the top three male and female runners. Other sponsors included The Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation, Kevin & Vicki Warren, and Jim & Michelle Morehead.

The overall male runner was Kevin Castille (time 14:28), with Patrick Cheptoek (time 14:34) and David Justus (time 14:52) placing 2nd and 3rd respectively. The overall female runner was Betsy Laski (time 18:26), with Zam Zam (time 18:48) and Maddie Scheuler (time 19:47) placing 2nd and 3rd respectively. The race saw more runners finishing under 15 minutes than any other race in the Lexington area so far in 2013. Photographs of the runners and event in general can be found at

“I am very please at the outcome of our inaugural race in memory of a great lady and friend Mary Kearney,” said Michelle Morehead, KDA president. “We exceeded all of our expectations and raised a record amount for a first year event. KDA hopes we can continue to host this event each year during our dressage shows at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Arena.”

Companies/individuals interested in sponsoring the 2014 event or who have questions, should contact Michelle Morehead at

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