2,000 turn out for Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run

Dublin runner places first men's 10K; Walnut Creek resident wins women's 10K

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.

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Posted by wondering
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 19, 2014 at 8:40 am

Is there a place online to see all the race results?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

This is what I call waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cooooooooooool...VIVA!

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Posted by enough closures
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 19, 2014 at 10:04 am

I would be interested in who paid for all of the cops throughout the city while the streets were closed. Two cars sitting at every closed intersection. We do not need the streets closed for this kind of thing, use the fairgrounds or the sports park.

This city has way too many street closures as it is. Enough already.

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Posted by Community Member
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

You can see the results of the race by going to the website and pressing the Results button.

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Posted by Gregg
a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

This is the worst reporting I have ever seen.
The people that this article claims came in second, are actually the Master's winners. Jason Noriega won the men's 10K and Raymond Rodriguez won the Men's Masters Division. Anna Gun won the Women's 10K and Robyn Roybal won the Masters.

The Male 5K winner was Conner McKinnon and Steve Sherman was not in second place, he was the male 5K masters winner.

Madison Denny, not Denny Madison, a 10 year old girl, won the Women's 5K division and Sharlet Gilbert won the women's masters.

Congrats to all the winners and great job Maddie!

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