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Posted: April 4, 2018:  

Athletics: Professional Runners Set to Compete for Credit Union SACTOWN Runís $12,000 Prize Purse

Returning champion Jane Kibii and top American runners from across the country headline the 2018 SACTOWN 10-Mile race

The eighth annual Credit Union SACTOWN Run will host a strong field of professional athletes on Sunday, April 8 as the USA Track & Field Pacific Associationís 10-Mile Championships return to Sacramento.

The SACTOWN 10-Mile race begins at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, preceded by the UC Davis Childrenís Hospital Miracle Mile at 7:30 a.m. and the 5k run at 8:00 a.m. The event, put on by the Sacramento Running Association and sponsored by California and Nevada credit unions, draws runners of all ages and abilities to help raise money for Childrenís Miracle Network Hospitals.

"The Sacramento Running Association is committed to bringing world class running to the Sacramento sporting landscape and the Credit Union SACTOWN Run is a key event in helping us fulfill our mission," Sacramento Running Association Executive Director Scott Abbott said.

The professional field for the 10-mile race includes defending champion Jane Kibii, who has won the SACTOWN 10-Mile race four times in the eventís seven-year history (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017). Kibii, who ran 55:50 to take the title at last yearís SACTOWN Run, will be challenged by a number of fast women on Sunday, including Sacramento-areaís own Lauren Totten and Mammoth Lakesí Margo Malone. Totten was runner-up at the 2017 SACTOWN Run, finishing in 58:05 and with another year of gained fitness, will look to close the gap on Kibii. Malone, who holds a 10,000-meter personal best of 32:29.89, will be making her 10-mile debut on Sunday.

"The SACTOWN 10-Miler is not only a race close to my heart and in my hometown, but also one of my favorite races every year," said Totten. "Itís a great spring season opener and the SACTOWN course is fast and really pretty. I canít wait to toe the line on Sunday!"

The menís race is set to feature 2:12 marathoner Matt Llano along with HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite teammate Craig Lutz and local runner Brendan Gregg. Llano and Lutz will race their first SACTOWN Run on Sunday, while Gregg returns for his third year with the fastest 10-mile personal best time of the field (48:06). George Alex from Phoenix, Arizona will be making his 10-mile debut on Sunday as well and with a personal best half-marathon time of 1:02:54, looks to be another favorite for the win and $2,000 first place prize. Full professional athlete fields can be found below.

In addition to the individual competition, the SACTOWN 10-Mile Run, as part of the Pacific Association 10-Mile Championship, will feature a competitive team division. The HOKA Aggie menís team and SRA Elite womenís team both return to defend their 2017 titles. The Aggies will be led by Sergio Reyes and Jameson Mora and will be challenged by strong teams from the Pacific Association, including the West Valley Track Club. The SRA Elite womenís team will be led by Totten and Alycia Cridebring and are expected to be challenged by the Impala Racing Team.

Race results will be available at RunSACTown.org, with live race updates from @runSRA_CIM via twitter and live finish line coverage from the Sacramento Running Associationís Facebook page.

Registration is still available online at www.runsactown.org and at packet pickup and on race day. The Miracle Mile is free to kids 12 and under until April 6 and then $10 at packet pickup and on race day.

Childrenís Miracle Network Hospitals is an affiliation of childrenís hospitals throughout the country. Childrenís Miracle Network Hospitals treat more than 17 million patients each year, including 98 percent of all children needing heart or lung transplants and 88 percent of all children with cancer. Each year these non-profit hospitals provide state-of-the-art care, cutting edge research and preventative health education.

Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) is the brand under which Americaís credit unions and affiliated organizations fundraise for Childrenís Miracle Network Hospitals. To date, credit unions have raised more than $160 million since the introduction of the CU4Kids program in 1996.

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.

Other SRA events include the recently completed Super Sunday Run, the Gold Country Half on June 10, the Capital Cross Challenge on September 29, the Run the Parkway on November 4 and the 36th annual California International Marathon on December 2.

2018 Credit Union SACTOWN 10-Mile Professional Field
MEN
BIB # NAME CITY AGE 10-Mile PR HALF-MARATHON PR
2 Matt Llano Flagstaff, AZ 29 49:39 1:01:47
4 George Alex Phoenix, AZ 28 N/A 1:02:54
6 Brendan Gregg Davis, CA 28 48:06 1:02:55
8 Craig Lutz Santa Barbara, CA 25 N/A 1:04:18
10 Sid Vaughn Boulder, CO 23 N/A 1:04:03
12 Nico Montanez Mammoth Lakes, CA 23 48:53 1:04:29
14 Sergio Reyes Palmdale, CA 36 48:27 1:03:17
16 Jameson Mora Paso Robles, CA 34 48:52 1:04:57
18 Stephen Kersh Flagstaff, AZ 26 51:38 1:04:37
20 Seth Totten Santa Barbara, CA 26 51:00 1:07:03
22 Brian Glassey Alamosa, CO 27 52:54 N/A
WOMEN
BIB # NAME CITY AGE 10-Mile PR HALF-MARATHON PR
1 Jane Kibii KENYA 33 53:21 1:10:25
3 Lauren Totten Santa Barbara, CA 27 56:33 1:12:01
5 Margo Malone Mammoth Lakes, CA 24 N/A 1:18:02
7 Mara Olsen San Francisco, CA 25 54:18 1:13:03
9 Alycia Cridebring Sacramento, CA 26 N/A N/A
11 Lauren Masterson Alamosa, CO 26 N/A 1:15:43
13 Lindsay Tollefson Mammoth Lakes, CA 32 58:35 1:16:49
15 Allison Gonzales Arroyo Grande, CA 27 59:24 1:18:55
17 Jonah Weeks Davis, CA 27 59:29 1:19:51
19 Molly Friel Fresno, CA 50 1:00:44 1:17:56


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