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Fun run inspired by wine country

Winter's Hill Vineyard hosts — Saturday run looking to be more experience than competition


Although Emily Gladhart has participated in the Fueled by Fine Wine half-marathon, the upcoming run at Winter’s Hill Vineyard is meant to be more of a fun run.

“We’re not really calling it a race,” Gladhart, Winter’s Hill co-founder, said of the first annual event. “(Fueled by Fine Wine) has always been a fun experience; sometimes they come through our vineyard. One of our employees is a runner so he thought it would be a fun thing to do and we thought, well let’s go with it.”

The run spans three miles, winding through the vineyard and around the property before finishing with lunch and wine tasting, for those interested.

“It’s something different to be part of our summer harvest celebration,” she said.

There is room for 50 people to participate, a small number because Gladhart said they didn’t want to take on too much too soon.

“We wanted to be sure we had all our bases covered,” she said. “It’s usually better to start small than to make it too big. We’ve had a good response and we have quite a few registrants, so we’re looking forward to the day.”

A portion of the proceeds from the $45 registration fee will also benefit the Yamhelas Westsider Trail Coalition — a group of area residents working to convert an old Southern Pacific Railroad line into a 17-mile recreational trail.

“They’re providing volunteers to help manage it and we have supported the trail in the past and we thought this was sort of a fun way to all work together,” Gladhart said.

Although there will not be a specific kids run, she said there is plenty of space for children to play and walking is allowed as well, so kids are welcome to join in on the run.

“It’s a great time to be out and if people want to bring their binoculars and do some birding that’s fine and we have lots of native flowers,” she said. “So there’s something to interest everybody.”

Even though it’s not technically a race, there will still be awards given after the run. Gladhart said small prizes will be awarded to the first three men and women finishers, first place man and woman more than 50 years old and a prize to the person who finishes last.

Mended Fence Farms food cart will have lunch available after the run as well. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, visit wintershillwine.com/events.



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