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Winners forget trying for PRs over challenging Vineyard Run course
Jason Trevino, winner of the men's overall title, and Wendy Vestal, top overall female, said any thoughts of setting a personal best quickly diminished as they tackled a couple of the testy hills over The Vineyard Run 5K course in Grapevine on a cool, perfect for running Saturday (Oct. 3) morning.
Starting and finishing in front of Delaney Vineyard, the 1,000-plus participants tackled the course and, even though it was a challenge, there were no complaints heard. Trevino, 21, of Irving and Vesta, 38, of Euless liked the course and especially the results as they took home Vineyard Run wine glasses for their efforts. Trevino ran a 16:57 and Vestal a 21:21. And, if tempted, they could have filled them up at the wine-tasting that was offered to participants after the race.
Trevino, who has lived in the area for about 14 months after moving from New Hampshire, has been entering several road races and wants to better his PR of 16:08. ``I hope next week I'll break 16 minutes (at the Lake Joe Pool Pumpkin Run). That's my goal right now.''
Trevino didn't begin running until a freshman in college and didn't compete on the team. He was inspired by his brother, who ran for the University of Maine. ``He pretty much got me into it. He runs so fast, and he motivated me.''
Vestal said she's been running since about 5, but never for a high school or college team. Her dad got her started when he would wake her up early in the mornings and join him during some of his marathon training. This was her first overall women's title.
The course fit into her marathon training, too. ``The hills are pretty challenging. Even though they're short and challenging, it's good for my hill workouts. I was surprised I won because last year the winning time was in the 20s.'' She missed beating her PR, though, by only a few seconds.
The Fort Worth Runners Club member is training for the White Rock Marathon in an effort to qualify for Boston. She missed qualifying last year at the Rock 'n Roll San Antonio Marathon by a minute and a half. She needs to finish in 3:45.
Race director Lewis George said there were about 1,100 who registered for the event that included live Jazz music to complement the samples of several different wines (the 2005 Merlot was good).
The Vineyard Run 5K, Gallery 1, Oct. 3, 2009
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