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San Diego Day Center

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Father Joe’s Villages

Joan Kroc Center


1501 Imperial Ave, San Diego

Add some stepping to your Thanksgiving stuffing with the Father Joe’s Villages 5k in San Diego. Help San Diego’s homeless.

Runner with her dog is dressed as Native American at Thanksgiving 5k San Diego

1. You can bring your entire family.

Our Thanksgiving Day 5K is one of the only pet-friendly 5K’s in San Diego. This is the perfect opportunity to get your pup some exercise—maybe they’ll even be too tired to beg for that leftover turkey bone.

Runners posing with Ninja Turtles and Disney Princess

2. It’s a place where childhood dreams come true.

Not everyone wants to make the trek to the Magic Kingdom on Thanksgiving Day. If you want to avoid the traffic and crowds, bring your kids to our Post-Race Festival to meet their favorite Disney-inspired characters—not to mention face painting, games, crafts and more.

Father Joe Thanksgiving 5k runner with headphones

3. You can (pretend to) be healthy before Thanksgiving dinner.

Whether you walk or run the 5K, you can counteract some of the delicious calories to come. Or put those calories right back on by grabbing a fresh homemade pie, baked by our Culinary Arts Program, on your way out.

Family of Thanksgiving 5k runners

4. There’s something for everybody.

How do you plan family activities when your aunt is a health nut, your cousins want to sip on brews and your grandpa would never leave his beloved dog at home? At our 5K, everyone can find something fun to do—whether it’s competing for a race medal, enjoying our beer garden or hanging with a furry friend.

San Diego Thanksgiving 5k runner pushing his child in a stroller

5. Athletes and the rest of us can coexist.

Some people have a need for speed. Others would rather speed-watch their favorite Netflix series. Our 5K offers the opportunity for the more athletic among us to time their race, or you can walk or jog at your own pace. Then, everyone can cool-down together at our Post-Race Festival.

Two San Diego Thanksgiving 5k runners

6. You can help us serve over one million meals to homeless neighbors in need.

Most importantly, our 5K gives you the opportunity to give back. While many of us will be enjoying a warm meal with our loved ones on Thanksgiving, others are struggling to provide food and shelter for their family. Help Father Joe’s Villages serve over one million meals to homeless individuals and families in San Diego.

Click here to register today for the Thanksgiving 5K.