Arlington International Racecourse will hold the annual Labor Day Jockey Jog 5k Run on Monday September 2. The Jockey Jog 5k benefits a well-known charity within the thoroughbred racing industry, the PDJF.
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed nearly $9 million dollars to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.
Many of the jockeys the PDJF serve were injured at young ages, usually their 20s or early 30s, and face decades of living with a disability.
The medical needs of our disabled jockeys are great and may include daily assistance from a caregiver. In today’s health care environment, costs continue to escalate — posing still more challenges to individuals who courageously test their limits every day.
The PDJF strives to reach out to everyone in the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse industries, their business partners and the great fans of this sport for their support.
Come celebrate Labor Day at Arlington starting with the Jockey Jog 5K Run/Walk that benefits the PDJF and then spend the afternoon enjoying special holiday racing and entertainment.
The Jockey Jog 5k will begin at 10:30AM, with every runner being granted free admission. Every runner will also receive a T-shirt, and race bag. Later in the day, the Miller Lite Band Stage will play host to the Smokin’ Gunz performing live. There will also be family activities such as a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and a bounce house.
Gates open at 12:00PM on Labor Day Monday, with a first race post time at 1:30PM.