Alameda runner tops Rotary Spirit Run's 10K Sunday in just under 35 minutes

Main Street jammed as thousands turn out for early morning event

Thousands turned out early Sunday for the Rotary Club of Pleasanton's 23rd annual Father's Day Spirit Run.

Although the first 10K run didn't kick off until 8 a.m., by 6 a.m. much of Main Street and the parking lot next to Workbench True Value Hardware, where runners registered, was filled with Rotarians in bright red shirts setting up the event.

Winners of the 10K were Soloman Ousman from Alamedea, finishing in 34:41 minutes; George Cross from Tracy, finishing in 38:13 minutes, and Raymond Rodriguez from Los Banos, finishing third at 38:51 minutes.

The fastest Pleasanton runner was Andrew Helmers, who finished fourth in 39:16 minutes.

Winners of the 5K were John Bennett of Livermore, finishing first in 16:23 minutes; Zack Holtz of San Ramon, finishing second in 16:34 minutes, and coming in third, Cameron Priest, also from Livermore in 17:15 minutes.

According to On Your Mark, an event management, timing and consulting company that handles the Father's Day races for the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, 183 runners finished the 10K with an average time 57:10 minutes.

In the 5K, 489 runners crossed the finish line with an average time of 38:47 minutes.

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

There was 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 Kids' Challenge races started at 9:30 a.m. and included a number of 100-yard dashes on Main Street, finishing right underneath the Arch. Each participant in the Kids' Challenge received a finisher ribbon.


1 person likes this
Posted by Dave
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 16, 2016 at 9:51 am

Where do you register for the Rotary Father's Day run? It's not listed in the article.

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Posted by local
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 16, 2016 at 9:59 am

You can get information at . I believe it is too late to pre-register but you can always sign up the morning of the event. This is a real fun event and raises money for some great causes.

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