The sixth annual Melanie Christianson Memorial Race showcases top barrel races and raises money for paralysis recovery in honor of Christianson. COURTESY PHOTO

The sixth annual Melanie Christianson Memorial Race showcases top barrel races and raises money for paralysis recovery in honor of Christianson. COURTESY PHOTO

Annual barrel race to fundraise for paralysis recovery

Melanie Christianson Memorial Race set for Aug. 25

  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 10:45am
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Some of Washington’s top barrel racers compete to honor the life of Melanie Christianson and raise funds for paralysis recovery on Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Green River Saddle Club, 16321 SE Lake Holm Road, Auburn.

The sixth annual Melanie Christianson Memorial Race – an adrenaline-fueled day of racing – will begin at 11 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Practice runs begin at 9.

Christianson grew up in Enumclaw riding horses, dedicating endless hours in the arena to a sport she loved. In 2010 she was critically injured while competing, sustaining a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the chest down. In the aftermath of the injury, it was Christianson’s drive and ambition that helped her face new challenges. Christianson’s drive took her to Pushing Boundaries, a rehabilitative exercise therapy recovery center, where Christianson worked to re-strengthen her body and regain function. She also became a motivator to other clients who were facing their own challenges.

Christianson passed away in 2013, but her passion continues through family and friends who organize the annual race to honor her legacy. The event raises funds for Pushing Boundaries.

A silent auction and concessions will be available.

For more information, visit pushing-boundaries.org/melanie-christianson-memorial-barrel-race.

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