A foot race designed to help wipe out prostate cancer drew some 90 participants — young and more mature — Saturday morning raising more than $30,000.
Hosted by the Valley Cancer Center and Dr. Amrit Dhaliwal it began between the Cancer Center and the Doctors Hospital Imaging Center buildings in a medical group campus off of Norman Drive just west of Spreckels Avenue.
The Central Valley Cancer Center and Doctors Hospital of Manteca were the major sponsors for the event this year. The course traveled down Spreckels Avenue to Moffat Boulevard looping around at Powers and working its way back to the medical campus on Norman Drive.
Three men who were prostate cancer survivors were part of the 5K race. They were identified by their yellow vests as they challenged others on the course for best times by the finish line.
Finishing in first place was Dhaliwal’s son Amrit, 16, who was made to run an extra lap because officials were unclear about his starting time. He finished in 23 minutes by the end of the 5 K run. Amrit has been in top physical condition because of his lifelong dedication to basketball. The teen is currently the point guard for the Central Catholic High School varsity team in Modesto.
Devinder Sidho —- vice president of the Gallo Center — finished second with a time of 23.04 minutes and Alex Geimann, Doctors’ IT manager, finished third with a time of 23.30 minutes.
Dr. Dhaliwal was joined on the course by his wife Rupee and a center oncologist Dr. Darwin Yip and other members of the Cancer Center staff and Doctors Hospital of Manteca. Also joining them were his son Amrit and daughter Dr. Jasmit Dhaliwal who is about to enter her residency with her goal in becoming an oncologist and joining the Cancer Center unit in Manteca.
There was also a run for children under nine years old where they were all given a blue cape — called a super hero dash.
“I’m very excited about next year,” Dr. Dhaliwal said. “Looking forward to a greater event and want to make this place the destination from throughout the entire state for all types of cancer — want it to be part of the core for a cure.”
He added that it was very humbling to see the response from the region surrounding Manteca and hopes every year to see it improve and become even better.
One of his staffers pushed a double seated stroller.
Nadia Daouaou said, “We did a mile and that’s all I could do.” She said she had entered the event with her two and three year old in honor of her grandfather Harold Rusch who lived and died in the early 90s in Upstate, New York.