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Racing for a Reason: Lindsey Spice-Zich

Lindsey running in the 2012 Kaiser Women’s Fitness Fest 5K

Lace up your shoes, Sacramento — the 19th annual Run to Feed the Hungry is only a couple weeks away!

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) encourages you to be part of Sacramento’s Thanksgiving tradition. The 5K and 10K fun run and walk launches from Sacramento State, 6000 J St., on Thanksgiving morning. With 30,000 participants expected to be involved, you are guaranteed a morning of fun with family and friends.

Every week up until then, we will interview a new Run to Feed the Hungry runner. We will ask a handful of different past and present runners the same questions. We have found that people are motivated by many different reasons to be involved in this incredible event.

There is still time to sign up to participate and help keep this the largest Thanksgiving Day run in the country. Go to the Run to Feed the Hungry website for more information and ways to register. We hope to see you there!

Name: Lindsey Spice-Zich
Occupation: Program Specialist for a conservation non-profit and MBA Candidate at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

SP: How many years have you been doing the run?
LS: Six

SP: How many people do you run or walk with?
LS: Each year, I coordinate a team that includes my work colleagues, their family members/friends and my friends. Depending on the year (and weather), our team can range from 6-28 people that walk and run. We have been known to wear turkey hats…

SP: Do you run or walk outside the event?
LS: Yes! I try to run three times a week or do some form of cardio in the gym on a regular schedule. I really enjoy participating in many of the annual local races (Kaiser Women’s Fitness Festival, Valentine’s Day Run, Urban Cow, etc.)

SP: What motivates you to be part of this cause?
LS: I am passionate about this cause because it is a fun way for people of all ages to contribute to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services’ important mission of providing various forms of support to those in need. Also, it’s probably a good idea to do some exercise before all the T-Day festivities.

SP: What is your favorite thing about Run to Feed the Hungry?
LS: I love the positive energy of the thousands of people gathered at the start line and throughout the race. It feels great to be part of a community that cares deeply about these issues. This is definitely my favorite race of the year (as long as it doesn’t rain)!

SP: Do you have a favorite t-shirt design from over the years?
LS: I really liked last year’s black long-sleeve technical shirts. They were pretty snazzy! I’ve definitely worn it several times since last year’s race.

SP: If you could make one wish this Thanksgiving, what would it be?
LS: I would wish that everyone has a healthy, happy, and safe Thanksgiving!

SP: What are you most thankful for this year?
LS: It’s been a challenging year with the recent loss of my father, but I am most thankful to have my health, an amazing husband, my wonderful family (dogs included) and awesome friends. I can honestly say these are the forces that keep me humble, genuine, grateful, and inspired.


Want more? Visit our site for Run to Feed the Hungry 2012 or visit SFBFS’s Facebook page.

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