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5k Race at Al Lopez Park unites families on Father's Day

Posted at 9:19 AM, Jun 19, 2016

Some running enthusiasts gathered Sunday morning with their fathers for a run around Al Lopez Park on North Himes Avenue.

But it wasn't just any run. It was The Great Father's Day Race 5k Run/Walk Tampa.

By 8 a.m. Sunday about 400 participants had registered for the annual event.

The race was launched four years ago as a way to bring together families on Father's Day for a healthy lifestyle event.

It aims to attract hardcore and casual runners alike to the park for an enjoyable run or walk through the scenic park in the shadows of Raymond James Stadium and George Steinbrenner Field.

The Father's Day race also includes a "Virtual 5k" that allows athletes across the country to participate no matter where they are. Runners are encouraged to run the Virtual 5k in their community, take photos and share them on social media to create memories.

But some runners don't play around.. A runner from the Netherlands clocked the 5k in 16 minutes.

After the run/walk, participants can remain at the park for food and to socialize until about 10 a.m.