Thanksgiving is a popular time to donate time, money, and attention to the community. San Diego has plenty of people who need help, and, fortunately, plenty of people who want to help those around them. In San Diego, we are lucky enough to have more than a few outdoor options that make for a lovely day full of gratitude for the whole family. Ten K’s, 5K’s and fun runs are very popular with San Diegans this time of year, and there seems to be one for everyone! Here’s a list of the top five ways caregivers, home care aides, companion animals and loved ones can stroll, walk and run to improve lives in America’s Finest City.

2018 San Diego Run for the Hungry

  • When: Thanksgiving Morning on November 22 (10K @ 7 a.m., 5K @ 8:15 a.m.)
  • Where: Downtown San Diego – Outside Horton Plaza
  • What: 10k, 5k and Fun Run benefiting the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the North County Food Bank. Dogs welcome! Team fundraising encouraged! Food drive on site!
  • Tickets: Registration info here
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Del Mar Racetrack Family Fun Run

  • When: Thanksgiving Morning on November 22, 8am. Helen Woodward Puppy Race after the Fun Run.
  • Where: Del Mar Racetrack
  • What: “Begin from the actual starting gate, make a one-mile lap all the way around and finish in the Winners’ Circle where you will get your picture taken. Several Del Mar jockeys will be running, jogging and walking right with you!”
  • Tickets: Registration info here
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San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot 15K/10K/5K

  • When: Thanksgiving Morning on November 22 (15K at 8am, 10K at 8:05am, 5K at 8:10am)
  • Where: Rohr Park, 4548 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita, CA 91902
  • What: “San Diego’s only Turkey Trot that has 3 distances to choose from!” Remember, you must be able to complete any of the 3 races within 2 hours and 30 minutes, because everyone has turkey to get to later!
  • Tickets: Registration info here. Registration for 1000 participants only, so don’t wait to sign up!
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Father Joe’s Villages 17th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K

  • When: Thanksgiving Morning on November 22. Registration at 6:30am, timed 5K begins at 7:35am, and Fun Run begins at 7:40am. Registration packet pickup on November 21st, 11am – 6pm, at REI in Kearny Mesa.
  • Where: Balboa Park, Spreckels Organ Pavilion: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • What: “Join 7,500+ participants and spectators in Balboa Park for the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K On November 22nd, 2018! Registration will open at 6:30 am and the race will begin at 7:30 am. Click here for more details.” Dogs welcome! Team fundraising encouraged! Donations appreciated whether you run or not!
  • Tickets: Registration info here. Register as an individual or as a team!
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Encinitas Turkey Trot

  • When: Thanksgiving Morning on November 22 (10K at 7:30am, 5K at 8am)
  • Where: 505 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • What: “Start your Thanksgiving Holiday fun with friends and family at the Encinitas Turkey Trot 5k & 10k. It starts and finishes under the World Famous “ENCINITAS” Sign on Coast Highway 101.” Includes Costume Contest with prizes!
  • Tickets: Registration info here. Register as an individual or as a team!
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If you’re looking for some less sweaty way to help, there’s a great way to find volunteer opportunities for yourself and your family this season. Go to VolunteerMatch.org to search for nonprofits looking for help all over San Diego County. Search by age, activity type, and cause. Find exactly what you’re looking for and make a difference exactly the way you want to. If you’re looking forward to family, fun and food next week, consider adding philanthropy to that list! Happy Thanksgiving!

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