Locals were off to the races in Mount Washington last Sunday, as the Sinai Hospital Auxiliary’s 10th annual Race for Our Kids welcomed 1,000 people for a day of walking, running and raising money for children.
Starting at 8 a.m., runners took their marks for 5K and 10K chip-timed runs to benefit the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai. All told, the race raised more than $180,000 for the children’s hospital, adding to the $750,000 raised over the previous nine races.
A part of Lifebridge Health, the Samuelson Children’s Hospital treats children from birth to 18 years of age.
Dr. David Tuchman, a Samuelson pediatrician, runs the 5K portion of the race with his wife every year.
“The whole hospital comes out for the race,” said Tuchman. “The race helps provide money and support to families who cannot afford medical bills for their children. Now, many of my former patients bring their children to me. It is great to see families, co-workers and patients support this cause. Many of the hospital departments even make their own teams.”
Winners of both the 5K and 10K runs received medals, while the top finishers of the 10K also received cash prizes totaling $4,100.
Kevin McNabb of Washington, D.C., and Megan DiGregorio of White Marsh placed first in the men’s and women’s divisions of the 10K, and Baltimoreans Josh Rosemore and Kathy Daumer were at the top of their respective divisions in the 5K.
Parents and children also participated in a one-mile family fun walk. The interactive, themed event looped around the Levindale and Sinai Hospital campuses and featured 14 stops highlighting different children’s books.
“We spruced up the walk this year to attract more families,” said Kelly Meltzer, special events manager for Lifebridge Health. “We focused the walk on children’s literature this year. We had different costumed characters at every station. We had pirates for ‘Peter Pan,’ bears for ‘The Berenstain Bears’ and Minnie Mouse. … We even gave train lollipops for ‘The Little Engine That Could.’”
Scott Sax, a project manager for Loyola University, ran his second 5K this year. When his son, Landon, was just 2 months old, he contracted a virus and required care at Samuelson. Now, the whole family comes out to the race, “because we are so grateful for Sinai and the Samuelson Children’s Hospital,” said Sax. “As I ran the 5K, my wife, daughter and son walked the one mile.
“We have come every year since Landon was born, and this year was no exception,” added Sax. “We had a whole team to help our son. It takes special people to be in this line of work, and we come out to support them and thank them for their efforts.”