Sacramento may be considered a runners dream. Everywhere you go, whether it’s along the scenic river trails, around the downtown parks, up in the mountainous hills, or just alongside the suburban sidewalks, you will see runners everywhere. It may be our climate, the terrain or just the scenery, but it seems as if Sacramento is a place where you can just lace up your shoes…and run! And with the cooler November weather, it’s a great excuse to get outside, enjoy the fall colors and get in some exercise. With Thanksgiving around the corner, many locals are gearing up for some annual traditional runs that always bring out the crowds for a good cause.
The 23rd Annual Run to Feed the Hungry race has become a family tradition for thousands of local residents. It is also one of the largest and respected races in the United States….with close to 27,000 participants each year! On Thanksgiving morning (November 24th), join others at the entrance to the Sacramento State Campus (CSUS) and choose between the 5K or 10K courses to run/walk through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS).
In Folsom, you can join other families in the Folsom Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Choose between a 5K and 10K, starting at the Folsom Zoo/ Library entrance. This event is raising funds for the Twin Lakes Food Bank & Never in Our Town youth scholarship. Another great way to start the holiday morning with your family.
Elk Grove hosts their own Turkey Trot, beginning at 8280 Longleaf Drive. Hundreds of people will be out to support Courage House – helping children who are rescued from human trafficking. Another great organization to support on Thanksgiving morning.
If you are closer to Roseville, then you can join in their annual Turkey Trot, benefitting recreation programs for at risk youth. This race will begin at the Vernon Street Town Square.
I can’t think of a better way to start out my Thanksgiving holiday – with my family, the beautiful colors of all, and a chance to give back to my community, all while burning some calories before the turkey feast begins!
By Heather Crivellone