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Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run this morning on Main Street

More than 2,000 runners expected for Pleasanton's 22nd annual event

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton is holding its 22nd annual Father's Day Spirit Run Sunday with all events starting under the Main Street Arch in downtown Pleasanton. More than 2,000 runners are expected to participate.

The popular event traditionally provides family fun on Father's Day as well as serves as a fundraiser for college scholarships and community and international Rotary Club projects.

Check-in and on-site registration is in the downtown parking lot of Workbench True Value Hardware, 652 Main St.

There's a race or walk event for every member of the family, including the 10K run, a 5K run/walk and three separate Kids' 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 a.m. The courses start and end on downtown streets and wind through Pleasanton neighborhoods and unpaved scenic trails along the Arroyo del Valle.

The Kid's Challenge races include a number of 100-yard dashes on Main Street, finishing right underneath the Arch. Each participant in the Kids' Challenge will receive a finisher ribbon.

Commemorative Tech T-shirts plus more than $5,000 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 male and female finishers in designated age groups, as well as the first-place man and woman "Masters" (over 50 years old) winners.

Registration fees are $15 for the Kids' Challenge. For the 5K and 10K, the fees are $45, and $35 for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade and $35 for each member in families of four or more.

For more Spirit Run information, sign on to www.SpiritRun.com or call On Your Mark Race Events at 209-795-7832.

These annual Spirit Run events on Father's Day have raised over $900,000 for college scholarships. Just this month, club representatives presented $30,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors at Pleasanton high schools during an awards ceremony.

Other organizations and charities also will benefit from Spirit Run proceeds. Last year's event supported Wheelchairs for those in need, Rotaplast, Valley Humane Society, Hope Hospice, The Tri-Valley YMCA, Victims of the Boston Marathon, Open Heart Kitchen, Amador Valley High Schools Robotics and Competition Civics Clubs, Boy Scouts Troop 911, Assistance League of Amador Valley, and Life Links Program of the Arc of Alameda County.

The Spirit Run is sponsored by Sensiba San Filippo LLP, a Bay Area accounting firm with an office in Pleasanton, and represents the efforts of more than over 100 Rotary members and other volunteers.

This is the 50th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton. Founded in 1965, it is part of a network of service clubs throughout the world affiliated with Rotary International. For more information, sign on to www.PleasantonRotary.org/

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