May 16, 2010

Avenue of the Vines 5k

We ran the Avenue of the Vines 5k at Woodbridge Winery in Lodi today. We headed out very early since the race started at 7:15am. There was also a Half Marathon race that started at 7am. Being early, there was ample parking at the parking lot nearby. People who arrived after the lot was full were able to park along the street sides. The entry fee included the usual cotton t-shirt, wine glass, goodie bag and entry into the afternoon wine tasting with lunch. The Half Marathon racers received a technical t-shirt instead of cotton and a finishers medal. Chip timing was used for both races and they both started right on time. The 5k race route was an out and back on flat streets surrounded by grapevines. The route for the Half Marathon was a loop course on flat streets surrounded by grapevines and mustard seed fields. Weather was just slightly cool to start and just a bit warmer as the morning went on. It was great weather for a race. There was one water station on the 5k race and a mile marker at the 1 mile mark. Water and an energy drink were available after the race, but no postrace snacks which was disappointing. There was no race day registration, but race packet pick-up was very organized. Overall a nice course with good weather, just missed those post-race food goodies!

Start of the 5k

Race T-Shirt and Wine Glass