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Racing for a Reason: Jennifer Fearing

Jennifer Fearing (right) with SFBFS Communications Director Kelly Siefkin

Lace up, Sacramento – we’re only weeks away from turkey, stuffing, and the 19th annual Run to Feed the Hungry.

This 5k and 10k walk/run is not only a local Thanksgiving tradition, but it also benefits Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, an organization integral to the service of Sacramento’s less fortunate – particularly during the holiday season. So break out those sneakers and on Nov. 22 join roughly 30,000 of your closest friends, relatives and acquaintances at the starting line on 6000 J Street.

Until then we’ll be rallying past and present runners to sit down and share their stories with The Sacramento Press, to tell us their personal reasons for racing.

There is still plenty of time to register to participate, and if you (like myself) do not consider yourself so much the running type, why not sign up to help with crowd control, at water stations, or cleanup and course monitoring? Every little bit helps!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Ms. Jennifer Fearing:

Occupation: Legislative advocate for the Humane Society of the United States

SP: How many years have you been doing the run?
JF: 10+ — half the years as a runner, the other as a volunteer.

SP: How many people do you run or walk with?
JF: I’ve run or walked with family and friends, and when I volunteer I join with hundreds of others!

SP: Do you run or walk outside the event?
JF: Yes – I used to be more competitive, but now I just run to enjoy my neighborhood and trails along the American River.

SP: What motivates you to be part of this cause?
JF: I love everything about the Run to Feed the Hungry. Thanksgiving is a day known for counting blessings and eating plentiful food. So it is great to enjoy a community tradition that engages Sacramentans in a healthy, family-oriented outdoor activity that benefits the year-round efforts of Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services to help our neediest neighbors. This spirited event is meaningful for every participant – whether runner, a walker, a donor, or a volunteer.

SP: What is your favorite thing about Run to Feed the Hungry?
JF: I love seeing all the families walking/running together with huge smiles on their faces.

SP: Do you have a favorite t-shirt design from over the years?
JF: I loved the t-shirt design with the running shoes on the “carving” plate.

SP: If you could make one wish this Thanksgiving, what would it be?
JF: My wish this Thanksgiving is for accelerated progress for the humane treatment of animals.

SP: What are you most thankful for this year?
JF: I am always thankful for every day that I rise feeling healthy and fulfilled – which I am extra thankful is every day.

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

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