Some 2,000 runners and their families turned out last Sunday for the 21st annual Father's Day Spirit Run, an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.
Jason Noriega of Dublin placed first in the 10K run, finishing in 36 minutes and 44 seconds (36:44), followed only seconds later by Raymond Rodriguez of Los Banos, who ran the course in 36:53 minutes.
The two top women runners in the 10K were Anna Gunn of Walnut Creek, who completed the course in 41:59 minutes, followed by Robyn Royal of Pleasanton, finishing in 43 minutes and 44 seconds.
In the 5K race, Conner McKinnon ran the course in 16 minutes, 53 seconds, trailed by Steve Sherman at 20 minutes, 42 seconds. Both men are from Pleasanton.
In the women's 5K competition, Denny Madison of Fairfield finished at 19 minutes, 44 seconds, followed by Sharlet Gilbert at 23 minutes, 43 seconds.
The 10K run drew hundreds as the runners started out under the Arch on Main Street, followed 20 minutes later by the 5K run in the annual event set up and professionally timed by Mark Aiton of On Your Mark Events.
The courses wound through Pleasanton neighborhoods 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.
The Father's Day Spirit Run has been a popular annual event that serves as a fundraiser for college scholarships and community and international projects of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, sign on to www.PleasantonRotary.org/