The weather cleared up just in time Sunday for thousands of people to run in the annual Branford Father’s Day 5-mile road race, a 36-year tradition.
Organizers said about 3,000 people participated in the race that benefits various local charities.
Since the race started in 1979, 70,000 people tied up their laces for the annual event.
“It helps bring people together," Ray Figlewski, the race founder, said.
The money raised this year will go toward Parkinson's disease research, domestic violence services and a local counseling center.
“They’ve been helping me out personally and they do help a lot of people," Stefan McKosky, of Northford, said.
“We all worry about him and we’re concerned about his future so I’m just thrilled to be here for him," Nancy Gustowski, his mother-in-law, said.
On this Father's Day, it was important for Stefan McKosky's family to show the steps their taking to support him.
Many dads had their kids in tow as they tried turn this soggy Sunday into a fit Father’s Day, including the daughter of the race founder.
“I am such a proud daughter today to watch my dad, something that he started so long ago put on this whole event," Monica Figlewski said. "All of these people are here because of him. It’s a very special Father’s Day."
The mile-long fun run for kids started at 9:30 a.m. The two-mile health walk began at 10:10 a.m.
Then the big race, a five-mile run, took off at 10:15 a.m.
“With the rain I don’t think anything’s going to stop it," Frank Galek, of Naugatuck, said.
The award ceremony granting prizes to the runners with the fastest times was at noon.Everyone at the end of the race got a watermelon.
The races started on the Branford Green.
More information is available online at branfordroadrace.net.