For the fourth year, local runners can compete on the dirt track where Secretariat and Seabiscuit once raced.
The "Down the Stretch for Susan G. Komen" Preakness 5k takes place this Saturday, May 11, at Pimlico on the historic venue's dirt track.
Last year, nearly 650 runners participated, including Doug O’Neill, trainer of Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, according to a press release from Corrigan Sports Enterprises.
“We get a tremendous amount of positive feedback on this event,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas in a statement. “It has to be a thrill to be able to run on the track where the Preakness takes place and to possibly hear track announcer Dave Rodman call your name as you pass the finish line."
Three-quarters of the funds raised from the race will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate for community outreach programs in the state and 25 percent will be directed to the national Komen organization to help support breast cancer research, according to the press release.