Do you like to run? Want to put some of that sweat and pavement-pounding into a good cause? Then put on your running shoes, and get signed up for the 16th annual Run to Feed the Hungry this Thanksgiving!
The Run to Feed the Hungry goes to support Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (located at 3333 3rd Avenue in nearby Oak Park), a local organization that feeds and provides services to thousands of needy people in Sacramento. The race was started in 1994 with just 800 runners. By 2008, it had grown to include over 28,000 participants, and raised over $750,000 for Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. (This year, the Food Bank hopes to raise $800,000.)
The race takes place the morning of Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day). It starts at California State University, Sacramento (just west of the entrance), and runs through East Sacramento. There are timed runs of 10 km (6.2 miles); 5 km (3.1 miles); and an untimed 5 km “fun” walk/run. Race day registration is between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. at CSUS.
Fees are $35 for adults, $20 for children 15 and under, and $50 for team members (the fees are slightly higher for registration the day of the race). There are unfortunately no refunds. The morning of the race, KCRA 3 News will provide live coverage during the morning newscast from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., and on KQCA My 58 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Not quite in shape, but thinking about doing the race next year? Run to Feed the Hungry organizers have even developed a 2 1/2 month training schedule for would-be runners interested in running their first 10 K. (Just click here and scroll down toward the bottom to download a PDF of the training schedule.)
Also, if you’re a member of our neighborhood’s own Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op–and interested in the race–consider joining the Co-op Team! Register by November 6 to receive your Team Co-op T-shirt. Or, if you’re going to be out of town on Thanksgiving, you can even donate $20, which will provide 5 days’ worth of groceries for 3 families of 4. Check the Co-op website above, or call them at (916) 455-2667 for more information.