The Great Llama Race is back at World’s Fair Park!

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The Great Llama Race is back at World’s Fair Park!

Proceeds to benefit Bolivian school, Knox County and surrounding schools, and the Southeast Llama Rescue

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Casa de Sara, a Knoxville-headquartered international non-profit, will host the second-annual Great Llama Race on April 11 at World’s Fair Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one-of-a-kind event benefits Casa de Sara’s school for impoverished children in Bolivia, as well as Knox County and surrounding area schools, and the Southeast Llama Rescue.

Casa de Sara Executive Director Lori Santoro says each racing llama is sponsored by a local company or group to represent a local area school. The llama is then partnered with a celebrity runner who will run alongside it in a 100-yard dash. The race is run in heats, and the winners of each preliminary heat advance to the final race of the day, determining first, second, and third place winners.

“Casa de Sara then gives those winners a cash prize to be used for a project or program of their choice,” said Santoro. “A portion of the funds will also support the Southeast Llama Rescue and the remainder will go to Casa de Sara.”

Entertainment will include the Spice of India dancers, Knox Dance Worx, Dre Hilton, Powell Middle School Choir, a square dance, UT Graduate Brass Quintet, and Obayana Ajanaku with the Kuumba Kaan drummers.

According to Santoro, giveaways include an Xbox One, a Fit Bit, gift certificates, family packages, kid’s activities, and more.

Entry to the event is $5 and children five and under will be admitted for free.

“Last year’s inaugural event had 5,000 attendees and 26 schools represented, and we expect an even bigger crowd and more schools involved,” said Santoro.

Businesses, PTA, service groups, or individuals interested in sponsoring, please contact Santoro or Ally Ketron at 865-690-3323 or at info@casadesara.org.

Additionally, the Great Llama Race still needs volunteers for the race day. The event is not just races, but is festival-like includes vendors, a children’s area, crafts, entertainment, food and a parade. Please contact Santoro or Ketron if interested in any volunteer opportunities.  For more information, visit www.thegreatllamarace.com.

Check out the action-packed announcement here: http://wbir-1.wistia.com/medias/3xdxivax9e


Casa De Sara is a 501(C)(3) that provides education, healthcare, and nutrition for impoverished children in the Americas. While Casa de Sara’s primary focus is in Bolivia, the organization has worked in other countries and has plans for future programs in the USA.  For more information, visit www.casadesara.org.

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