Can I Join a team?

As long as you sign up by November 1! The minimum number of members for a team is 4. 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 starting November 18. 

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 Sac State. Please be advised that the Sac State J Street entrance will be closed to all vehicles until after the race concludes. Here is a map of the places to park at Sac State 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 Heather at SFBFS (916) 456-1980 after November 27.

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 and 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 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.