SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Families across western Massachusetts celebrated Dad on this Father’s Day.
“My dad means everything to me. I think he’s the greatest guy in the whole world, and it’s just super fun that we can do stuff like this together,” Melody Smith, of Ellington, Connecticut told 22News.
Springfield’s Jewish Community Center held it’s 37th annual Father’s Day 10K Sunday.
Melody’s Father, Brian Smith said, “The best part about it is being with my daughter. She wants to do it with me so, so I mean at twenty something years old we’re still hanging out together so I’m ciked about that. It’s the best father’s day ever.”
No matter what the conditions, rain or shine. Most people 22News spoke with said they were just happy to spend some time with their dad.
Patrick Shinoda said he brought his three year old son Owen to the road race and the one mile family fun run to make sure he knows what a good Father’s Day is.”You know doing it together. It’s what we enjoy. He’s super excited we’ve been talking about it for weeks so even though its raining out. I wouldn’t be able to say no.” Being carted along Owen had a good dry vantage point and got some breakfast along with the other runners at the end of the finish line.
The winner of the Father’s Day 10K, Paul Fratini said, “It’s all about family, you know, so this year takes on a little bit more meaning because I’ll be a grandfather in October so you know just to add to the family.”
The money raised from the road race goes towards JCC’s scholarship program to pay for things like pre-school and meals for the elderly.