Run to Feed the Hungry A 'Go' Despite Rain, Poor Air Quality

The weather and poor air quality may not be on their side, but the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services hopes this year's event will draw the huge crowd it usually does. 

Kelly Sieskin with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services said the coming rain and wind will help clear out the air before the event.

"There's a nice break on Thanksgiving morning before more rain enters on Thanksgiving afternoon, so we should have a great, clear and healthy sky," Sieskin said. 

Exerting yourself in poor air quality is a problem, but don't worry -- this isn't an intense race for hardcore runners.

"It is something that can be leisurely," Sieskin said. "A lot of families are out there pushing strollers, enjoying their coffee, chatting with neighbors." 

Last year's Run to Feed the Hungry had almost 30,000 participants. Sieskin said they're hoping they'll have the same kind of turnout, despite rain in the forecast. She said the last time it rained on the event was in 2011, but folks still came out in droves. 

"Regardless of the weather, Thanksgiving only happens one day a year," Sieskin said. 

Run to Feed the Hungry is the food bank's largest fundraiser of the year, typically raising over $900,000. 

Just down the road in Elk Grove, also on Thanksgiving, is the Gobble Wobble. That event raises money for Chicks in Crisis, a non-profit that offers offering adoption, parenting and educational services.

To register for Run to Feed the Hungry, click here.

To register for Gobble Wobble, click here.

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