Long before dawn Saturday, hundreds of runners and walkers gathered around the Shops at La Cantera for the second annual Culinaria 5K Run.
The mist of the morning provided a cool touch to those who’d be getting in some exercise long before the shops opened. But some couldn’t wait for the race to start. More than a few warmed up with short runs or stretching exercises. Others milled around waiting while dance music blared in the background.
But all were ready when the race began.
In less than 17 minutes, Greg Worley passed the finish line and took first place. The first woman to pass the finish line was Krista Patlovich with a time of 18:43. All of the runners who wanted their times wore chips on their feet that registered their times when they passed the finish line. For a full list of the winners, click here.
In two years, the run has become the biggest in the city, says Suzanne Taranto Etheredge, Culinaria’s president and CEO.
One reason could be the fact that when the entrants crossed the finish line, a glass of wine was waiting for them. That’s incentive enough for some folks.
The race was the beginning of Culinaria’s season. The festival will be May 16-20. For information on this year’s events and for tickets, click here.