Welcome to the 7th Annual Thank You Run
Thanksgiving Day, November 2016

5K:  7:30am
10K:  7:40am
Kids 1K Fun Run (8 & under):  9:00am

Don’t miss our Post-Race Family Festival with something for everyone! Check out all the information below.

4S Ranch Community Park
16118 4S Ranch Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92127

**Please note: The Kids Run is limited to children age 8 and under and is a 1K loop within the 4S Ranch Community Park. We will provide timing chips for the 5K and 10K Runners but the Kid’s Run is for fun and will not be timed.  All runners (including the children) will receive medals. All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Race times may be adjusted as needed based on the discretion of the Race Director.


Runners Receive: Custom Finisher’s Medal, Technical Race T-Shirt, Chip Timing and a Post Race Beer (21+ w/ID).


There will be parking at the Boys & Girls Club, 4S Ranch Community Park & Stone Ranch Elementary School.

All participants will receive a Finisher’s Medal, including the Kid’s Run. 5K and 10K participants will also receive a Technical Race T-Shirt and Kid’s Run Participants will receive cotton Race Tees!

The top 3 overall male and female finishers for the 5K and 10K will receive awards as well as the first overall finisher in the following age groups:

19 & Under
70 & Above

The Awards Ceremony will begin at approximately 9:30am in the post-race festival area.

Water, Bagels & Fruit will be provided at the Finish Line in 4S Ranch Community Park.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be held on Wednesday, November 23rd from 11 AM – 7 PM:

Shay Realtors Community Hub
10550 Craftsman Way
Suite 184
San Diego, CA 92127

Family members are allowed to pick up packets for others as long as all participants have signed waivers that must be brought to the packet pickup.

Race Morning Packet Pickup will begin at 6AM and is available for a $5 convenience fee. 

Post-Race Family Festival

Just because you’ve crossed the finish line doesn’t mean the fun is over. We’ve got entertainment for the whole family and are excited to announce the following partners that will be there to make sure you have a great start to your Thanksgiving Day!

After you finish your race stick around and cheer on your friends and family and grab a refreshing beer from the Karl Strauss Beer Garden! Karl Strauss has just opened a new 4S Ranch location and will be on hand  to show you how excited they are to be a part of your community.

Rules and Regulations

The Thank You Run is a USA Track and Field Association sanctioned event. For detailed explanation of all of the rules or for more information regarding the USATF please click here.

Run Rules/Regulations:

  1. Race Registrations are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable.
  2. The Kid’s Run is for children 8 & under.
  3. Please Note: Strollers and Pets are not allowed due to safety concerns related to trail conditions that are unpredictable and there are five steps on the 10K route. Per 4S Ranch HOA guidelines No Pets or Strollers are allowed for this Event.
  4. Emergency conditions may occur during the race. Please pay attention to your surroundings and follow the directions of course marshals and safety personnel.
  5. Have fun and be safe.
  6. Due to permits, the course closes at 10AM. All runners still on the course after 10AM will not be allowed to finish the race.

Both the 5K & 10K run through scenic 4S Ranch.  Both courses run combine a mix of pavement & dirt trail.  Please exercise caution as you run/transition from surface to surface.

5K Course Preview Video

The 5K & 10K both start on Dove Creek Rd @ Cross Stone Pl. The 5K starts at 7:30am and the 10K starts at 7:40am. The Kid’s Fun Run will start in the 4S Ranch Community Park near the Finish Line.

The 5K & 10K both Finish in the 4S Ranch CommunityPark (adjacent to the Boys & Girls Club).

There are 3 Aid/Water Stations on the course & 1 Aid/Water Station at the Finish Line.   Aid/Water Station #1 is located on Carmel Valley Rd. between Dove Canyon Rd & the Trail entrance behind Oak Valley Middle School.  Aid/Water Station #2 is located just beyond Mile Marker 2 (for both the 5K & 10K). Aid/Water Station #3 will serve the 10k Participants on Camino San Bernardo just beyond Mile Marker 5 at the trail exit.

Mile Markers, Course Directions & Directional Signs
Each mile & turn will be clearly marked.  Volunteers will be on the course to help direct runners. The 5k & 10K will both Start Eastbound on Dove Creek Rd, turn right on Dove Canyon Rd., turn right on Carmel Valley Rd, then right(westbound) onto the dirt trail behind Oak Valley Middle School.

The 5k will make a “single-loop” & will fork to the left (West) just past Mile Marker 2 & will continue up through “Challenge Hill”.  Turn right onto Deer Ridge Rd, then right onto Deer Trail Dr heading south to the end of the Cul-de-Sac where you will enter on to the dirt trail that will lead downhill to the Park Finish Line.

The 10K will make “double-inside loop” & will fork to the right (East) just past Mile Marker 2. The 10k will continue the 1st Loop on the trail behind the Boys & Girls Club past Mile Marker 2.  The trail will lead back onto the pavement in front of the Boys & Girls Club, turn right on Dove Creek Rd (East bound) back through the Start Line area & then turn south (right) to return to the trail (just past the 4S Ranch “Pocket Park”).  Please exercise caution when navigating through small section of stairs on the East side of the “4S Ranch Pocket Park” as you return back onto the trail heading East to Mile Marker 3. Turn right at Mile Marker 3 (back onto the pavement) on Dove Canyon Rd, right on Carmel Valley Rd & then back onto the trail behind Oak Valley Middle school. As you complete your first “inside loop”, you will then FORK LEFT atAid/Water Station #2.  Head up the hill past Mile Marker 5 to Camino San Bernardo, turn right, then right again onto Deer Ridge Rd. Turn right on Deer Trail Dr heading south to the end of the Cul-de-Sac where you will enter on to the dirt trail that will lead downhill to the Park Finish Line.

*Please pay attention to the course markers & volunteers.  Runners should be familiar with the course map prior to beginning the race.

Course Map

Thank You Run 5K & 10K Course Map – Click to Enlarge

Help support ALS. Watch our videos, register for the Thank You Run and join the cause!

The Thank You Run supports two worthwhile causes.  Helen’s Closet, which provides comfort equipment toterminally ill ALS patients and the 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation which supports local schools, the surrounding community and other priorities.


Helen’s Closet was named after Helen Mok.  Her love of family and others was unyielding.  As Theresa Shay and her siblings, Diana, Bill, John and Dennis all saw on a daily basis she enjoyed nothing more than making people smile.  As an immigrant from China, she and her husband Jimmy knew how very blessed they were to live and raise their children in this great country.

Helen would frequently shop for bargains and then give people gifts from her closet.  To keep her spirit alive and the nobel concept of helping others in need, we are determined to keep Helen’s closet open.  Your donations and support will help to providing wheel chairs and/or ramps and other equipment free of charge to persons suffering from this terminal disease that robs people of their ability to walk, talk and ultimately to breathe. Please register today and help the cause.