SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Hundreds of Western Massachusetts dads got out their running shoes Sunday morning.
The Haryasz family, from Longmeadow, told 22News the annual Father’s Day 10K road race hosted by the Springfield Jewish Community Center has become somewhat of a tradition in their family
Dad, Dave Haryasz said, “Oh yeah it was fun. Actually these guys finished ahead of me so they were there cheering me on at the finish line. It was nice to see them.”
A running family, son Dan Haryasz won first in the race overall and daughter Allie came in first for her age division.
For others Sunday’s race was their first time running together. The Webers, a father and son team, ran the 10K split in half as a relay, along side son Jason’s wife and her father.
“It’s my dad we do things together all the time. Sports is really where we come together and do stuff so being able to do something with him is pretty cool. I’m excited,” Jason Webber, from East Longmeadow, said.
Not all the dads ran in the morning’s earlier 10K race, many of them were at the finish line of the kid’s 1 mile run, greeting their children and cheering them on.
Dad, Adam Peck, from Longmeadow, was beaming as his daughter finished among the top of the kid runners. He told 22News was the day was all about for his family.
“Just the family spending the time together outside and having a nice time with everyone we care about,” Peck said.
This year’s marks the race’s 36th year going. All the money raised goes towards the JCC’s scholarship and aid programs.