Spotlight on Cancer Champions: A Davis Turkey Trot Beneficiary

 

The 2023 Davis Turkey Trot benefits both Cancer Champions and the Yolo County SPCA. Today, we would like to highlight our partnership with Cancer Champions.

What Is Cancer Champions?

Cancer Champions is a non profit organization that provides support to people facing a cancer diagnosis. This comes in the form of:

• specialized fitness plans
• tailored nutritional support
• both of the above are designed to maintain or increase strength to fight the disease and endure treatments
• mindset guidance and community support

This support system helps bridge the gap between the hospital and home.

Cancer Champions uses grants and fundraising dollars to be able to offer resources and support to those for whom a monthly membership is not financially feasible. Supporting the community is what Cancer Champions is all about!


Our Partnership With Cancer Champions:

SUPPORTING CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS:


️ CANCER SURVIVOR SPECIAL DIVISION

All four distances (2 Mile, 5K, 10K, Half) at the Davis Turkey Trot offer a Cancer Champions Cancer Survivor Special Division.

• What is a special division? This division, like all of our special divisions, is designed to recognize a subset of our participants. In the case of the Survivor’s Division, we want to celebrate your participation in the Davis Turkey Trot! Whether your participation comes in the form of running, walking, or being pushed in a wheelchair, November 18th is a day we want to help make your race finish feel extra-special.

• Special Divisions also offer prizes to top male, female and nonbinary finishers. The real prize of course is your finish itself, but an extra medal to represent that achievement never hurt anyone!

• The Cancer Survivor Special Division is open to those currently undergoing treatment, or who have concluded treatment, of any type of cancer.

• To Join: During the registration process, select the “Cancer Survivor” Special Division when prompted to select an (optional) special division. Already registered? Email us and we can add you to it!

️ SURVIVOR BIBS

Survivor bibs will be available (in addition to the ‘regular’ race bib) for all entrants in the Survivor Division. Wear these on your front or back. Pick these up at the Cancer Champions booth on race morning.

️ CANCER CHAMPIONS SURVIVOR HOSPITALITY TENT 

For our Cancer Survivor Special Division entrants and their families, Cancer Champions will have a tented hospitality area for relaxing pre- and post-race, with chairs and tables, healthy food options and beverages. There will also be a gear check for those in this special division. Access this hospitality tent by wearing your Survivor Bib.


FOR ALL DAVIS TURKEY TROT ENTRANTS:

️PARTICIPATING IN SUPPORT OF” CUSTOMIZATION

We all know someone who is battling something – and Cancer Champions is providing all entrants in this year’s Davis Turkey Trot with the opportunity to show your support for this person or people in your life. They are providing (free of charge) “I’m racing in support of” bibs that you can pin on the back of your t-shirt and write in the name or names of the person/people you wish to recognize.

Pick these up on race morning at their tent! They will have sharpies available, too!

️ PAST YEAR’S T-SHIRTS 

A Change of Pace has donated some of our past year’s leftover race t-shirt to Cancer Champions, who will have these ‘vintage’ shirts available for a donation at their booth. Be sure to stop by and check them out! Suggested donation will be $5 for 3 shirts, or $2 each.

Donations received will be used to provide services and grants for people currently in treatment. Win-Win!

️ RUN OR WALK WITH THEIR COACHES

Cancer Champions will have their fitness coaches participating in the 2 Mile, 5K and 10K – this is a fun way for anyone signed up for the Turkey Trot to be a part of an energetic and motivating group during the event! Both running and walking groups will be available. Meet at the Cancer Champions booth 30 minutes before your race start to meet the group and get ready for your race.


More Info:

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Maya Miramontes

Volunteer and Site Coordinator

Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.

Alec Miramontes

Event Oversight and Volunteer Management

Alec, a graduate of the University of Oregon, oversees course and volunteer management on event day. He also helps coordinate infrastructure set up and tear down, equipment management and assists with race timing.

Dave Miramontes

Executive Director

Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.

Jeannine Henderson

Treasurer, Assistant Race Director & Head Timer

Jeannine not only oversees the day-to-day operations; she handles one of the most critical elements within the organization; the registration and timing department. Aside from overseeing the computerized timing department and client/participant relations, she handles our social media and website changes and medal/award design. Her guidance and organizational skills have become a huge value to the organization as she provides much of the input on special projects such as the Tour De Fit.

Jennifer Miramontes

Board Member

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.