Barrel racing hosted for Parkinson’s awareness

An inaugural barrel racing benefit to help raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease is coming to...

An inaugural barrel racing benefit to help raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease is coming to the Thorsby Haymaker Centre.

Barrel racer Carmen Larson, event co-ordinator, is heading the Race For a Reason: A Parkinson’s Disease Benefit Barrel Race out of love for her mother Linda Larson.

“I’ve always wanted to put on an event. I thought a benefit would be a good thing,” said Larson.

“My mother actually has Parkinson’s, that’s why I chose that,” she added.

The Race For a Reason takes place Oct. 1 starting at 1 p.m. and Oct. 2 beginning at 12 p.m. A silent auction will run during the event and Larson says $5 from every race entry will be directly donated to Parkinson’s Alberta. “I expect I’ll get over 100 (entries).”

“I wanted to give back to her,” Larson added, referring to her mother, who is well known in the barrel racing industry.