About 3,500 take part in 'Bolt to the Q' 5K which benefits Ryan Mathews' charity

Charity helps homeless families get back on feet

SAN DIEGO - About 3,500 people got a rare opportunity Sunday to finish a 5K at the 50-yard line of Qualcomm Stadium.

It was all part of this year's "Bolt to the Q" 5K, which kicked off in the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium. Part of the run included going through the same tunnel the Chargers go through on game day.

"We always come here for the games but to actually be on the same field with the Charger players where they actually play … it's an amazing experience," said runner Jason Ancheta.

The proceeds from the run will go to the foundation Chargers running back Ryan Mathews and his mother started, called the "Trish & Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest."

The foundation helps homeless women and their children get back on their feet.

It is a struggle all too familiar for Mathews and his mother, who had to live out of their car when he was only 4 months old.

10News spoke with Mathews after he cheered runners on.

"It's real important because it's a part of my life that we overcame and whatever we can do to help and give back to help them," he said.

For others, this was also a way to get into the football spirit, as training camp begins next week.

"It's a good way to start Sunday off and celebrate the start of the football season with the Chargers," said runner Brett Bonifay.

Part of the Bolt to the Q includes a children's version. Though it is shorter, they will still be able to run through the tunnel and finish at the 50-yard line.

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