Oates worked virtually all of his life, including a stint as a bombardier flying missions over Japan during World War II. He returned from the war with $2,000 he had saved from his military pay and opened A&A Key Shop in 1946 with a business plan that included selling keys door to door for 41 cents. That grew into A&A Key and Builders Supply, which sold “everything from nails to televisions” and eventually became Buzz Oates Enterprises, according to a company history. (Sam Stanton/SacBee/Dec 2013)
Over the years, his family and business partners attributed his success to two factors: his dedication to hard work and his love of dealing with people.
The Buzz Oates RunSac Race Series is made of Sacramento’s best running events. The series provides an opportunity for Sacramento area runners to challenge themselves in running the best local races over a variety of distances throughout the year. The Buzz Oates RunSac Race Series highlights what makes the Sacramento running community the best running community in America; well-produced and managed running events, beautiful running routes, and passionate runners.
The annual Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association is proud to be part of the Buzz Oates RunSac Series and the official Sacramento 5k Championship. This event is brought to you by Capital Road Race Management. Rich Hanna and his crew are Northern California’s premier event management and timing company. www.capitalroadrace.com
A special thanks to the Buzz Oates family for allowing us to present a yearly award in his honor at the annual Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk.