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|Team Mitchell left to right: Myriam Valdez, Legislative Aide, Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Tim Shelley, Rules Committee Consultant, John Skoglund, Legislative Aide, and Rodney Wilson, Senior Legislative Advocate, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.|
|Members of the CU SacTown Ten-Mile Run committee, runners (including first-place women's winner Olympian Kim Conley), and representatives from U.C. Davis Children's Hospital after Sunday's race.|
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The Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run, also designed to increase national awareness of credit unions, took place the same day as the 41st Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington D.C., followed by the Credit Union Freedom Runs for troops overseas. Combined, the “Family of Races” raised a total of $483,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country. Major sponsors of the SacTown Ten 2013 event included CO-OP Financial Services, The Golden 1 CU, Patelco CU, San Francisco Fire CU, San Mateo CU, SchoolsFirst FCU, Travis CU, Xceed Financial FCU, CU Direct Corporation, CUNA Mutual Group, Intuit, and Vining Sparks.
Nearly 1,700 runners—including more than 700 credit union employees and members—participated in the Sacramento race, which started and finished in front of the state capitol building, with a $15,000-prize purse awarded. More than 200 credit union staff and members worked the event as volunteers.
“We are quickly building momentum in only our second year,” said SacTown 10 Committee Chairman John Pamer, CEO of Diablo Valley FCU. “We saw a significant increase in runners, credit union volunteers, legislative participation, and donations to CMN Hospitals. It was a beautiful day for a fun, high-energy, healthy event that showcases credit unions to the general public and the Capitol community. Most importantly, the difference those who participated helped make for the kids will last long after the banners come down.”
Cara Cooper, a St. Francis High School junior who credits treatment she received at UC Davis Children’s Hospital with helping her recover from the H1N1 virus (swine flu), sang the national anthem. Nancy Snider ran the race in honor her of her daughter Laura, who died at age 11 after an arteriovenous malformation—an abnormal connection of blood vessels in the brain—ruptured. Out of the 161 congressional honorary race chairs from 39 states who registered to compete in the “family of races,” 19 were from California and Nevada, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (CA), Nevada Reps. Mark Amodie and Joe Heck, and California Reps. John Garamendi, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, George Miller, Jackie Speier, Jim Costa, Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr, Buck McKeon, Adam Schiff, Tony Cardenas, Gary Miller, Henry Waxman, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Janice Hahn, and Darrell Issa.
The event kicked off with a craft day and news conference on Friday, April 5 at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, CA. At the event, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra and Pamer presented CMN with a check representing the $483,000 raised for children’s hospitals. Travis and The Golden 1 provided piggybanks, coloring books, and live mascots for the children to enjoy. California Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, who represents the 7th Assembly District, also spoke at the event.
The event enjoyed some great media coverage over the weekend, courtesy of KCRA-TV in Sacramento. Click here to view video taken during Sundays’ race by the television station. Click here to view a slide show on the KCRA-TV website.