Nate the Great's 5K raises money for SUDC

The third annual Nate the Great’s 5K Race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at the Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library in Milford, with all proceeds to benefit the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation in memory of Nate Pikul.

Nathan Thomas Pikul was a happy, healthy, always-on-the-go little boy. He was a typical 18-month-old boy. He loved to run around and kick a soccer ball. He had the bluest eyes and the sweetest smile that allowed him to get away with a lot.

Nate went to sleep on Sept. 24, 2007 and didn't wake up the next morning. Because he was over one year old, Nate's death falls into the category of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, which occurs when an apparently healthy child beyond the age of 12 months dies without warning and without a known cause. There is so little known about SUDC, so building awareness and conducting research is very important, according to friends and family who organize the 5K in Nate’s memory.

The Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation was founded in 2001 by Laura Crandall, an SUDC parent. SUDC is currently unpredictable and unpreventable. The sudden and unexpected death of a child over 12 months old — which remains unexplained after all known and possible causes of death have been ruled out — is very rare. It occurs in approximately 1.5 out of every 100,000 toddlers.

The SUDC Foundation provides a centralized resource for information, support and advocacy and has created the first and only worldwide database for SUDC. The foundation provides bereavement services to families affected by SUDC throughout the U.S. and in 14 countries abroad and is a source of funding for SUDC research.

“This important research would not exist today or continue without the dedication of The SUDC Foundation,” event organizers said.

The upcoming 5K is a chip-timed race. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners and top three in each age group. Snacks, water, and juices will be available before and after the race as part of the registration fee.

Post-run beverages will be provided by New England Brewing Company for all registered runners and volunteers. The after party will be held at Stonebridge Restaurant for an extra charge of $30 per person (21 and over), under 21 is free. The ticket price includes a buffet lunch and drink ticket.

Last year more than 250 adult runners, with more than 50 kids running, raised over $12,000 to support the work of the SUDC in the name of Nate Pikul.

The 5K Run and Walk begins at 10 a.m. The Kids’ Run begins at 9 a.m., and the after-party begins at 1 p.m.

Fee for the 5K Run/Walk (ages 10 and up) is $25 before Sept. 27, $30 before Oct. 8, $35 day of race.

Fee for the Kids' Fun Run is $10 for ages 9 and below.

The after-party is $30, and no charge for ages 21 and under.

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