Under the near-full harvest moon, roughly 2,000 people flocked to the Palo Alto Baylands on Friday night for the 35th annual Moonlight Run & Walk.
The annual event organized by the Palo Alto Weekly and city of Palo Alto, kicked off with a 5K walk at 7 p.m. Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in the half marathon, 5K run and 10K run, which began at varying times from about 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
See the complete race results here.
Joe Brough defended his first place finish in the half-marathon, which returned for a second straight year. The Redwood City resident finished the race in one hour and 12 minutes, the same time he recorded in the 2018 race.
He was followed by Marcos Amaral of East Palo Alto, who came in at one hour and 22 minutes, and Kendall Wu of Mountain View, who completed the run in one hour and 25 minutes.
Alexis Ivec of Wilmington led among the female half-marathoners at one hour and 26 minutes. In second place was San Jose resident Kristina Rivera at one hour and 34 minutes. Third place went to Natalie Wu of Mountain View with a time of one hour and 35 minutes.
The top finishers in the 10K run were neck-in-neck with each other toward the end of the course. Santa Clara resident Eric Buysse took the No. 1 spot at 36 minutes and one second. Palo Alto residents Yun Zhou and Eoin O'Connell took second and third places, respectively. Zhou crossed the finish line in 36 minutes and 50 seconds, just 10 seconds ahead of Eoin.
For the female 10K runners, Redwood City resident Chloe Glare-Conti clocked in a time of 39 minutes and five seconds, earning her first place; Maansey Rishi of Palo Alto came in second at 40 minutes and four seconds; and Piedmont resident
Kathleen O'Neil completed the race just five seconds after Rishi, taking third place.
It was another close race among the 5K runners. Palo Alto resident Henry Moshfeghi came out on top in 17 minutes and four seconds. He was followed by Kenji Tella, also of Palo Alto, who arrived at the finish line in 17 minutes and 27 seconds. Redwood City resident Kyle Brocklehurst came in just one second behind Tella for a close third place.
The female 5K participants were led by Emma Dohner of Menlo Park, who wrapped up the race in 19 minutes and two seconds. Behind her was Izy Hilbert of Palo Alto, who completed the event in 19 minutes and 20 seconds, and Ilan Jen-La Pante of San Jose, who finished in 19 minutes and 42 seconds.
The event held under the near-full harvest moon also coincided with the Palo Alto Weekly's 40th anniversary. Proceeds mark the beginning of the newspaper's Holiday Fund, which gathers funds that are turned into grants for nonprofits that assist children and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
This year's corporate sponsors were DeLeon Realty, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, Palantir, Stanford Federal Credit Union, Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, The Six Fifty, Wealth Architects and the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation.