More than 4,000 runners participate in annual 'Bolt to the Q' 5K run

Ryan Mathews greeted fans at finish line

SAN DIEGO - Thousands of runners took over Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday for the "Bolt to the Q" 5K run.

It is the one time of the year when fans get a taste of what it is like to be a Chargers player.

Runner Shelly Castle told 10News "just the energy and the fun and getting the chance to run in the stadium" makes this a unique experience.

It is a dream come true for many super fans like Robert Vaughn, who say it is one thing to support the Bolts and it is another to get that close to the field they play on.

More than 4,000 runners went through the same tunnel the players do. Once they got to the 50-yard line, they were greeted by Chargers running back Ryan Mathews and the Charger Girls. Each runner was shown on the big screen.

"Not everybody gets to be out here," Mathews said. "They really get to see it from our perspective."

The event raises money for the Trish and Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest, which helps get homeless mothers and their children back on their feet. It is a cause that is close to Mathews' heart, having had to overcome similar challenges with his mother.

As each runner crossed the finish line, there was a sense of pride knowing they did their part for the community while getting a rare opportunity some fans can only dream of.

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