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The Serotonin Surge Charities race benefits safety net clinics - A Change Of Pace

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: https://bit.ly/2UTjPJJ 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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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.