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18 May

Benefiting Sacramento-Area Safety Net Medical Clinics

The Serotonin Surge Charities Race for the Clinics is a community event that will take place in Sacramento, CA on Saturday, May 18th and will include 5K and 10K running and walking events, a free kids’ fun run, post-race health and wellness expo, and a goal to benefit one of our community’s most valuable resources: safety net medical clinics.

What is a Safety Net Medical Clinic?

Safety net medical clinics provide critical medical care to members of our community who are underinsured or uninsured. The Institute of Medicine defines the health care safety net as: “Those providers that. organize and deliver a significant level of health care and other related services to. uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable populations”

What is Serotonin Surge Charities?

The Serotonin Surge Charities is an all volunteer, public benefit 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It was founded in 1999 to raise money for health care related causes in the Sacramento region. “Serotonin is the ‘good feeling’ brain chemical, and we want people to feel great about using their time, talents, and wealth to help others in need,” says Dr. John Chuck, founder and CEO. “We are always looking for newer and better ways to leverage volunteerism and collaboration to make this world a better place to live.”

To date, the Serotonin Surge Charities have raised over $4 million for its recipient organizations through special events that have included an annual fall golf tournament and springtime food, wine, and fashion festival.

How will this event benefit local clinics?

Through sponsorships, partnerships and race participation, the goal of the 2019 Serotonin Surge Charities Race for the Clinics is to provide the community with a feel-good event promoting health and fitness with a feel-good cause, while raising much needed funding for the clinics.

Target recipients include the following safety net medical clinics: Bayanihan Clinic, Clinica Tepati, CommuniCare Health Centers, CSERF’s SPIRIT Project, Elica Health Centers, Health & Life Organization (HALO), Imani Clinic, Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, Knights Landing Clinic, MercyClinic Loaves & Fishes, Paul Hom Asian Clinic, Peach Tree Health operating at MercyClinic Northwood, WellSpace Health, and Willow Clinic.

Registration for the 2018 Race for the Clinics is accepted online; all major credit / debit cards are accepted.

How To Register:

Registration notes

  • All registration is handled online. A processing fee applies to all entries, and this covers the costs of your secure transaction with our provider as well as the fees due to the credit card companies.
  • Look up/confirm an entry here.

Included in Each 5K and 10K Entry

Each 5K/10K entry includes a race t-shirt, bib number and chip timing, eligibility for age group awards, post-race snacks and refreshments and hydration support along the race route.

Free Kids Fun Run

A free kids fun run for ages 12 and under will be offered at 9:30 a.m.  All youth participants in the fun run must register. A t-shirt may be added to the fun run entry for $5.00.

Virtual Participant

Can’t make the event on race day but want to support the cause? We offer a virtual runner option. Your t-shirt and bib will be mailed to you after May 13th.

Refund Policy

All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Saturday, May 1

  • 6:30 a.m. – Race day registration and bib pick up opens
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5K and 10K Start
  • 9:30 a.m. – Free Kids Half Mile Fun Run Start (Ages 10 and Under)
  • 7:30-11:00 a.m. – Post-race healthy living festival

Note: There is not a pre-race bib pick up; all pick up will be held on race morning at the park.

The event starts and finishes at Natomas Oaks Park in Sacramento: 2230 River Plaza Dr, Sacramento, CA 95833. For directions from google, go here: https://goo.gl/maps/JeLLLcuwK5y

Parking: Parking is available in the business parks near the intersection of River Plaza Drive and Gateway Oaks. There is no fee. Please see below maps:


2018 Results are available here:

Race Photos may be viewed here a couple days after the event:


May 18
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Natomas Oaks Park
2230 River Plaza Dr
Sacramento, CA 95833 United States
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Upcoming ACOP Events

  1. The Lucky Run

    March 23
  2. Serotonin Surge Charities | Race for the Clinics

    May 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Positive Energy Kids Triathlon

    June 23 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Davis Moo-nlight Race

    July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  5. Davis Labor Day Run

    September 2 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

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