Celebrate "Be a Fan Sacramento! Day" for Special Olympics

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Join 20,000 Rubber Ducks, 500 Runners and Walkers and Hundreds of Food Epicureans at the inaugural Be a Fan, Sacramento! day Saturday, Sept. 27. The event promises community fun and celebration in recognition of Special Olympics Northern California. Be a Fan, Sacramento! ties together two favorite Special Olympics events for the Sacramento community - the Great Sacramento Duck race and a 5k/10k walk and run, formerly known as Walk for the Gold. Both events, plus the addition of Taste of Old Sac, are designed to celebrate and raise support for Special Olympics in our community.

The inaugural Be a Fan, Sacramento! day Saturday, Sept. 27 promises community fun and celebration in recognition of Special Olympics Northern California. For information, go to BeAFanSacramento.

Be a Fan, Sacramento! ties together two favorite Special Olympics events for the Sacramento community - the Great Sacramento Duck race and a 5k/10k walk and run, formerly known as Walk for the Gold. Both events, plus the addition of Taste of Old Sac, are designed to celebrate and raise support for Special Olympics in our community.

Runners and walkers will participate side-by-side with local Special Olympics athletes in a 5K/10K run and walk along the Sacramento River. Special Olympic athletes are vying for advancement to the Northern California Long Distance Running & Walking Championship.

Duck fans are invited to adopt a duck for a $5 donation and watch the fun as a flock of 20,000 rubber ducks are dropped into the river off the I Street Bridge and race to the finish line at the Tower Bridge. The first 40 lucky ducks to finish will win fabulous grand prizes like a 7-day cruise for two, cash prizes, and more

Food lovers have a chance to purchase a "Taste of Old Sac" passport for $15 and spend the afternoon enjoying tasty treats from favorite shops and establishments.

Sacramento Regional Transit has donated FREE transit passes for all Special Olympics supporters who would like to volunteer or participate in the "Be a Fan, Sacramento!" Passes are valid all day on 9/27 only. Ride the light rail or bus to the Sacramento Valley Station and walk one block to the California State Railroad Museum to save time, gas and parking fees. Contact Josh at (916)920-2950.

Schedule of Events: Be a Fan, Sacramento!

10 a.m. - Be a Fan Fun Run & Walk
11 - 3 p.m. - Tasting Tour of Old Sacramento
3 p.m. - The Great Sacramento Duck Race

Be A Fan, Sacramento! Is proudly presented by PRIDE Industries with sponsor support from California State Railroad Museum - a part of California State Parks, Comcast Spotlight, Sacramento Magazine, Sacramento Regional Transit, Quick Quack Car Wash, Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront, Wells Fargo, Holland America Line and Craig Evans Photography. Find out how you can be a fan and visit BeAFanSacramento.

Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with developmental disabilities. More than 13,000 athletes compete in over 170 competitions throughout the region in 19 sports. Programs are free to all eligible athletes. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

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