Owner of a local fitness studio will host a race for Ukraine at the Capitol


The race for Ukraine will be held at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 2, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

As the Russian-Ukrainian crisis continues, the owner of a local fitness studio in Rocklin is organizing a Run for Ukraine at the State Capitol in support of the Ukrainian people.

the Run for Ukraine will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Race distance will be approximately three miles around the perimeter of the Capitol.

Elina Basaraba, the owner of fitnello, says attendees age eight or older are welcome to take part in the event.

“We want this event to be family-friendly, so I recommend everyone to come and participate,” Basaraba said. “Participants can walk or run during the event, so they don’t need to be athletic to participate.”

Basaraba says joining the race is completely free, but they encourage participants to make a donation to help relieve the Ukrainian people.

Being in the fitness industry, Basaraba says she decided to organize an event centered on something she is passionate about to raise awareness of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and support the Ukrainian people.

“This race will be an opportunity for people to come together, to stay strong, to support the people of Ukraine,” Basaraba said.

Basaraba’s husband, Max, was born in Ukraine and came to the United States when he was 18.

“As someone who has very strong ties to Ukraine, the Russian-Ukrainian crisis has really affected my family and me,” Basaraba said.

Basaraba’s husband has kept close ties to his home country as he has run his high-tech company from Ukraine for 18 years.

When Russia invaded Ukraine, Max’s company founded a non-profit organization, Ukraine-Orgwhich helps support the Ukrainian people.

“He has worked directly with thousands of people on the ground in Ukraine who are in dire need of help right now,” he added. Basaraba said.

Participants can register for the Race for Ukraine HERE.

ABC10 has a full list of ways you can help the people of Ukraine HERE.

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