Latham Centers’ Inaugural Donkey Dash 5K 

Sunday, May 19th, 2024 - Hog Island Brewery, Orleans, MA

Early bird registration is now open!

Donkey Dash 2024

Latham Centers’ therapeutic donkey program (also known as Asinotherapy) is a unique part of our vocational and therapeutic programming. Our students and individuals regularly care for and interact with our six therapy donkeys under the guidance and supervision of Latham’s Donkey Trainer, Kris Thompson.

Many of you will remember our unique and fabulous Donkey Wedding held in May 2019, when two of our beloved therapy donkeys, ESTHER AND ESAU, tied the knot. It’s hard to believe that they will celebrate their 5 YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY this spring!  In honor of this milestone, we wanted to let you know about an exciting new event happening in May, the Latham Centers’ Donkey Dash 2024!

Our inaugural DONKEY DASH will be held on Sunday, May 19th, at Hog Island Brewery in Orleans, MA. This FAMILY-FRIENDLY event will be a 5K road race for all ages, with a celebration, great food, and a raffle following the race. Our guests of honor, Esther and Esau will be there too - for petting and photo opportunities!  

The Donkey Dash will be an exciting way to raise awareness about the vital, life-changing ways that Latham Centers supports children and adults with complex special needs, including Prader-Willi syndrome. Click here to learn more about how funds raised through the Donkey Dash will support Latham Centers.

We know this is going to be a fun-filled event for the entire community. Here’s how YOU can GET INVOLVED: 

  • REGISTER TO RACE - Early bird registration is now open!
  • VOLUNTEER ON EVENT DAY - We will need folks to manage water stations, act as course guides, sell raffle tickets, and assist in other ways at the event. This is an excellent way for local students to earn community service hours!
  • SHARE YOUR TALENTS - If you are a photographer, runner, team captain from a Cape high school, media specialist, or have other relevant skills to share, we welcome your help! 
  • BE AN EVENT SPONSOR - For information about sponsorship opportunities click here. Contact Jackie O’Connor, Director of Advancement, at for more information. 
  • DONATE - If you can’t make it to the event, please consider donating to Latham Centers. Gifts of any size are meaningful and appreciated!

We can’t wait to work together to make the Latham DONKEY DASH a fun and memorable event for the entire family for many years to come! Don’t forget to FOLLOW US on Instagram and Facebook for updates on all the fun events happening this year at Latham!

Special Thanks to Denise Pressman of Fleeting Moments Photography for contributing her amazing photographs!

How do YOU want to get INVOLVED!


For more information on SPONSORSHIP, VOLUNTEER, and PARTICIPATION opportunities, contact Jackie O’Connor, Latham Centers’ Director of Advancement at 

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