Moonlight Run draws thousands to the Baylands

Annual 5k and 10k raises money for local nonprofit organizations

About 2,500 athletes ran and walked by the light of the harvest moon Friday night at the 30th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk in the Baylands.

Presented by the City of Palo Alto and the Weekly, the 5k walk, the 5k run and the 10k run all started at the Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, and wended their way on levees through marshland and sloughs.

Ahmet Gokcek, 46, of Palo Alto finished first overall in the 10k run with a time of 36:28.017. Lauren Pischel, 25, of Palo Alto was the first woman to finish the 10k with a time of 40:39.740.

Forty-five-year-old Casper Vroemen of Palo Alto topped the 5k run category, finishing in 17 minutes and 40 seconds. Courtney Heiner, 22, of Rancho Cordova was the first woman to finish the 5k with a time of 18:31.433.

Full race results are posted at the Moonlight Run website.

In addition to the races, the Moonlight Run & Walk featured music by a DJ, vendor booths, a kids' course, a climbing wall, chiropractic services and pre-race warm-ups.

The proceeds from the event benefit the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, which earlier this year granted $400,000 to local nonprofit organizations supporting kids, seniors, families and more.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

Thanks to Stanford Credit Union for being a sponsor and a Bah Humbug award to Stanford Eye who hired two security guards to blockage their empty, unused parking lots so no one could use their precious parking.

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Posted by Enid Pearson
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

I think the city Council should do whatever it takes and quickly to stop these developments from building lot line to lot line. We need set backs that provide room for people to walk and trees and vegetation to grow. In my opinion, I don't think residents of Palo alto want their city urbanized. Who ever came up with this awful concept?
We also need land set aside for green space - mini parks. This can only maintain and create a beautiful city.

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

Wonderful event as usual but there seemed to be a lot less people on the 5K walk. Does any know what the annual numbers for participants are?

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Posted by Steve Flanders
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Congratulations to Ahmet Gokcek; way to represent for the over-40 crowd!

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