Take a Run Before Thanksgiving Fun

The race has a new course this year, in addition to a raffle for a luxury motor home

By Sarah Grieco
|  Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 12:52 PM PDT
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Father Joe's Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk

Crowds of people showed up for Father Joe's Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk in 2011. This year, you could be one of them. The walk begins at 7:45 a.m. in Balboa Park. Get registration information here.

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Before gobbling down a large Thanksgiving meal, burn some calories for a good cause.

The annual Father Joe’s Village Village 5k run/walk through Balboa Park gets your blood pumping before the gluttonous holiday dinner.

The race has a new course this year, in addition to a raffle for a luxury motor home.

Winners from each age group will get a medal during the post-race event at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. And even if you’re not competitive there are plenty of rewards. Registration includes a commemorative T-shirt, a complimentary continental breakfast, a complimentary post-race beer garden and live entertainment.

“Proceeds from the Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K represent a critical source of support for this organization’s programs,” said Sister Tricia Cruise of Father Joe’s Village. “These are programs that help homeless individuals regain their self-sufficiency—from children and families to adults and military veterans. Each registration truly is an investment in the future of San Diego.”

It’s a popular event – more than 10,000 people participated last year – so make sure to sign up early. Runners, walkers, wheelchairs and strollers are welcome in the race so it’s an event the whole family can participate in.

Signups cost $28-$40 depending on age group and online registration must be completed by Nov. 21. Day of registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins at 7:45 in the morning.

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