CHICO, Calif. -

Thanksgiving means a Chico tradition that grows bigger each year.

The eighth annual Run For Food brought out 5,019 runners to Chico's Bidwell Park Thursday morning, a new record for participation in the event.

The 5K run is both a competitive race and a fundraiser for the Jesus Center, which helps care for the homeless.

The total amount of money raised will likely exceed 100,000 dollars, which all benefits The Jesus Center.

Bill Such, Executive Director of the Jesus Center, is thrilled to see the event grow every year.

"We're in the wake of this now," said Such.  "We slipped into it eight years ago, but now it's become a Chico event.  And the Jesus Center gets the benefit from it.  So from that standpoint we just love it."

Besides the homeless and hungry that are helped through the proceeds, the big winner on the track was Ryan Matz of Chico who finished the 5K run in a time of 16 minutes and six seconds.  

The top woman was Liz Camy of Camarillo.