Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run set for June 15

Online registration available through June 11

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its 21st Annual Father's Day Spirit Run Sunday, June 15 with all events starting under the Main Street Arch in downtown Pleasanton.

More than 1,500 runners are expected to participate in this popular event that traditionally provides family fun on Father's Day as well as serves as a fundraiser for college scholarships and community and international projects of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

There will be a race or walk event for every member of the family, including the 5k Run/Walk or the 10k Run. In addition, there will be three separate Kid's Challenge Races for children ages 2-8.

The 10K run will start promptly at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K run at 8:20. The courses start and end on downtown streets and wind through Pleasanton neighborhoods and unpaved scenic trails along the Arroyo del Valle.

Three separate Kid's Challenge Races, for children ages 2-8, will include a number of 100-yard dashes on Main Street, finishing right underneath the Arch. Each child participating in the Kids' Challenge will receive a finisher ribbon.

Commemorative Tech T-shirts plus more than $3,000 in door prizes will be given out to all 5k and 10k participants. In addition, medals and etched-glass trophies will be awarded to the top men and women finishers in designated age groups, as well as the first-place man and woman "Masters" (over 50-years old) winners.

Pre-registration fees are $10 for the Kids' Challenge, and for the 5K and 10K: $25 for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, and $35 for high school students and adults. A special registration fee of $25 is available for each member in families of four or more.

Registration on race day will be $15 for Kids' Challenge, $35 for K-8 for the 5K and 10K, $45 for high school students and adults, and $35 each for families of four or more.

Those who have sent in registration forms that are postmarked no later than June 2 or who register online by June 4 can pick up their race packet and race-day T-shirts at Fleet Feet Sports of Pleasanton, 234#A Main St. Friday, June 13, from Noon-7 p.m. and Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. - Noon.

Final mail-in registration must be postmarked by June 9. Final online registration will close at 10 p.m., June 11. After these dates, registration will only be available on the day of the race.

The Spirit Run, originally known as "ACT II" (Arroyo Centennial Trails Run), began in 1994 as part of the Pleasanton Heritage Days. In 1998, the name was changed to "The Rotary Club of Pleasanton Spirit Run."

The event has raised over $900,000 for college scholarships.

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