Nate the Great’s annual run raises money for Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

Nathan Thomas Pikul was a happy, healthy, always-on-the-go little boy. He was a typical 18-month-old. 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 (SUDC), which occurs when an apparently healthy child beyond the age of 12 months dies without warning and without a known cause. The SUDC Program is a program of the CJ Foundation for SIDS. There is so little known about SUDC, so building awareness and conducting research is very important, family members said.

The Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation was founded in 2001 by Laura Crandall, an SUDC parent. It is currently unpredictable and unpreventable, the sudden and unexpected death of a child over 12 months old. It is rare, occurring 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. They provide bereavement services to families affected by SUDC throughout the U.S. and in 14 countries abroad and are a source of critical funding for SUDC research.

The second annual Nate the Great’s 5K Race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Rotary Pavilion behind Milford Public Library with all proceeds to benefit the SUDC Foundation in memory of Nate Pikul. The inaugural run had over 200 adult runners, more than 50 kids running and raised over $18,000 to support the work of the SUDC in the name of Nate.

This 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.

The 5K run and walk begins at 10 a.m.; kid’s run begins at 9 a.m., and the after party begins at 1 p.m.

The fees are $25 for the run/walk for ages 10 and up before Sept. 27; $30 before Oct. 10 and $35 the day of the event.

The 1K kids’ run is $10 for ages 9 and under.

The after party is $30 for adults ages 21 and over, and $15 for kids. There is no charge for kids under 10.

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