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Bolt to the Q Gets Fans Ready for Football

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Chargers fans run 5K at the Q in support of Ryan Mathews' non-profit foundation.

With cool, cloudy weather, and roars of cheers coming from Qualcomm Stadium, it certainly felt like football season Sunday, for the Fourth Annual Kaiser Permanente Bolt to the Q 5K and kids fun run.

The Chargers and Ryan Mathews presented the event in conjunction with Kaiser with proceeds benefitting the Trish & Ryan Mathews’ Door of Hope Chest, a non-profit foundation which through the Salvation Army, provides resources for homeless mothers and their children.

“We’re blessed to be out here,” Mathews said.  “We’re very fortunate to give back and be in a situation to do stuff like this.”

 “This helps so many mothers and children who have been homeless and who are staying at the Door of Hope,” said Suzi Lacey, Director of Communications for the Salvation Army.  “When they graduate the program, Tricia and Ryan supply them with an opportunity to go shopping and furnish their apartments. It means the world to them.”

The fourth annual race saw a record 4,000 runners participate and an additional 400 kids run in the 1/2 mile fun run.  Racers started out in the Qualcomm parking lot and finished inside the stadium on the 50-yard line.  Runners and their family members in the stands got to see themselves on Bolt Vision and each athlete received a medal commemorating their participation.  Each runner also received something special, a high-five from Mathews as they crossed the finish line; something the running back said is the most enjoyable part of the day.

“I thank each and every one of these people out here,” he said.  “They took time out of their day to wake up and come here and run.  Giving everyone a high five and seeing each and every person as they cross the finish line.  To see the smiles on their faces as they get to be on the field is my favorite part.”

As a sponsor, Kaiser Permanente’s goal is to provide community outreach with an emphasis on making sure San Diegans live healthy lives.

“One of the things we really get excited about is that we like to give back to the community,” said Jim Malone, Chief Administrative Officer of San Diego Kaiser Permanente.  “We like to see the community thrive and exercise, eat right, so this really fits in with what we do.”

With training camp just mere days away, Chargers fans old and young weren’t the only ones excited about the race and the upcoming season; wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu was on hand to mingle with fans and help the Trish & Ryan Mathews’ Door of Hope Chest.

 “I’m here to support my best friend Ryan,” Ajirotutu said.  “He’s been doing this the past (few) years so I came out to take pictures, selfies, and whatever I can do for him, his foundation, and also Kaiser, to get everyone excited for training camp.”

The first male and female runners were familiar faces to Bolt to the Q; Roosevelt Cook finished first for the fourth straight year in 16:13 and Celestine Arambulo, another repeat winner completed her 5K in 18:52.

Click here for full race results: http://chargers5k.com/chargers/results/.

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