This year’s Credit Union SACTOWN Run on April 2 set records for both dollars raised and runners registered. With more than 1,700 registered runners, the annual event reportedly helped raise more than $250,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in California and Nevada, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
The SACTOWN Run emulates the annual Cherry Blossom Run in Washington D.C. Both races are held on the same day every year forming the Credit Union Miracle Day “Family of Races.” Both events combined to raise a total of $580,485.
SACTOWN Run is organized by the Sacramento Running Association and sponsored by both the California and Nevada Credit Union League, which consists of 74 credit unions and credit union businesses throughout both states. Employees of the credit unions accounted for a large portion of participants. It is held at the Capitol Mall in Sacramento.
The race has raised more than $1.1 million over the last six years.
It can be argued that the true winners of the race every year are the children at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Sick and injured kids benefit from the patient care, research, programs and equipment that is funded by Children’s Miracle Network Hospital events like SACTOWN Run.
Fifteen-year-old UC Davis leukemia patient and CMN champion Angela House sang the national anthem during the opening ceremonies, which also included the Travis Air Force Base Honor Guards.
The day consisted of a 10-mile race, a 5k race and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Miracle Mile fun run, a one-mile course designed for the youngest participants and their family members.
CMN champion Reese Baker, a 7-year-old leukemia patient, completed the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Miracle Mile fun run alongside her mother and CMN at UC Davis director of development Jacquelyn Mills. Baker ran with her American Girl doll to the finish line. Her American Girl doll, which was bald, was given to Baker while she was hospitalized for cancer treatment and losing her hair from treatment. It was funded by a Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis grant.
“We are proud to be partners with Credit Union for Kids and the Sacramento Running Association. Credit unions are invested in our community and the needs for the region. One of those needs is high level, specialized care that only a comprehensive children's hospital can bring,” said Mills.“Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provide that for the families across the nation. We’re lucky enough to have UC Davis Children’s Hospital as the local affiliate.”
The date for next year’s SACTOWN Run will be Sunday, April 8, 2018.
UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for 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 its critically ill patients, as well as the West Coast's only level I children's surgery center. The 129-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. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.