The Annual Brian Sturgeon St. Patrick's Day Run is back and celebrating its 35th year! Register for this year's run at briansturgeonrun.com
Brian Sturgeon, once an avid runner, doesn’t run anymore because of chronic cerebral palsy and an arthritic back. But he will walk the 2-mile route at our annual event that raises money for United Cerebral Palsy of Central California.
Sturgeon has been a fixture at every race since the first one in 1979. Then, the race was a two-mile run in conjunction with the UCP telethon. Now, it is part of the valley's Runner-of-the-Year series.
"Brian has taken part in every race as either a runner or walker," race director Ken Takeuchi said. “People really admire him. He inspires them." "I walk now," said Sturgeon, who also has a voice impediment caused by his cerebral palsy. "I’ve slowed down. I have a really bad arthritic lower back, and it slows me down. But I’m still out there every year, rain or shine. I do as much as I can with whatever I have. We all have something."
The race has moved a few times over the years; we're thrilled that our event has been combined with the St. Patrick's Day celebration run in March. Brian still remembers a wet day in January when the race was in its infancy."Everybody quit but me," he said. "I was determined to finish. The race is named for me. Not many people have a run named after them." As a member of the Divisadero Jr. High School Cross Country Team in Visalia, Brian enjoyed running up to nine miles a day. Stuart Rose, a family friend and a Broadway performer, often joined Brian. It was their years of running together that inspired Mr. Rose to start an event to benefit UCP in honor of his running partner. The men started the benefit event as a timed run, raising money from per-mile race pledges and again when the run was rebroadcast on the telethon. The race committee included members of the UCP Board and Brian's parents Ed and Vonny Sturgeon. In 2002, Brian was honored as an Olympic Relay Torchbearer at the Salt Lake City, Utah Olympic Games. He, his family and friends traveled to Squaw Valley, California where Brian proudly carried the Olympic Torch on its 13,500 mile-plus journey across America. Brian became one of many to help "Light the Fire Within" his community and our nation. Brian is a member of the Fresno High School Class of 1971.
Our event includes six divisions: a quarter-mile/half-mile/eighth mile children’s run, a 2-mile walk, a 2-mile run, 5-mile walk & a 4-mile run that awards 30 points towards the Valley Runner-of-the-Year.
Event schedule and times
Thursday March 6th - Sierra Running
Race Day Information:
Saturday March 8, 2013 - Woodward Park Mountain View Shelter
6:15am - Registration Opens
7:00am - 5 Mile walk
7:30am - 4 Mile Run
7:35am - 2 Mile Run/Walk
8:30am - Kids Fun Run
On April 5, 2014, individuals and teams will come together and celebrate their fundraising efforts and the programs of UCP of Central California in the south valley at Walk -N- Roll 2014. The money you raise supports much needed therapy and behavioral support services for children with special needs and their families as well as our community-based school readiness programs for parents and children.
Walk as an individual or start a team with friends, family, even you company and raise money and awareness for our mission to create a life without limits for children with special needs – we couldn’t do it without you!
Thank you for joining with us and sharing the life changing work of UCP of Central California.
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Sponsorship opportunities still available.
This is our 8th Annual Run! Put on completely by volunteers with a passion for UCP of Central California, the Run keeps growing every year and last year was no different. We have a great ride in store for you. It winds through some of the most beautiful settings that Central California has to offer. We will start and stop at Clawson Motorsports, one of our great sponsors and a wonderful host venue for our event. We have run pins, Shirts, Raffles, Food, music and great memories awaiting you. All Motorcycles are welcome. This is a friendly atmosphere where we enjoy the Brotherhood of the road and look forward to the adventure.
We look forward to seeing you at the run.
Preregistration is encouraged. Registration forms will be available at our sponsors soon.
Stay tuned for updated information.
Don't miss this culinary experience! Savor premium wines, exquisite culinary creations, live music and a silent auction all of which benefit UCP of Central California.
Graciously hosted once again by Keith and Liz Allen.
Please stay tuned for details regarding your ticket and sponsorship opportunities.
UCP Day is a team fundraising campaign for businesses and organizations. Help us celebrate our abilities and raise awareness for how UCP of Central California is changing lives.
We believe too often we concentrate on our liabilities or limitations. How great would it be if everyday we focused on our awesome capabilities instead? UCP of Central California is all about creating a life without limits for people with disabilities. You can help us.
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Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Find out how you can become a sponsor by emailing email@example.com
In the months to come, our Performing Arts students at UPC of Central California's Center for the Arts and Technology will be preparing their set list for their performance in the pre-show at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater. Before the Good Company Players take the stage, UCP students will dazzle audience members with their renditions of nostalgic songs.
Mark your calendar's and don’t miss out on a magical celebration of song and dance. Consider bringing the entire family to celebrate the wonderful work of our students and program.
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