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Event Information


Event Information



10K Run & 5K Run/Walk to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services


Thanksgiving morning - Thursday, November 24, 2016 — Rain or Shine!
10K - 8:15 a.m. • 5K - 9 a.m.


The race starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the beautiful tree lined streets of East Sacramento. 


  • Individuals
    • Youth (17 & under)
      • July 1 - November 24: only $20!
    • Adults (18 & older)
      • Early Bird Registration (by Thursday, November 17) - $35
        (guarantees a shirt in your size!)
      • Regular Registration (Friday, November 18 through Wednesday, November 23) - $40
      • Race Day Registration (Thanksgiving Day, November 24) - $45 *Race day registrants will not be timed
  • Teams 
    • Youth (17 & under) - $35
    • Adults (18 & older) - $55
  • Drumstick Dasher (Virtual participant)
    • Out of town? Responsible for the Meal? Want to sleep in? Register as a Drumstick Dasher to receive your bib and shirt, but skip the running. You may pick up your shirt at REI before the event or at SFBFS after the event.
    • Drumstick Dashers may pick up their shirts at REI beginning November 19 or at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (3333 Third Ave. Sacramento, Ca 95817) after December 1.  

Individuals who give a donation of $50 or more AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION (and WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) will receive a Run to Feed the Hungry scarf! (SOLD OUT!) Register today! 

Paper registration available! Click here to print and mail in your registration!



Run to Feed the Hungry merchandise items are available for purchase this year! Stay warm this Thanksgiving with a Run to Feed the Hungry lightweight hoodie or ball cap! Select your favorite items when you register!

Individual Shirt Sizing Chart
Lightweight Zip Hoodie Sizing Chart
Ball Cap - one size fits most
Scarf - one size fits most - SOLD OUT!

 Individual cotton, unisex, Navy blue long sleeve tee 

 Individual cotton, unisex, Navy blue long sleeve tee 


Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup is available Saturday, November 19 through Wednesday, November 23 (6 p.m.) at the Sacramento REI Store. See REI Packet Pickup information. Packet pick up is also available on Thanksgiving Day from 7 - 9 a.m. at Sacramento State University.

Things to Remember

  • Please keep dogs at home...for the safety of both species!
  • No roller blades, bikes, scooters or skateboards.
  • Bike parking is available during the event.
  • Refunds and transfers are not available because all proceeds go to support families in our community.
  • No strollers, baby joggers or wagons in the 10K and 5K timed races.




Can I Join a team?

Of course! Click here for more information.


Registrants do not sign up for the 5K or 10K specifically. Everyone can decide on the morning of the event if they will participate in the 5K or 10K. Please remember that the 10K start time is at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K start time is 9 a.m.

Why can't I be timed if I register on Thanksgiving morning?

In order for us to produce an accurate finish time for each timed runner, we must have all the necessary data in our timing file prior to the start of the race. Allowing timing on Race Day would not provide us enough time to accomplish this and we would not be able to identify the runner/tag in this event.

When should I register?

As early as possible! Run to Feed the Hungry shirts in requested sizes are only guaranteed to Early Bird registrants. We will only be providing 6,000 timing tags for those who would like to be timed and receive official race results. If you want to register as a timed runner, you should plan to register early.

There are only 7,000 team member registration spaces available. 

Where can I pick up my shirt and bib?

All packets are available at the Sacramento REI store. 

Do I need my registration receipt to pick up my shirt and bib?

Although not required, we highly recommend you bring the receipt in your e-mail confirmation for faster service.

Can I pick up pre-registration materials for other people?

You may pick up packets for friends and family members. Be sure when picking up more than one timed bib that the correct bib is used by the correct person. Each bib has a label or handwritten name on it that identifies the individual to whom it has been assigned. 

What payment methods will be accepted?

  • Online - Credit Card only
  • REI -  Cash, credit card or check  
  • Sac State - Cash, credit card or check  


Click here to see last year's results!


Any gift made at the time of registration will go toward your personal fundraising efforts. Gifts made by friends and family will also go directly to your page. Click here to learn more about fundraising!

Thanksgiving Day

What's the best way to drive to the event?

From Capital City Freeway, Highway 99 and Highway 50 East: Take Highway 50 eastbound. Exit at 65th Street Left (north) on 65th Street, 0.5 miles to Folsom Blvd. Right on Folsom Blvd. 0.5 miles to State University Drive East. Follow the Run to Feed the Hungry signs.

From Highway 50 westbound: Exit at Howe Avenue (This exit tends to get backed up so please allow yourself enough time). Left onto College Town Drive. Follow Run to Feed the Hungry signs.

Additional parking exists on the residential streets between 56th and 58th Streets, between M and H Streets. Please allow plenty of time for parking.

Where should I park?

Plenty of free parking is available in and around CSUS. Please be advised that the CSUS J Street entrance will be closed to all vehicles until after the race concludes. Here is a map of the places to park at CSUS and the surrounding areas.

Important: Thursday is garbage collection day in East Sacramento. If parking in the residential neighborhood between 55th and 58th Streets, please refrain from moving garbage cans from the curb in order to park your car. Thank you!

Where do I line up on Thanksgiving morning?

Runners in the 10K (8:15 a.m. start) and 5K (9 a.m. start) will each have designated corrals.  We ask that 5K runners stay off J Street until after all of the 10K runners pass the start banner. We suggest staying in the Sacramento State esplanade area in back of the giant inflatable turkey. We will make an announcement calling 5K participants onto J Street at the appropriate time. There will be orange signs indicating the timed corral. Line up behind the appropriate pace marker to start your race based on your anticipated finish time. The untimed corral will be designated by blue signs. Walkers and those with baby strollers must line up behind the black and white Walkers/Strollers sign.

Where are lost and found items kept?

We have a lost and found area for both people and items. This tent will be located next to the stage in the post-race area. We encourage you to designate an area, prior to the race, as an agreed upon spot to meet up with any members of your group or family who may become separated. If there are items not recovered at the event, please contact Leona at SFBFS (916) 456-1980.

Why can't I bring my dog to the race?

For your pet's safety and the safety of all participants in this event, dogs are prohibited. If you have a dog in any of the start areas you will be asked to remove the dog from the race. If that is not an option for you then you will be respectfully asked to refrain from participating in the race. Dogs are also not permitted in the pre-race and post-race areas. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


How can I get an official time?

6,000 timing tags are available for runners who register as a timed participant.  

How do I use my timing device?

We are using Chronotrack B-tag Timing. Pin your bib to the front of your shirt. The timing tag is attached to the back of your bib number. The timing tag remains on the bib. Please do not cut, bend, fold, wrinkle or change your bib number in any way.

Where can I find timing results?

All timing results will be linked from both www.runtofeedthehungry.com and www.capitalroadrace.com late in the day on Thanksgiving. Finish times are only available for timed runners.

What are the age divisions?

12 and under; 13-15; 16-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+

What are the awards for top runners?

The top three overall male and female finishers in the 5k and 10k receive custom plaques and the following prize money: 
         - 1st place - $300
         - 2nd place - $200
         - 3rd place - $100

The top three masters male and female finishers in the 5k and 10k receive custom plaques and the following prize money: 1st place - $150; 2nd place - $100; and 3rd place - $50. Top three finishers in each age group receive custom medals. 

How will awards be handled?

We will be awarding the top 3 male and female 5k and 10k winners as they cross the finish line. All other awards will be mailed to all recipients one week after the event.

Can I start with the timed runners if I did not register for the timed event?  What if I have a baby jogger?

Only timed participants may enter the 5K or 10K start corral. Untimed participants follow timed participants. If you are a timed runner with a stroller or baby jogger you will not be permitted to enter the 5K or 10K start corral. This is done for the safety of all participants.

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REI Packet Pickup

REI Packet Pickup


Saturday, November 19 through Wednesday, November 23

Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday, November 21 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 22 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

1790 Expo Pkwy
Sacramento, CA 95815 

Packet pickup is available at the Sacramento REI store for individual and team registrants who registered either online or by mail, or who would like to register in-person. Participants will receive a bib, race shirt and timing tag (if applicable). If possible, please bring the receipt from your confirmation e-mail(s) for faster service. You may pick up packets for friends or family members.

Packet Pickup is also available on Thanksgiving Day from 7 - 9 a.m. at Sac State.

Team Members: Please send one representative, or your Team Captain, to REI to pick up the entire team packet (including all shirts). 


Course & Exit Plan

Course & Exit Plan


Our 5K and 10K courses wind through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento. The 5K and 10K share the same finish line just east of the corner of Elvas Avenue and H Street.


We appreciate that the residents of East Sacramento can be impacted by the very large crowd and road closures on Thanksgiving morning. This map and instructions should help ease the burden a little. Thanks for your support and patience. 

Which streets are closed/affected by the race?

J Street between 58th and J Street Bridge (4:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
J Street between 58th and Alhambra Blvd (8:10 – 10:30 a.m.)
45th Street between J Street and Folsom Blvd (9 – 10 a.m.)
Folsom Blvd between 45th Street and 41st Street (9:05 – 10:15 a.m.)
41st Street between Folsom Blvd and J Street (9:05 – 10:30 a.m.)

41st Street between J Street and H Street (9:05-10:30 a.m.)
H Street from 41st Street to Elvas Avenue (8:35 – 11:15 a.m.)
H Street from 57th Street to Elvas Avenue (5 – 11:45 a.m.)
Alhambra Blvd. between J Street and McKinley Blvd (8:20 – 10:00 a.m.)
G Street between Alhambra Blvd and 24th Street (8:20 – 9:20 a.m.)
24th Street between G Street and F Street (8:25 – 9:25 a.m.)
F Street between 24th and Alhambra Blvd (8:25 – 9:35 a.m.)
McKinley Blvd between Alhambra Blvd and Elvas Avenue (8:25 – 10:00 a.m.)
Elvas Ave (eastbound) between McKinley Blvd and Coloma Way (8:30 – 10:00 a.m.)
Coloma Way between Elvas Avenue and Pico Way (8:30 – 10:15 a.m.)
Pico Way from Coloma Way to F Street (8:30 – 10:15 a.m.)
F Street from Pico Way to 47th Street (8:30 – 10:15 a.m.)
47th Street from F Street to H Street (8:35 – 10:15 a.m.)
Carlson Drive between H Street and Sandburg Drive (7:15 – 11:45 a.m.)
H Street between Camellia and Elvas Avenue (7:15 – 11:45 a.m.)
H Street Bridge (7:15 – 11 a.m.)

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Timed Results

Timed Results

See the results from previous years here! 

- 2015
- 2014
- 2012  
- 2011 
- 2010  
- 2009  
- 2008

2015 Race Records


Open Men - Alena Reta - 28:37 (also City of Sacramento 10k Record)
Open Women - Salome Kosggi - 32:27

Masters Men - Dennis Simonaitis - 29:38
Masters Women - Mary Coordt - 36:24


Open Men - Jeffrey Lease - 14:39
Open Women - Jane Kibii - 16:03

Masters Men - Jeff Hildebrandt - 15:52
Masters Women - Midori Sperandeo - 17:20