Ahhh...RTFTH. This race really is Sacramento's best and biggest community race. There are usually around 27k participants. You pretty much run into everyone in town that you know. It is actually the biggest Thanksgiving run in the Country!! What you need to know about this race:
1. With 25k+ people, yes it is crowded! If you are racing this then you need to get the timed bib when you sign up. If you are doing it for fun, then no worries! The crowd does thin out a bit towards the middle.
2. Parking can kinda be a pain if you're not familiar with the area. They did have a bike valet. I think that was new this year.
Onto the review. I seriously, absolutely LOVE this race! I have done both the 10k and 5k. This year I did something a bit different and ran the 10k for fun. No racing today. It was majorly congested at the beginning and while I don't mind taking it slow and having fun it started out way too slow for me. But if you weave your way around people you can get going at a decent pace.
The course is beautiful. Running through East Sacramento in the Fall is great. Colorful trees, beautiful East Sac and Midtown houses. The last 4 years I have run this race the weather has been nice and clear. This year was freezing though! The community is out there with food, water, MIMOSAS, Bloody Marys...If you're running this for fun then it doesn't get much more fun than this race. I think I only saw one official aid station for the 10k which is a little crazy to me, but at least the community is out there for you. After the race there is a band playing music, snacks and drinks. You are pretty much walking or bike riding distance to a few places that are open so it is a good chance to get a post race drink and food.
The best thing about this race is that it benefits The Sacramento Food Bank. By running this race the community is able to help thousands of families in need. From the runners, race organizers, volunteers, people out cheering, it really is the best of Sacramento's community.