Thousands turn out for Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run

Club earns record-high $50,000-plus to go for scholarships, wheelchairs

More than 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.

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.

Jacob Shoemaker of East Palo Alto placed first in the 10K run, finishing in 32 minutes and 42 seconds, followed by Raymond Rodriguez of Los Banos, who ran the course in 37:38 minutes. Rodriguez also finished the race in second place last year. Steven Chavez of San Ramon finished third, completing the course in 38:20.8 minutes.

The three top women runners in the 10K were Katie Parr of Pleasanton, who ran the course in 44:56.6 minutes, Amy Sitzmann, also of Pleasanton, who finished in 45:53.9 minutes, and Jamie Schellenberg of Livermore, who completed the course in 47:03.4 minutes.

The courses wound through Pleasanton neighborhoods and on trails along the Arroyo del Valle.

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.

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