More than 1,300 runners turned out Sunday for the 19th annual Father's Day Spirit Run, an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.
The Rotary's Father's Day tradition has continued to grow as runners, their children and families participate in either a 10K run or 5K walk or run, as well as a kids' challenge.
The 10K run drew hundreds as the runners started out under the Arch on Main Street, followed 20 minutes later by the 5K run. The courses wound through Pleasanton neighborhoods, the Alameda County Fairgrounds and on trails along the Arroyo del Valle.
Three separate Kid's Challenge Races, for children ages 2-8, included a number of 100-yard dashes on Main Street, finishing right underneath the Arch.
Trophies went to the top male and female finishers in designated age groups.
Proceeds will go to support the Rotary Club of Pleasanton's scholarship program. In the last 12 years, more than $350,000 has been raised for scholarships to deserving Pleasanton graduates who need financial help to attend college. This month, club representatives presented $24,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors at Pleasanton high schools during an awards ceremony.
John Sensiba of the Bay Area accounting firm of Sensiba San Filippo LLP, which sponsored the Father's Day Spirit Run, said early estimates show that the club's event yesterday raised about $40,000 which, after expenses, will go for scholarships in the 2012-13 school year to students at Amador Valley, Foothill and Village high schools.