Stockton, California, is well known for being many things, like being the epicenter of the real estate boom then bust, the crime capital of the nation (a few years ago), and for being known as a city to go bankrupt in 2013.
There is at least one positive thing going on Stockton’s side–it’s dedicated people and the Stockton Run Against Hunger–hosted by the Emergency Food Bank (EFB)of Stockton.
Every year, this event gets bigger and better. In 2013 they were estimating that about 5000 people will participate in this event. This is good for the EFB since the proceeds for this all goes towards funding the acquisition of food and support for those that truly need help.
If you just enjoy running, the course is very flat. It makes for a good training run whether you are doing 5K or 10K. Just be aware that if you are looking to do a PR, make sure you are close to the front since people don’t really pay attention to the pace placards that are intended to help people place themselves with the appropriate group at the starting area.
If you don’t put yourself in front, be ready to do a lot of “zigging” and ‘zagging”. Regardless, it still makes for a good training run.
Next year I look forward to doing the 2014 Run Against Hunger. If you are in the area, make sure to check it out.