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It Takes Guts 5K River Run and Walk
Family Friendly Run, Walk, and Picnic


We are looking forward to seeing you at our 7th annual It Takes Guts 5K River Run and Walk on Sunday, September 23rd! This year's 5K has been moved to the beautiful American River in Sacramento.  The event will be held in William B. Pond Park at the Cottonwood picnic area.  All registered walkers receive an ITG t-shirt and a special award upon finishing the 5K.  All entrants have the ability to create a team and raise funds as a team.  All proceeds of our 5K go towards our Warrior Workshops, held monthly to support families of children with chronic illness, and for our annual Warrior Family Camp held at St. Dorothy's Rest in Occidental, California.  

Packet pickup will be on Saturday, September 22nd at R. Burnett Miller Park (McKinley Village Way) in Sacramento from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and ALSO from 8 a.m -9:15 a.m. on race day!

The pre-race Program begins at 9:15 a.m., runners at 10 a.m. and walkers at 10:05 a.m.

The course begins at William B. Pond Park at the Cottonwood picnic area just west of the Harold Richey Bicycle Bridge (look for the red and white balloons!) on the paved American River Trail going west, continuing up onto the rock levy turning at Rio Americano High School as it drops you back around onto the paved trail and back to William B. Pond Park.

Bring your own family picnic, chairs and blankets.

*****Please note, there is a $5 fee to park in Sacramento County Parks, pre-paid parking IS available through registration to make the day easier.  

Virtual Runners and Walkers:  If you are registering to join us virtually, please send us an email at fightingautoimmune@gmail.com with your name and mailing address so we can send you your shirts!

*Please note, we cannot guarantee t-shirts to those who register after 9/20/2018.

OUR MISSION: The mission of It Takes Guts is to support children and their families as they maneuver through the complex world of pediatric chronic illness.

OUR VISION:  Our vision is to create a community that enriches the lives of families through monthly support groups, financial assistance, and our annual Warrior Family Camp 

OUR VALUE:  Illness may affect our bodies, but we determine our mindset.  Although it is a very personal journey, we walk it together.  We live by the words "whatever it takes."

Registration fees

5K Run/Walk Adult Closed

5K Run/Walk Child Closed

Under 17

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Leslie Stirewalt $533.35
2 Robert Hayes $267.10
3 James Stroud $267.10
4 Janice Stuckey $267.10
5 Kevin and Traceye Bibler $267.10

Top Teams

1

Team Julien

Raised: $3,767.29

2

Smiley Riley’s Team

$1,924.18

Raised

$2,000.00

Goal
3

Team Kelley

Raised: $1,520.28

4

We Have Faith!

$1,073.81

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal
5

St. Dot’s Kitchen

Raised: $269.66

Top Fundraisers

1

Jencie Ferraro

$3,519.79

Raised

$3,000.00

Goal
2

Faith Poms

$1,073.81

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal
3

Jack Kelley

Raised: $387.66

4

Sara Soto

$269.66

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal
5

Samantha Frazelle

$214.70

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal

Event Schedule

  • September 23 8:00 AM PDT - Registration Opens

  • September 23 9:15 AM PDT - Program Starts

  • September 23 10:00 AM PDT - Run Begins

Contact Information

Event Location

American River Parkway, Sacramento, CA, USA

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