SARATOGA SPRINGS —The 12th Annual Cantina Kids Fun Run, presented by New Country Motor Car Group, was another success thanks to a record 1,008 participants and a cooperative Mother Nature. Against a backdrop of sun and smiling children, the event raised $72,077 on Sunday, June 2 in Congress Park, bringing the event’s lifetime proceeds to over $560,000 in support of children’s healthcare at Saratoga Hospital. Participation surpassed the previous record of 980 set last year.
“We are beyond grateful to the families who come out year after year to support this community event,” said Heath Ames of the Cantina restaurant, who conceived the idea with her husband Jeff and brought it to Saratoga Hospital in 2008. “At the beginning, we hoped the Fun Run would make an impact on the quality of pediatric healthcare for our community, but to know that we have raised over $560,000 since then is incredible. We could not have accomplished this without the sponsors, volunteers, and enthusiastic runners – thank you!”
Pediatric patients require special equipment and expertise, and the Cantina Kids Fun Run has assisted with both to ensure Saratoga Hospital is ready for whatever comes through its doors. Funds raised from the Fun Run have supported capital needs, as well as ongoing, critical training and specialized equipment for Hospital staff involved in pediatric care. A sampling of the what proceeds have made possible include enhanced training on pediatric blood draws, on-site trauma course training, neonatal resuscitation training, acquiring a pediatric video laryngoscope, on-site education in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry, and simulation training for nurses using a SimJunior (an interactive, programmable pediatric mannequin).
The top finishers in each of the Fun Run events are:
Quarter Mile Race
First: Quintin Tierney First: Emerson Cantanucci
Second: Taylor Patrick Endres Second: Kate Greiner
Third: Owen George Third: Ellie Arnold
1 Mile Race
First: Gianangelo Lanza First: Keira Rogan
Second: Owen Winter Second: Savannah Winter
Third: Brent Pasek Third: Madison Nesbitt
Healthiest School Contest (the school with the highest percentage of registered students): Saratoga Independent School
Jeff and Heath Ames, owners of Cantina restaurant, are the founders of the Fun Run.