NEWS | December 3, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients celebrate CIM early with Mini Marathon event


They came on foot, by toy car, by stroller and wheelchair.

One patient shows off his new medal, after finishing the mini marathon.  One patient shows off his new medal, after finishing the mini marathon.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients were bustling with excitement at the starting line, eager to take part in today’s Mini Marathon, an event made possible by the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the Sacramento Running Association, which hosts the California International Marathon (CIM) each year.

Donning bib numbers that were decorated with crayons, patients made it around the unit once before reaching the finish line, where they were given a CIM medal to wear around their neck and a T-shirt from the Sacramento Running Association.

“The kids got to race around the hallways, which Lily does anyway, so she was very excited to have an actual race. She wants to race again,” said Michelle Chiquet. “Their aunt is running in the marathon this weekend so they are very excited about that.”

Watch our video about the Mini Marathon.

Scott Abbott, executive director of the Sacramento Running Association, brought some of his organization’s board members and some elite athletes, who will be running in Sunday’s California International Marathon, to be part of today’s event.

 “It’s just fun to be here and just seeing the energy and the excitement on the kids’ faces. That really brings home what we’re trying to do as a community event,” said Abbott. “UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a great partner of ours.”

In addition to this morning’s race for the kids, the Sacramento Running Association also presented a check for $7,500 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. UC Davis Children's Hospital is a proud race sponsor and the chief beneficiary of the CIM and the Sacramento Running Association.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 120-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in more than 30 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit