Credit union employees on the early-morning “race day” during last year’s Credit Union SacTown Run.
Credit union employees on the early-morning “race day” during last year’s Credit Union SacTown Run.

CUs Begin Stretching for ‘Credit Union SacTown Run’ on Sunday

More than 800 credit union participants are preparing for the 2017 Credit Union SacTown Run this Sunday in Sacramento, CA—an event that has raised $136,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) across California and Nevada this season and is poised to raise thousands more by race-day.

There's still time to register and participate in this one-of-a-kind event!

The race is designed to increase national awareness of credit unions and will take place April 2, the same day as the Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington D.C. It is part of the Credit Union Miracle Day “Family of Races.” In 2016, the SacTown race raised more than $200,000 for CMN hospitals in California and Nevada.

Leading up to Sunday, credit union volunteers and leaders will be involved in a variety of activities to support awareness of the race and the ill kids it was founded to help. A CMN Kids Race and Medal Ceremony will be held this Thursday at UC Davis Medical Center, and a special press conference on Friday at the same hospital will honor CMN kids with a donation-check presentation and spotlight credit unions’ efforts to raise money this past year.

On Saturday participants will pick up their packets at Fleet Feet Sports, and that night a special dinner will let credit union volunteers and others engage with some of the running world’s top professional runners who will race the next morning.

“For the kids and their families, this race provides a life-changing experience,” said John Pamer, CEO of Diablo Valley FCU and chairman of the SacTown Run race committee. “Every day for them—as well as the doctors, nurses, and staff at Children’s Miracle Hospitals—is like a ten-mile run as they complete their medical journey. Credit unions are honored to be a part of it.”

The SacTown event includes the 10-mile race, 5K run, and “Miracle Mile” challenge. Some credit unions are trying to get the most employees, volunteers and individuals to participate than they ever have in the past to shed light on the credit union philosophy of giving back to communities. Others are hosting internal fundraisers as they effort to outdo their previous contributions. Altogether, credit unions are doubling-down to make a huge impact this year.

“The involvement of California and Nevada credit unions in the SacTown Run event for the past six years really highlights our mission of changing people’s lives,” said Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. “We are pleased to join the Sacramento Running Association once again in hosting such a wonderful event.”

Major sponsors of the race include: the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, CO-OP Financial Services; Golden 1 CU; Patelco CU; SchoolsFirst FCU; Travis CU; Xceed Financial CU, First Tech FCU, CU Direct, Wescom CU, VISA, and Walmart. Several other credit unions and business partners are also sponsoring the race as “champions,” “friends,” “buddies” and “pals.”

For those wanting to go the extra mile and sponsor the race, contact Deanne Figueras at 909-212-6025 or

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