The second cross-country race in a four-race series sponsored by Surry Wineries was held Saturday evening at Carolina Heritage Vineyard in Elkin.
Despite the 90-plus degree temperatures, runners completed the course through the vineyard and woods surrounding it in good time, enjoying a spray of cold water on each of three laps followed by a relaxing time listening to the music of Bandit’s Roost, food from Herrera’s Food Truck and tastings from three Surry Wineries — Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery, Elkin Creek Vineyard and Carolina Heritage. Following the 5K race was a Kids Fun Run through rows in the vineyard.
Awards were presented to those with the fastest times on the course. Overall winner for fastest time of the 5K was Nate Beamguard from Winston-Salem who completed the race in 24 minutes and 17 seconds. The top female runner was Shelby Howell from Wilmington at 31:03.
Winners by age group included Kailey Meyers from Pinnacle and R.J. Klein from Davidson (group 1-20), Joanie Macemore from Jonesville (group 21-30), Jayme Jarrett from Elkin, Leslie Stoklosa from Mount Airy and Jason Moorefield from Winston-Salem (group 31-40), Lori Moffitt from High Point and Douglas Klein from Davidson (group 41-50), Colleen Bennett from Winston-Salem and Wayne Middlestadt (group 51-60) and Walter Triplette from Elkin (group 61+).
Proceeds from the race will benefit Watershed Now, a local non-profit organization focused on ensuring the local river basin is kept clean and healthy. Volunteers from Watershed Now helped guide the runners on the course and volunteers from CC Camp Volunteer Fire Department were on hand in the event someone might need assistance.
The next Vineyard Stomp 5K race is scheduled for Elkin Creek Vineyard on July 16, followed by the final race at Round Peak Vineyard on Aug. 13. Runners can register on www.active.com (keyword “Vineyard Stomp”) or at the hosting vineyard on the day of the race.