Father's Day 5K offers another way to celebrate dads

By Sally Mamdooh, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT

Saturday’s 5K run in Al Lopez park was all about dads. The push to make it to the finish line isn’t about the medals.

Paul Rosen’s run Saturday was dedicated to his late father who died from cancer and was an avid runner.

"As I crossed the finish line I thought of him, I thought of how proud he would be of me here on Father's Day to have completed this race," said Rosen.

Gustavo Giovannetti is teaching his son a healthy lifestyle as his son watched him run at the Great Father’s Day race.

“Running is good, I lost 55 pounds from just running,” Giovannetti said.

Allison Gross's husband didn't get to spend Father's Day with his kids. Gross's husband is serving in the military in Afghanistan. Allison strapped her two kids into a stroller and pushed them to the finish line on Sunday. She said running the race takes a toll.

“It’s hard physically, but emotionally as well it can be draining,” said Gross.

Event leaders say 450 people participated in the second annual Great Father's Day Race 5K Run/Walk.