NOTE: The Little Moe 5k has been re-scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus crisis. All details (location, start time, etc.,) remain the same. Thank you to Green Lakes State Park for graciously accommodating this change!
The Little Moe Walk-Run is a family-friendly, pet-friendly walk/run along the beautiful trails around both lakes at Green Lakes State Park, all to support the rescued animals of The Haven at Skanda. Group discounts are available for families and teams! (Pet-friendly means you are welcome to walk or run with your pet on the trails!)
Awards include trophies, medals, and for the top male and female, gifts cards: American Eagle $25, Regal theater $50, Footlocker $50, Applebee’s $25, Chili’s $25, Totaling $175 each.
Bring cash for a fabulous raffle of generously packed gift baskets on different themes (Wine, Pets, Chocolate, Skanda, etc.) Raffle tickets will be 3 tickets for $5 or an arm’s length $10. (Check this site for photos of the gift baskets coming soon!)
Free parking is available in the Beach House lot, and access to the park will be free that day. Come to the Beach House/Community Room area to check in.
Packet pick-up is available at Fleet Feet Dewitt on the Friday before the race from 4-7pm, and also starting at 7:30am on race day. Same-day registration opens at 7:30am. Race start time is 8:30am.
The Haven at Skanda is a 501©(3) nonprofit farm animal sanctuary that provides innovative, supportive programs for children and adults with trauma, disabilities, and life challenges, and anyone seeking a richer relationship to animals and nature. Skanda is an all-volunteer organization, and proceeds from the Little Moe 5K go directly to support the animals with healthy food, veterinary care, soft bedding, and everything they need to recover from the abuse and neglect they have survived to emerge as who they really are.
For more information about Skanda: https://www.thehavenatskanda.org
To donate to support Skanda’s rescued animals: https://www.thehavenatskanda.org/give
The Story of Little Moe: On a day in February 2013, Skanda received a phone call that forever changed our course. The CNY SPCA asked Skanda owner Marion Secor if she was willing to accept 14 wild ponies who were starving in a snowy field. Without questioning, Marion gave her answer: Yes.
When the ponies arrived, most were near death. Some were so weak and emaciated they could not stand. The weakest among them, a sweet and gentle yearling, brought Marion to tears. She knelt down beside him as he lay on the ground, and cried for what had happened to him. He could not eat or drink on his own. The little yearling was also blind. For seven days Skanda provided round-the-clock care, hand feeding him hay, and giving him water through a syringe. Modig could not see us and he had never encountered people before, but from the moment he was carried off the trailer, he melted into the love and tenderness that embraced him, trusting us implicitly. His courage—for which he is named—changed us. But it was not just us….
The community was also deeply touched by him. A local equestrian who had helped in his rescue donated bales of soft straw for his bed, and two Amish friends showed up each day to help him stand. It was the gift of a firehose from a local fire department that allowed us to lift him gently to his feet, so he could build his strength. There were many others who also stepped in to offer their love and support, both to Little Moe and to us, so we could take breaks to rest and find our own strength again to keep going. For the seven days Moe spent with us before he died, this little horse and his pure heart showed us a truth about the essence of animals, a truth that offers a profound possibility for all of us. In the midst of great pain and trauma, he let go into trust: he did not hold on, he simply loved, and that was everything.