Thanksgiving Day races kick off in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two Thanksgiving Day runs to support worthy causes kicked-off in downtown San Diego and Balboa Park Thursday morning.
The San Diego Run for the Hungry kicked off at 7 a.m. near Horton Plaza and included 5K and 10K courses in downtown.
The event benefits programs at the San Diego Food Bank and Jewish Family Service of San Diego.
Participants were asked to bring canned food and non-perishables to donate at the event. Peanut butter, canned meat like chicken or tuna, canned fruit or vegetables, infant formula, canned soup, and dried goods such as oatmeal or pasta were the most needed.
After the race, a party took place at The Local, 1065 Fourth Ave.
At 7:30 a.m., the 15th annual Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K to raise money to pay for meals for San Diego’s homeless kicked off.
Around 7,500 runners tackled a course that started near Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street on the west side of Balboa Park and continued to the finish on El Prado in front of the lily pond.
A post-race festival at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion included live blues music, a pancake breakfast and costume contest.
Father Joe’s Villages provides around 1 million meals to the homeless each year in San Diego.