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Run to Feed the Hungry Race-Day Tips for all Fitness Levels
Run to Feed the Hungry Race-Day Tips for all Fitness Levels

Run to Feed the Hungry, the largest run in Sacramento and the country’s largest Thanksgiving Day race, is quickly approaching! It is a great way to burn off pre-holiday calories and stress while giving back to the community to support a great cause

For Sacramentans starting out Thanksgiving morning participating in Run to Feed the Hungry, California Family Fitness, the Sacramento region’s leading homegrown health and fitness provider, has tips designed for all fitness levels to prepare for race day.



1.       Get adequate rest leading up to race day to ensure that you don’t end up tired morning of Thanksgiving and race day.

2.       Stay Hydrated before the race. Hydration should remain consistent in the days before your run. Morning of the race, drink 16 ounces of water two to three hours before the start to give your body time to process the extra fluid. You can also drink another one to two cups right before the race starts.

3.       Fill your body with nutrients. Proper nutrition before a run is essential to ensuring that you have enough energy to complete a 5K or 10K. Don’t change up your routine drastically, but do make sure to have a 150 calorie snack consisting of easy-to-digest carbs and protein about 45 minutes to an hour before the race starts.

4.       Warming up and stretching is key to a successful run. Don’t stretch cold muscles; it can lead to injury if done incorrectly. For best results, warm up for 5 to 10 minutes then stretch for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also try dynamic stretches, which combine a warm up and stretching.


During the race:

1.       Pace yourself. Most everyone feels good in the beginning of their run. Be sure to start at a comfortable pace and slowly build to prevent injury and ensure a successful race.

2.       Hydrate. Stop at the water stations and sip a cup of water or electrolyte drink as you continue to jog. Electrolyte drinks alleviate muscle cramping and help keep your endurance levels up as you run.



1.       Cooling down is just as important as warming up. Continue to slowly jog for 5 to 10 minutes followed by thorough stretching after you have completed the race.

2.       Restore fluids. Drink 8 ounces of water or a sports drink with electrolytes for every hour you are active.


Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make memories, start New Year’s resolutions early, and give back to the community this Thanksgiving Day at the Run to Feed the Hungry. Make sure to reserve your spot online by registering at www.RuntoFeedtheHungry.com.    


To learn about California Family Fitness facilities and training programs, visit www.CaliforniaFamilyFitness.com.


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