Good Morning America's Ginger Zee talks about her running routine and why she hosted the RUN 10 FEED 10 event to benefit the hungry

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated October 05, 2016 06:19 PM
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Good Morning America meterologist Ginger Zee enjoys the dualities of running: It’s a simple act, but also tough.

“Running for me is the easiest, but also the most challenging in ways, because it’s all you. There’s nothing else around you – you just go,” the former Dancing with the Stars finalist tells PEOPLE. “It’s very freeing to allow your brain to go when you don’t have your headphones in. Running for me is almost spiritual because you let yourself into this whole other realm. And once you lose yourself, the race is done.”

Zee conquered a big race Sept. 18: Women’s Health‘s RUN 10 FEED 10. The event – which she hosted in partnership with the FEED Foundation – raises money to provide meals to the hungry. Now in its fifth year, the 10K has provided more than five million meals.

“I’ve been with RUN 10 FEED 10 now for four years. I can’t believe it,” Zee says. “The number of meals served keeps adding up. It’s the most fun event of the whole year, really, as far as fitness goes. That whole time I’m running, every step, I’m thinking about the people I’m serving.”

“We know that there’s a problem with hunger right here in the United States, right here in our backyards,” Zee continues. “This is one of the only events where I can say the money raised goes straight to people that live next door. That’s the most special part of this to me.”

Plus, this race comes with a fun perk: stopping traffic on one of NYC’s biggest roads.

“This event is so special,” Zee says. “I mean, I love [running in] Central Park, but when you get to shut down the West Side Highway – when you’re sitting in traffic on that thing all week! With this race, you get to see your beautiful city in a way that you don’t always.”

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And, the cause attracts runners of all abilities – from marathoners to more casual types, like Zee.

“Running is a weekly, maybe bi-weekly part of my fitness routine. I think everybody is different. Every body reacts differently. But that’s the beauty of this. It’s something you can train for and make a goal of. That’s what’s so cool about this event. You’re benefiting yourself, but you’re also greatly benefiting your community.”