The Serotonin Surge Charities race benefits safety net clinics

On May 18th, 2019, the Serotonin Surge Charities (est. 1999), will host its second annual Serotonin Surge Run in Natomas Oaks Park in Sacramento. The event, which is sponsored by every major healthcare provider in the region, raises critical funding for safety net medical clinics. 

These clinics see over a quarter of a million patients each year, providing day to day as well as urgent care needs for the underinsured and uninsured. 

Some of the clinics – like the Imani Clinic and Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, pictured below – are UC Davis student-run clinics and staffed on a volunteer basis. Recently, Chancellor Gary S. May toured the clinics, later tweeting, “Toured two of 11 @ucdavis’ student-run clinics recently that provide vital resources to our underserved communities. Proud of these hardworking Aggies.

Founded and run by local philanthropist Dr. John Chuck, the Serotonin Surge Charities have raised over $4 million dollars for area nonprofits since inception, and continue to provide critical funding to keep these clinics open. 

The May 18th race includes a 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) courses that travel along residential neighborhoods and tree-lined quiet bike paths. A family friendly event, participants are welcome to run or walk the routes, and children, well-behaved leashed dogs, and strollers are welcome to join. Afterwards, a free kids fun run will be held.  

Entry is available at: and includes a race t-shirt and a commemorative finishers medal. Afterwards, health and fitness booths from race sponsors like UC Davis Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Medical Foundation, Dignity Health, and Sutter Medical Group, along with other health and fitness groups, will be available and free to the public. 

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