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.