Excitement filled the air on Friday evening at the Palo Alto Baylands where the Moonlight Run & Walk returned for a 34th year, taking an estimated 2,000 participants on scenic routes for a benefit under mostly clear skies.
The event, organized by the Palo Alto Weekly and city of Palo Alto, featured a 5K walk and run, 10K run and brand new half marathon.
See the complete race results.
Joe Brough of Stanford dominated the inaugural half marathon in one hour and 12 minutes. Walter Rosinger of Sunnyvale came in after him at one hour and 25 minutes. San Jose resident Jason Epstein propelled to third place at one hour and 29 minutes.
Anna Haw of Palo Alto secured her spot as the top female runner in the half marathon, which she completed in one hour and 30 minutes. Second place went to Rebecca Tisdale of Menlo Park, who collected a time of one hour and 42 minutes. Menlo Park resident Kate Bradshaw earned her spot as the third top female runner in the race at one hour and 44 minutes.
In the 10K race, Sam Wharton of Palo Alto ultimately led the pack at 32 minutes and three seconds. In second place was San Carlos resident Dominic Chelini at 34 minutes and two seconds and in third place was Jon Fiva of Palo Alto at 34 minutes and 23 seconds.
The female 10K participants had a close-call race. Palo Alto resident Emilee Palmer was first at 37 minutes and 12 seconds, followed by Edina Blazevic of San Jose at 37 minutes and 30 seconds and Aida Tucakovic of Vacaville who was behind her by just eight-tenths of a second.
Palo Alto residents swept the top three spots in the 5K run among males and females. The top two finishers in the 5K run were neck and neck with each other as they crossed the finish line. Alex Wang took first place with a time of 18 minutes and six seconds, followed by Ryan Wang who was behind him at four-tenths of a second. Noah Holbrook came in third among the males at 18 minutes and 13 seconds.
The female 5K runners also came in close with Tevah Gevelber topping the list at 19 minutes and 11 seconds. She was ahead of Maansey Rishi, who clocked in at 19 minutes and 32 seconds, and Ella Fadil, who finished the race at 19 minutes and 48 seconds.
Proceeds from the run and walk kick off the Weekly's Holiday Fund, an annual giving campaign benefiting nonprofits assisting children and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
A complete list of the race results can be found here.
This year's corporate sponsors were Stanford Health Care, the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Wealth Architects, Palantir Technologies, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Federal Credit Union, DeLeon Realty, Facebook, and The Six Fifty.
Watch the festivities from a livestream that can be viewed here.