So what is a human-powered horse race? Horse racing's triple crown is steeped in tradition. Each May/June, horse racing enthusiasts (and not) gather to join in the annual pomp and circumstance surrounding The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes and The Belmont Stakes. To win the triple crown is considered the greatest accomplishment of any thoroughbred racehorse. And then we added a fourth race. Only in this race, the thoroughbreds are inflatable. And the jockeys are teams of people, raising awareness and money to fight back against sexual violence. Race History Jennifer Shipe is the founder of this unique event. A rape survivor, her goal has been to raise awareness and support for victims of sexual violence through events and activities that center around a positive spirit and sense of community. "I've always been an athlete and sports fan. I love the way people band together around a game or event. And for me, this play on Horse Racing’s Triple Crown seemed like the right way to make this difficult subject, approachable. I wanted to use fun to create a sense of empowerment and community in spite of tragedy," says Shipe.
About RAINN RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. To find out more, check out rainn.org.