The 26th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk drew nearly 4,000 participants to the Baylands Friday evening (Sept. 24) -- a record number, according to event organizer Amy Renalds, promotions director for the Weekly.
Initially, the large number of race registrants caused concern over potential traffic issues, but pre-race notifications on Palo Alto Online and in the Palo Alto Weekly helped motivate people to carpool, bike or find other means of transportation to the event.
"People really took the information to heart. There were more bikes there than I've ever seen and no reported traffic problems," Renalds said.
The event included many local runners and walkers, but some participants came from farther afield to take part in the yearly race, held in the evening under the harvest moon. Eighteen people traveled from Nevada, four from Washington and even several from the East Coast.
"The weather was amazing. It was just a phenomenal event," Renalds said.
Scott Himmelberger, 22, of Palo Alto was the overall winner of the 5K race, turning in a time of 15:27, while Woodside resident Brett Carter, 26, took overall victory in the 10K, with a 34:46 finishing time.
April Ery, 24, of San Mateo was the female winner of the 5K race with a time of 19:27. Annie Bersagel, 27, of Stanford was the female winner of the 10K race with a time of 35:49.
Himmelberger was the male winner of the 5K race with his 15:27 time and Carter was the male winner of the 10K race with his 34:46 time.
Full results from the race are available online now.
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