Go run

To pre-register for the Run to Feed the Hungry (this is recommended), or for more information about times and donating to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, go to www.runtofeedthehungry.com.

It’s almost Thanksgiving Day, so Sacramento’s 18th Annual Run to Feed the Hungry is upon us! If you haven’t been a participant in this splendid local holiday tradition, or at least witness the spectacle of it all, don’t miss your chance on T-day, November 24.

Best part? The run is a giant fundraiser for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Heralded as one of the largest races in the country (organizers expect something like 27,000 participants this year!) the run is perfect for those who want to give to a good cause and burn some pre-meal calories in the bargain. The course starts on J Street (in front of Sacramento State University) and ends near Elvas Avenue. The 10K starts at 8:35 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.

… then give thanks

For a region that is magnanimous in its count of rivers and trees.

For the Sacramento Ballet’s zombie dancers.

For another week in Sacramento without tule fog.

For the Occupy Wall Street movement’sdefense of the 99 percent.

For the Yolo Bypass and levees that, so far, have kept Sacramento dry.

For the local volunteers who help keep Loaves & Fishes, the Salvation Army, St. John’s Shelter, the Sacramento Food Bank and other crucial area nonprofits going.

For David Garibaldi’s urban portraits.

For the American River Bike Trail.

For locals who are fighting the good fight in defense of the poor, the disenfranchised, the environment.

For simple pleasures, like walking the dog.

For the art lovers at Verge Center for the Arts.

For the poetry lovers at Luna’s Café & Juice Bar.

For Chando’s three-taco special.

For Clayton Bailey’s “Dr. Gladstone’s Wonderlab” at the Crocker Art Museum.

For the hidden bee garden at UC Davis.

For the fact that, despite sky-high unemployment rates, some of us have the job of our dreams.

For co-workers who make us proud.

For friends who make us laugh.

For family and loved ones.