Lots of Running, For a Great Cause

Since its inception, Run for Good in downtown Fairfield every April has been awash in a sea of brightly colored T-shirts worn by Team NorthBay, 300 employees and their family members who take to the streets to make the community a healthier place.

When organizers looked for a partner to assist in creating a spectacle every spring on the streets of the city, NorthBay Healthcare answered the call. That was five years ago.

On April 13, 2013, the fifth anniversary of Run for Good, the morning chill didn’t keep anyone from beginning – and more importantly – ending the run.

The 5K, 10K and children’s half mile events drew more than 1,200 participants. Other local corporations and businesses joined the healthcare system to raise $30,000 to keep the doors of the Matt Garcia Youth Center open.

The center provides after-school activities and life coaching to at-risk kids. It was an obvious partnership from the beginning. It operates under the auspices of the Fairfield Police Athletic League and honors the legacy of former city councilman Matt Garcia who was murdered while in office.

“We know there’s a direct connection. Healthy activities for kids means less likelihood kids will fall into bad or unhealthy habits, be it truancy, illegal activity or poor choices about their health,” explained Gary Passama, president and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare.

“A community that keeps its young people engaged in their education and quality activities is a healthier community,” he added. “So our support of the Run for Good and encouraging employees to participate, was never a hard choice to make.”