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Run, then eat: A rundown of Thanksgiving Day races in the Sacramento region

The Run To Feed The Hungry, heading down J Street in 2013, is one of several runs scheduled in the Sacramento region for Thanksgiving Day.
The Run To Feed The Hungry, heading down J Street in 2013, is one of several runs scheduled in the Sacramento region for Thanksgiving Day. Sacramento Bee file

Whether in the middle of Sacramento or in communities on the periphery of the capital, chances to get in a good run on Thanksgiving Day abound.

Here are six runs scheduled for the greater Sacramento region, along with registration details:

1. Run to Feed the Hungry

This is the granddaddy of Thanksgiving running events, featuring 10K and 5K races that begin at the entrance of Sacramento State University on J Street and go along east Sacramento streets.

Nearly 30,000 runners are expected to participate this year.

Proceeds benefit Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Regular registration runs through Wednesday and can be done online at runtofeedthehungry.com. Cost is $20 for ages 15 and younger, and $40 for everyone else. Race-day registration of $45 will be accepted at the race site, but runners registering then will not be timed.

2. Elk Grove Turkey Trot

This event also features 10K and 5K runs and is part of a multi-city race series that benefits Courage House homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking, according to the race website. There is also a kids quarter-mile fun run.

The 10K and 5K races begin and finish at Cosumnes Oaks High School, working courses along open area in south Elk Grove.

Online registration is closed, but race-day registration is accepted. Cost is $38 for race-day registration. Cost for the fun run is $16.

3. Folsom Turkey Trot

The eighth annual event features 10K and 5K races and is limited to 4,000 participants. Both courses begin at Folsom Parkway Trails at the corner of Blue Ravine and North Parkway Drive (25025 Blue Ravine, Folsom, CA, 95630).

Participants are being urged to dress up in Thanksgiving costumes.

Online registration ends at 2 p.m. Tuesday at folsomturkeytrot.com, and there is no race-day registration. Cost is $35.

Portions of the proceeds benefit the Twin Lakes Food Bank and the Folsom Athletic Associations Youth Assistance Scholarship. The event also seeks donations of food and clothing for the Twin Lakes Food Bank. Donations are being taken during race packet pick-up.

4. Roseville Turkey Trot 10K & 5K

This year’s Turkey Trot is being held rain or shine, with proceeds going to benefit recreation programs for the community’s at-risk youth.

Both distances start and finish at Vernon Street Town Square in downtown Roseville.

Registration will be taken during packet pickup 2-6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday at Roseville Sports Center, 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA, 95747. Cost is $45 for 10K runners, $40 for 5K, and $35 for runners 14 and younger.

Donations of cash and non-perishable food items will be accepted at packet pickup and on race day and will go to the Placer Food Bank.

More information is available at the race website www.elementalrunning.com.

5. Running of the Turkeys

Woodland hosts its sixth annual Running of the Turkeys, a 5K run and walk that utilizes the city’s attractive downtown and benefits the Yolo Food Bank. The event starts and finishes at the historic Heritage Plaza.

Register at Yolo Food Bank until noon Wednesday, 1244 Fortna Ave., Woodland; also 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Plaza, 600 Main St. Race-day registration is also at Heritage Plaza, beginning at 7 a.m.

Packet pickup is 4-6 p.m. Wednesday or beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Registration cost is $35 for participants 13 and older, $15 for kids 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and younger.

Donations of cash, canned food and frozen turkeys will be accepted.

More information is available at runningoftheturkeys.org.

6. Turkey Trot for Teal

The community of Herald commemorates one of its own, Taylor Steele, who died of ovarian cancer in 2011, with a 5K race in the rural area in southern Sacramento County.

Proceeds go to the nonprofit Strong As Steele Cancer Foundation.

Cost is $30 for all participants.

More information is available on the race website.

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