Jewish Family Service and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank are teaming up for the eleventh annual Thanksgiving Day United Run for the Hungry sponsored by Pure Fitness.
The 10K/5K (6.2 mile/3.1 mile) run/walk takes place on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Broadway Circle, in front of Horton Plaza, and makes its way through San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District and East Village.
The 10K starts at 7:10 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. The early start times ensure that runners finish with plenty of time to return home and prepare Thanksgiving dinner.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and Jewish Family Service’s Food Assistance programs, both of which support individuals and families in need throughout San Diego County.
Race sponsor, Michael London of Pure Fitness said, “I can’t think of a better way to start off Thanksgiving morning than giving back to the community before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner.”
Race organizers are inviting participants to wear their zaniest Thanksgiving-themed costumes. Officials expect a large number of runners and walkers to dress in turkey, pilgrim, and pumpkin outfits which will add to the Thanksgiving holiday spirit.
Food Bank Advisory Board Co-chairman Stephen P. Cushman, an avid runner who will lead the Food Bank’s running team said, “The United Run for the Hungry is a fun run for a serious cause, and this year’s team costumes will make it even more enjoyable for families and children.”
“We are calling on our supporters to sign up for this year’s run because we desperately need the community’s help this holiday season. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is feeding more people than ever before, over 350,000 people per month, and the proceeds from this year’s run will be critical for us to meet the increased need. So get your running shoes on and help us feed San Diego’s hungry.”
Michael Hopkins, CEO of Jewish Family Service, added, “More than 446,000 people in San Diego County live in poverty and face the threat of hunger every day. Many are elderly, homebound, and isolated. Our Foodmobile program delivers hot, nutritious meals to people in need who can’t access other nutritional services and depend on our daily meal delivery. Our Hand Up Youth Food Pantry holds distributions throughout the city including onsite at military bases. Together, with the Food Bank, the United Run for the Hungry helps bring the issue of hunger to the forefront.”
Hopkins added, “The 10K/5K is a great way to start Thanksgiving Day, and it finishes with plenty of time for runners to return home and prepare Thanksgiving dinner.”
Approximately 4,500 participants are expected to run and walk in this event. To register online for this event visit www.unitedrunforthehungry.org
Participants can register on the day of the event. Registration for the 10K closes at 7:00 a.m. and registration for the 5K closes at 7:45 a.m.
Late registration and packet pick up is available on Sunday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping Center, 324 Horton Plaza, in the Food Court.
For additional information about the event title sponsor, Pure Fitness, visit www.purefitness.com.