FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun Running Festival on Saturday brought out both professional racers and casual runners to help raise money for the Matt Garcia Youth Center and the Suisun Kroc Center.
The race was put on by T3 Run, a company that sets up races throughout California. The festival included Run for Good 5K, 10K and a half-marathon. A race was also held for children.
This year the race included 855 participants, a little down from last year’s numbers, which were more than 1,000 sign-ups.
The events began along Texas Street near the Solano County Government Center and continued in a loop around downtown. Traffic was blocked off along several streets, but people seemed to be in good humor about the detours.
More than 50 city employees joined the race as part of the new Wellness Program for city workers, according to Tony Velasquez, the Fairfield Fire Department chief. He and his running partner, fire Capt. Mike Guerra, joined the race this year for the fun of it.
“We wanted to do something for the Matt Garcia Center, but also just because,” Guerra said.
Not everyone did the race because of the Wellness Program. For many it was a chance to get out on a nice day.
For 10-year-old Aldrin Sembrana, of Nelda Mundy Elementary School in Fairfield, it was an opportunity for him and his family to get out and enjoy the sunny, spring day.
“My mom and dad also are doing the race,” he said, pointing to his mom.
“We come to all these events like this,” Raquel Sembrana said.
The day concluded with an award ceremony with ribbons being given.
The top three runners for the half-marathon are Brian Callejas, 01:16:56; Brian Collett, 01:17:49, and Dina Rosenthal, 01:19:47.
For the 10K race the results are Matt Sheehy, 00:36:23; Liisa Heinonem-Miller, 00:37:32, and Antonio Rustin, 00:39:44.
The results for the 5K are Martin Aravjo, 00:19:20; Sam McManis, 00:19:24, and Juan Perez, 00:20:03.
This year, organizers hope to raise more than $120,000 to donate to the Matt Garcia Youth Center and Kroc Center, Run Director Gilbert Strange said.
Results for the run are online at https://results.racemine.com/T3-Run/events/2014/Fairfield-Suisun-Running-Festival/results.
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