NEWARK, CA – Run Across America, an annual national run this Saturday, searches Newark for runners and walkers who are helping a national hunger initiative while doing good exercise.

Niantic, a San Francisco-based software development company, is partnering with Run Across America this year to pool contributions to Feeding America made during race registrations.

By the end of May, people who signed up for Run Across America had provided more than 4.7 million meals, according to Feeding America.

The run is virtual, as the participants can run at any time and on any route on Saturday. People in Newark and elsewhere must select a distance – 5 km, 10 km, or half marathon (13.1 miles) – and enter it into the Run Across America app to be included.

According to Run Across America, leaderboards for runners, hikers, cyclists, wheelchair users, and kayakers will be published throughout Saturday.

Not only trained runners can take part. In the virtual format, people can “sprint, jog, walk or roll,” says the Run Across America race description.

Registration for Run Across America is $ 35 per person, including a running t-shirt. Attendees will have the option to forego the shirt and “prepay” it to help the frontline staff sign up.

Patch has partnered with Feeding America to raise awareness about millions of Americans who are starving. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that around 42 million Americans may not have enough nutritious foods to eat in 2021 due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a social project run by Patch; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how to donate in your community or find a pantry near you.