It became a sea of green tee shirts on J Street Thursday morning as a record 28,643 participants gathered at the start line of Run to Feed the Hungry, Sacramento’s annual 5K and 10K races, beginning and ending near Sacramento State in east Sacramento.
A sacbee.com love blog is providing live coverage of the event, including participant and fan photos.
With a low morning temperature of 37 degrees, this year’s run is among the coldest in the race’s history. Runners showed up prepared with cold-weather gear, but many nonetheless huddled around the event’s outdoor heaters as they awaited the start signal.
Others searched for teammates amid the growing, noisy crowd, and antsy runners fueled up on energy bars, fruit and donuts.
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Now in its 22nd year, the race is a fundraiser for Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. In 2014, the run raised more than $900,000 in donations for the nonprofit.
Robert Tabares, an Oak Park resident dressed in a full turkey suit, is running the race for the seventh time.
“I’ve always wanted to get a turkey suit, and I knew it would keep me warm this year.” He said. “This is a great way to meet friends, get moving, and really help the community.”
The 10K race was scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m., with the 5K starting at 9 a.m.