WAYNESVILLE — The inaugural Tot Trot 5K will be held Saturday morning, April 24, along the greenway and track at the Waynesville Rec Park.

The walk-or-run event is a joint initiative of two nonprofits: KARE, dedicated to child abuse prevention, and Hope for Horses, dedicate to helping unwanted, neglected and abused horses. The race name combines the two organizations’ missions: Tot for kids and Trot for horses.

The race is being held in April in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.

The race will be held along the Richland Creek greenway path and track at the Waynesville Rec Park. Participants will make two laps of the course for a total distance of 5K. Waynesville Parks and Rec is partnering in the event to promote its master greenway plan, which calls for expanding the greenway to connect Waynesville and Lake Junaluska.

The race will start from the tennis court area on West Marshall Street. Race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m., with a staggered start in waves to ensure social distancing.

Post-race awards will be given out starting at 12:30 p.m. at Mad Anthony’s Taproom, located at 180 Legion Drive Waynesville beginning at 12:30. The first 25 participants will receive a free beer glass, with additional prize drawings.

Both Hope for Horses and KARE will have information about their agencies on hand. Mad Anthony’s and Dough Boys will offer a beer and pizza special with outside seating available.

The cost is $40 prior to April 19, and $45 afterward. Those who register by April 19 will receive a free T-shirt. Register online here.