Over 200 runners and spectators from all over the bay area enjoyed spectacular views, chip timing, a challenging course amongst Cache Creek Vines as the lake County Milers Running club held their 2nd Vine to Wine run 5k/10k at Cache Creek Winery and Vineyards, this last Sunday, November 5th. The event sported perfect fall weather and an incredible venue and course seldom offered at the crop of “Vine Runs” that have sprung up in the last few years around wine country. “Our race is unique" states Lake County Miler President Bill Burnett, "it is not often that runners actually get to run amongst the vines in a true “Vine run”, but rather experience the vines from a paved road as they pass by.” The faster runners were prompted to run their best, vying in the 10k distance (6.2 miles) for the top prize of a free entry into the nationally acclaimed Napa Valley Marathon which is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary on Sunday, March 4th . The race was advertised all around the North Bay and Sacramento area spotlighting the Marathon prize. A local Middletown resident, Dan Sweet, age 38 walked away with the marathon entry with a fantastic time of 38 minutes, 7 seconds (6:08 pace) on the challenging course. The 2nd place overall winner was Kenny Brown, age 48 of Santa Rosa with a time of 41:03 (6:37 pace). Third place winner was Lake County Miler, Connor Disney of Lakeport with a finish time of 45:43 (7:22 pace).
Repeat Boston Qualifer, Jennifer Perez age 37, of Hidden Valley Lake, a top runner in the Lake County Milers, landed the top prize for the female division with a finish time of 48 minutes 11 seconds (7:46 pace). The Lake County Milers can boast a sweep for the women’s top 3 spots in the 10K this year with Megan Buffalo (Lakeport) taking 2nd place with a finish time of 48:51 (7:52 pace) and Alisha Bazzano, age 44 of Hidden Valley Lake finishing in 49:59 (8:03 pace). Every year, Lake County runners participate in the Napa Valley Marathon.
Email if you would like to join us for weekend training runs. For marathon registration information visit www.napavalleymarathon.org before the popular marathon sells out.
Local talented youth shined bright in the equally challenging 5k course. The first place Overall finisher in the 5k was Isaac Rascon, age 14 of Middletown with a finishing time of 18 minutes, 48 seconds (6:03 pace). “Issac ran an incredible pace on that course, stated Event Director, Jeanine Burnett. “ Equally astonishing is that Anna Cobb, age 10 of Hidden Valley Lake was able to pull off a sub 7 minute mile paced 5K at such a young age”. Both Anna and Isaac landed a free entry into the New Year’s day Resolution run held in Yountville California, on January 1st, 2018.
The New Years Day 5K/10K event is a Lake County Miler favorite for both walkers and runners alike. The Milers encourage other Lake County residents to join in the fun and healthy New Year’s day habit by registering at Youth was on Isaac and Anna’s side in this year’s race because besides a free race entry, they both won a $25 gift certificate from Heart and Sole Sports Running store of Santa Rosa for being the fastest runners in the 19 and under division.
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The Vine to Wine run was also geared towards active walkers and joggers and age division medals were awarded (3 deep) in ages spanning from age 6 to 70+. For their labor, participants received a long sleeve performance tech shirt, a sumptuous lunch catered by Rosie Cooks catering, and if 21 and over, a logo wine glass and a glass of Cache Creek wine. One of the participants expressed her enthusiasm for the event; “ Fantastic run today. Super organized and a beautiful destination to run. I’m from Concord so it’s a getaway weekend for me and my friends. I will look forward to next year’s race.” stated Stephanie Zukowski. For full race results visit The Lake County Milers are gearing up for another fun and motivating year in 2018. are accepting memberships for 2018. To find out more about the Lake County Milers and to register as a member visit www.lakecountymilers.com
All of our volunteers were top notch including the Middletown High School Cross Country kids out on the course. Thank you Sara Carlisle for heading them up. Cache Creek Vineyards and Winery have invited us back. They were very pleased with our friendly crowd and of course we love their winery!