Sacramento Running Association donates shoes for kids

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Students try on shoes donated by the Sacramento Running Association

The Sacramento Running Association gave away more than 100 pairs of running shoes at its youth track meet last Thursday at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento.

The SRA has already donated several hundred pairs of shoes to local school athletic programs and to Hiram Johnson High School’s Family Advocate Program.

It gave away more shoes to Sacramento elementary school children last Thursday with the assistance of Burbank High School athletes and standout SRA runners Shadrack Biwott and Dominique Jackson.

The SCUSD youth track meet organized by the running association gives students in grades 3-6 a chance to compete in track events at Burbank’s state-of-the-art sports complex. This year, students got the extra bonus of shoes.

“We gathered shoes from local runners at a variety of events, including the CIM Expo,” said Scott Abbott, the SRA’s Director of Sponsorship Sales. “We got such a big response at the Expo. You know how runners are: They run a few hundred miles and buy new shoes…95 percent of the shoes are in excellent shape.”

The Sacramento Running Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners.

“We are so grateful to SRA for supporting our youth and thrilled that our students will have access to well-made athletic shoes,” said SCUSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Sara Noguchi. “I’m positive having high-quality shoes will inspire our students to reach new levels of health and fitness.”