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HIT — To think there were 100 people in the area who would wake up early Thanksgiving morning to run or walk through Bidwell Park for a good cause is amazing.

But the fact that more than 4,000 runners did that for the Sixth Annual Run for Food 5K race on Thanksgiving Day in the rain is something to be appreciated.

It is reported to be the biggest race in Chico, attracting people from around the country, from toddlers to seniors.

Sharing good humor with family and friends, racers, runners and walkers kicked off Thanksgiving in a giving and thankful way. Race fees, plus the donations of sponsors, made the race possible, with proceeds going to help the Jesus Center feed the homeless.

Last year, the event raised about $65,000 for the faith-based food bank.

With more runners this year, it's hoped that organizers were able to beat last year's financial figure.

And what makes this community event so important is that the need is increasing as the wavering economy continues to take its toll.