Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I line up on Thanksgiving morning?

Runners in the 10K (8:35am start) and 5K (9:00am start) will each have designated corrals.  We are asking that 5K runners stay off J Street until after all of the 10K runners pass the start banner. We suggest staying in the CSUS esplanade area in back of the giant blowup turkey. We will make an announcement calling 5K participants onto J Street at the appropriate time. There will be orange signs indicating the TIMED CORRAL. Line up behind the appropriate pace marker to start you race based on your anticipated finish time. The UNTIMED CORRAL will be designated by blue signs. Walkers and those with baby strollers must line up behind the black and white “Walkers/Strollers” sign.


What are the registration fees?

See registration fees here

Why can't I be timed if I register on Race Day?

In order for us to produce an accurate finish time for each timed runner, we must have all the necessary data in our timing file prior to the start of the race. Allowing timing on Race Day would not provide us enough time to accomplish this and we would not be able to identify the runner/tag in this event.

What are the registration deadlines?

View registration deadlines here

Should I pre-register?

Yes.  Race shirts in requested sizes are only given to pre-registered runners. We will only be providing 7,000 timing tags for those who would like to be timed and receive official race results. If you want to register as a timed runner you should plan to register early.

How can I pre-register?

1.  By mail postmarked by Tuesday, November 12th;
2.  On site at the Sacramento REI Store located at 1790 Expo Parkway near the Capital City Freeway.
3.  Online from home or office, until event start 

Where can I pick up my packet?

All packets are available at the Sacramento REI store.  View times here.

Do I need my registration receipt to pick up my packet at REI or on Race Day?

Although not required, we highly recommend you bring your receipt in your email confirmation.

Can I pick up pre-registration materials for other people?

You may pick up packets for friends and family members. Be sure when picking up more than one TIMED bib that the correct bib is used by the correct person. Each pre-registration bib has a label on it that identifies the individual to whom it has been assigned.  If you register more than one timed person at the Sacramento REI store we will write the names of the individuals on the back of the bibs as our system has assigned them. 

What payment methods will be accepted?

Payments may be made using credit cards, cash and checks.

Donations and Fundraising

Can I raise funds, collect donations, or make an additional donation?

Yes.  While not required, a very critical component of Run to Feed the Hungry has always been fundraising. Each year many of you raise funds - from small to very large amounts - and we thank you for that. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) relies on these funds to support the programs they offer year long. While not required, we encourage you to help us continue to meet the ever growing needs of our community by setting a fundraising goal of at least $100 or as much as you feel you can raise. Donations are 100% tax-deductible and qualify for fundraising prizes.

How can I fundraise?

Our fundraising features provide you the opportunity to pass the message on, receive the support of friends, family, and co-workers and qualify for awards. All donations must be received by December 1, 2013 to qualify. Please go to our Raise Funds page for more information.

How much of the money raised is donated and who benefits?

100% of all donation dollars raised goes directly to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to be budgeted for all new and existing programs. As a result of this event's fundraising success, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is able to offer services free of charge to families in need in our community.

How can I make a donation?

You can make a general donation or pledge your donation to a runner or team member. If you are sponsoring a runner or a team member with an online donation on their behalf please do so by finding your recipient here.

You may also mail your donation. Download the donation card here.  Please be sure to include your email address so that we may send you a receipt containing important charitable contributions information*. An acknowledgement will be sent to the recipient of your donation.

*If you have not provided an email address we are unable to send you a receipt for your donation. You may contact Leona at SFBFS at (916) 456-1980 to request one be mailed to you.

Is my donation tax deductible?

All donations are 100% tax deductible. Our Tax Id # is 94-3315566.

Race Day

Where are lost and found items kept?

We have a lost and found area for both people and items. This tent will be located in the northwest corner of the Scottish Rite Temple parking lot. We encourage you to designate an area, prior to the race, as an agreed upon spot to meet up with any members of your group or family who may become separated. If there are items not recovered at the event, please contact Leona at SFBFS (916) 456-1980.

Where should I park?

Please be advised that the CSUS J Street entrance will be closed to all vehicles until after the race. Plenty of parking is available in and around CSUS. Please use the map to determine the best place for you to park and then exit after the event. 

What's the best way to drive to the event?

From Capital City Freeway, Highway 99 and Highway 50 East: Take Highway 50 eastbound Exit at 65th Street Left (north) on 65th Street 0.5 miles to Folsom Blvd Right on Folsom Blvd 0.5 miles to State University Drive East Follow the Run to Feed the Hungry signs.

From Highway 50 westbound: Exit at Howe Avenue (This exit tends to get backed up so please allow yourself enough time) Cross intersection onto College Town Drive Follow Run to Feed the Hungry signs Additional parking exists on the residential streets between 56th and 58th Streets, between M and H Streets. Please allow plenty of time for parking.

How do I exit my neighborhood during the event?

We encourage you to avoid driving in your neighborhood between 8:30 am – 10:30 am. If you must drive, please allow us to provide you with the following instructions so that you may safely and efficiently leave your neighborhood. Please print both of these documents.

Map  l  Exit Plan

Which streets are closed/affected by the race?

J Street between 58th and J Street Bridge (4:30am – 11:30am)
J Street between 58th and Alhambra Blvd (8:35am -10:30am)
45th Street between J Street and Folsom Blvd (9:00am – 10:00am)
Folsom Blvd between 45th Street and 41st Street (9:05am – 10:15am)
41st Street between Folsom Blvd and H Street (9:05am – 10:30am)
H Street from 41st Street to Elvas Avenue (9:00am – 11:15am)
H Street from 57th Street to Elvas Avenue (5:00am – 11:45am)
Alhambra Blvd. between J Street and McKinley Blvd (8:40am – 10:15am)
G Street between Alhambra Blvd and 24th Street (8:45am – 10:00am)
24th Street between G Street and F Street (8:45am – 10:05am)
F Street between 24th and Alhambra Blvd (8:45am - 10:20am)
McKinley Blvd between Alhambra Blvd and Elvas Avenue (8:45am – 10:35am)
Elvas Ave (eastbound) between McKinley Blvd and Coloma Way (8:50am – 10:35am)
Coloma Way between Elvas Avenue and Pico Way (9:00am – 10:45am)
Pico Way from Coloma Way to F Street (9:00am – 10:50am)
F Street from Pico Way to 47th Street (9:00am – 10:55am)
47th Street from F Street to H Street (9:00am – 11:00am)                                                                 
Carlson Drive between H Street and Sandburg Drive (7:30am – 11:45am)
H Street between Camellia and Elvas Avenue (7:30am – 11:45am)
H Street Bridge 7:30am -11:00am

Why can't I bring my dog to the race?

For your pet's safety and the safety of all participants in this event dogs are prohibited. If you have a dog in any of the start areas you will be asked to remove the dog from the race. If that is not an option for you then you will be respectfully asked to refrain from participating in the race. Dogs are also not permitted in the pre and post race areas. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Can I start with the 5K or 10K timed runners if I did not register for the TIMED event?  And if I have a baby jogger?

If you are not registered as a timed runner, you may not enter either the 5K or 10K start corral. If you are a timed runner but have a stroller or baby jogger you plan to run with you also will not be permitted to enter either the 5K or 10K start corral. This is done for the safety of all participants.


How can I get an official race results time?

7,000 timing tags are available for runners who register as a timed participant.  

How do I use my timing device?

We are using Chronotrack B-tag Timing this year. Pin your bib to the front of your bib. The timing tag is attached to the back of your bib number. The timing tag remains on the bib. Please do not cut, bend, fold, wrinkle or change your bib number in any way.

Where can I find timing results?

All timing results will be linked from both and late in the day on Thanksgiving. Finish times are only available for timed runners.

How will awards be handled?

The awards ceremony will take place at 10:15 am on the stage. We will only recognize top three overall and masters winners in both the 5K and 10K. Age group awards will be mailed to all recipients one week after the event.