POLAR BEARS, UNICORNS, LANDSHARKS … OH MY!
ARIZONA DOWNS HOSTS INFLATABLE COSTUME RACE FOR CHARITY ON AUG. 24
50/50 Raffle gives fans an opportunity to get in on the fun and support charity
A dozen fast running individuals are gearing up for a race for charity that’s taking place at Arizona Downs on August 24. But these runners won’t be wearing your typical racing gear. Instead, they will be donning inflatable costumes when they break from the starting gate in a race to the finish line to win a pot of cash for their selected charities, including Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona, AARF Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, among others. Fans can get in on the fun by participating in a 50/50 raffle and voting for the charity/inflatable costume character they think will win the race. Proceeds will benefit the charity with the costumed character that wins the race.
“Inflatable costumes are always entertaining, especially when they are involved in a game of speed on a racetrack,” said Arizona Downs General Manager Ann McGovern. “This is our way of adding a little ‘fun’ to fundraising, and giving nonprofits new ways to connect with potential future donors.”
The Inflatable Costume Race for Charity will take place between the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races. Racers won’t know what costume they are wearing until they participate in a random “drawing for costumes” prior to race for charity.
The weekend of fun includes live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Races, the Findlay Toyota Family Fun Zone where families can meet the adorable farm animals at Big Chino Farms, and special prices on food and drinks. Tacos are $2, and all beers are $3 throughout the weekend, August 24 & 25.
Admission gates open at 10 a.m. and post time for the first race is 1 p.m. General admission is $2. Kids 10 and under are FREE.