Burn off your stuffing and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving at one of these benefit/fundraising races!
Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk: This is San Diego’s original and longest-standing Thanksgiving Day run. Join over 10,000 participants and spectators for one of the most family-oriented holiday traditions! The event offers a post-race festival featuring live music, a beer garden, costume contest and award ceremonies. Most importantly, this event provides a great atmosphere for your family to participate in the beauty of giving back to others. Proceeds from this event will go towards helping Father Joe’s Villages prepare and serve over 1 million meals to our homeless neighbors in need. November 26, 7-11 a.m. $25-$44.
Coronado 5K Turkey Trot: Move your feet before the feast! Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary for its 2nd Annual 5k Turkey Trot on November 26 at 8:00 am at Tidelands Park. All proceeds benefit the Rady Pediatric Genomic and Systems Medicine Institute. This is a family-friendly 5K; it welcomes runners, strollers (both kinds) and walkers. For safety, organizers ask that only children under 6 bring scooters; no bikes or pets please. November 26, 8-10 a.m. $15-$40.
San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive 15K, 10K & 5K: Put your turkey in the oven, pack up the family, and come and run or walk San Diego’s only Turkey Trot that has three distances to choose from. Looking for a Thanksgiving Day run in San Diego where everyone can be happy? Look no further! The San Diego Turkey Trot solves that dilemma. Whether you want to walk the 5k or run your tail off on any of the 3 courses, everyone will have a blast this Thanksgiving. However, you must be able to complete any of the 3 races within 2 hours and 15 minutes (minimum average pace for 15K is 15min/mile) November 26, 8-10:30 a.m. $29-$68.
San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K: Run for the Hungry was created in 2002 by Michael London, then founder and CEO of PureFitness Athletic Clubs in San Diego. His vision was to have a premier event on Thanksgiving Day in Downtown San Diego that would benefit people who face hunger in the community. All profits from this race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and hunger-relief programs such as the JFS Food Mobile and HandUp Food Pantry managed by Jewish Family Service of San Diego. The event started as a 5k race at Seaport Village. It grew by leaps and bounds over the following years, and moved to Petco Park to accommodate the growing number of participants. The extended 10k course has presented challenges with trolley crossings and rerouting traffic, but the San Diego Police Department has done an outstanding job providing officers on a holiday to keep race participants safe. Most recently, the event was moved to the front of Horton Plaza mall at Broadway Circle. Want your furry companion to join you Thanksgiving morning for a brisk, morning walk or run? Register them! It costs $10, which includes a one-of-a-kind Run for the Hungry bandanna for Sparky to wear throughout the race. November 26, 7-10 a.m. $27-$54.