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Chargers "unofficial" kickoff

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hard to believe but there are 50 days until the Chargers regular season opener against the Cardinals. 

But for those who just can't wait to see their Bolts -- we'll call Sunday the unofficial start of the season -- and it came in the form of a 5K at Qualcomm. 

What better way to kick off football season, than with a 5K. For Sandra Jasso, this event was for the whole family.

"It always feels awesome to be a part of something like this. To show our kids how important it is to try and stay healthy and have fun at the same time," Jasso said.

The 5K started in the Qualcomm parking lot and finished in the stadium. It was sponsored by Kaiser and all the proceeds went to benefit star player Ryan Mathew's charity.

“It felt great. Felt great. Especially doing it for Kaiser, charities and things like that. Helping other people. Felt good,” Joe Hinojos said.

People even got to meet a few of their heroes.

"It feels great, this is my third year going on this and just being out here with the fans and seeing them run, taking the time out of their day to come out and run and support my charity it's wonderful," Charger running back, Ryan Mathews said.

In addition to the 5K, there was also a 1K for kids.

"It's really amazing...to help other people and raise money for the charity," Amaya Smith and Ally Volk said.

"It means a lot to me. Taking pictures and signing autographs, whatever I can do to get the fans excited. Training camp starts in the next couple days and I just want everyone to come out and enjoy some Charger football," Charger wide receiver, Seyi Ajirotutu said.

"We have tons of tickets. Good seats all over the stadium," public relations director, Bill Johnston said.

This was also an opportunity for the Chargers to showcase season tickets. Their Select-A-Seat event allowed fans an opportunity to see the open seats, sit in them, and find the right fit.

"This is kind of the unofficial kick off for the season for us and for the fans. It's an opportunity for people to put on their Chargers gear, get back inside, get on the field, finish the 5K on the field and they're just having a great time," Johnston said.

So here's the real question, how's the team gonna be this year?

"It's gonna be a good season so stay tuned."

The Chargers tell CBS News 8 more than 3,000 people participated in Sunday’s run. As for the team, their first preseason game against Dallas will be on August 7.

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