Running for Sangria

BY HERB TOWNSEND

RIO GRANDE, NJ--I like running. I like racing. I like wine. So it was no surprise that that I enjoyed the 5K Run for Sangria on June 28. This race was held at the Hawk Haven Vineyards as one event in the 14-race Run the Vineyards series being held in 2015 at vineyards throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. These races may be the next best thing to traveling to Bordeaux, France for the Medoc Marathon, which is famous for offering wine, oysters, and cheese at its aid stations.

During the past decade, the number of wineries in South Jersey has increased for 5 to 30. Hawk Haven is one of South Jersey’s newer wineries within a region, which is now a federally designated American Viticultural Area.

The cross-country course was entirely on grass and dirt trails in and around the vineyard. John Fravel, age 17, of Roswell, GA finished first overall in 19:00, among the 285 finishers (204 female, 81 male). Chelsea Koglmeier, age 26, of Cape May, NJ took the top women’s spot in 21:28.