Employees of Lululemon Athletica cheer on runners as they near the finish line in Santa Row during the "inaugural" 408k run in San Jose Sunday March 11, 2012. The run started at HP Pavilion and winded through the San Jose area and ending at Santana Row. The run was an 8K race that raises money for the Pat Tillman fund. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

Aptos’ Dan Gruber put some extra spring in his step the morning of Spring Forward and placed 13th in the 408K Race to the Row, an 8-kilometer footrace, in San Jose.

The 408K Race to the Row was an inaugural event Sunday that saw 3,000 runners sign up and $10,000 earned for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Gruber, a former Wharf to Wharf winner and Aptos High coach, crossed the finish line in 29 minutes, 39 seconds to win the 55-59 age group, according to results posted to the event’s website. Kevin Pierpoint of Campbell won the overall title in 24:53.

Santa Cruz County also had two runners place in the top 15 of the women’s field. Margaret Fahl of Watsonville and Trinity Magas of Santa Cruz were seventh and 10th, respectively. Fahl finished the race in 33:26 for 48th overall, and Magas finished in 35:02 for 83rd overall.

Other area runners to make the top 100 were Soquel’s Matt Dixon, who placed 72nd overall in 34:36, and Watsonville’s Albert Delatorre, who placed 80th in 34:57.
— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at @CGullTweets