SACRAMENTO, STOCKTON, CA - Thousands braved a brisk Thanksgiving morning to take to the streets in events to raise money for programs that feed the hungry. SLIDESHOW: Run to Feed the Hungry
In Sacramento, the 17th annual Run to Feed the Hungry began just after 8:30 a.m.
The run benefits the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.
Participants could tackle either 5k and 10k distances. Both started in front of Sacramento State University, looped through west Sacramento and concluded at the corner of Elvas Avenue and H Street.
It was the 6th annual Run and Walk Against Hunger in Stockton Thursday morning. Approximately 3,400 showed up, about 10 percent more than last year, said organizers.
The route began near the Stockton Arena, and then went south and west along the waterfront to the Stockton Ports ballpark. There was a short run for kids while others opted for the 10k route.
Proceeds benefit the Stockton Emergency Food Bank.
"I know that literally within blocks of this place, there are lots of people with no food to eat," said wlaker Rich Fowler. "It's really important we take advantage of the holidays like this to raise money for people year-round. People are not only hungry at Thanksgiving: They're hungry all the time."