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At the Culinaria 5K Run, It’s All About Exercise and Then Treats at the Finish Line

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About 5,000 wait for the start of the Culinaria 5K Wine and Beer Run.

About 5,000 wait for the start of the Culinaria 5K Wine and Beer Run.

Running a 5K is great way to get your heart rate racing while you exercise your body. But Culinaria takes things one step further and gives you a reward for your efforts.

crosses the finish line first.

Victor Viesca crosses the finish line first.

As runners cross the finish line, beer, wine and some savory treats await.

That may be the reason why the run has grown into the city’s largest in just three years. On Saturday, about 5,000 runners and walkers showed up at the Shops at La Cantera to participate in this year’s event.

Steven Krueger, sommelier from the Westin La Cantera, was on hand to launch the race by opening a bottle of Pommery with a saber.

Then, a mere 17 minutes and 28 seconds later, Victor Viesca crossed the finish line to claim first place.

Bob Fleming of Magnolia Pancake Haus serves a runner.

Bob Fleming of Magnolia Pancake Haus serves a runner.

The top winners among the men:

  • Victor Viesca, 17:28
  • Corey Deangelis, 17:50
  • Adolfo Gonzalez, 17:53
  • Jeff Omstead, 18:27
  • Juan Bautista, 18:46

The winners among the women:

  • Lisa Welsh, 18:35
  • Linda Price, 21:11
  • Sanami Fottral, 21:44
  • Rhonda Lux, 22:14
  • Lindsey Armstrong, 22:37
Steven Krueger opens a bottle of Champagne with a saber.

Steven Krueger opens a bottle with a saber.

The runners were soon enjoying everything from Blue Moon Beer to Becker Vineyards Fumé Blanc while they snacked on tastes from Zedric’s Fresh Gourmet to Go, H-E-B and Kind Bars. A premium runners section, which was new this year and reserved for those who paid extra, got a spicy pasta dish from Jesse Perez as well as more select wines.

Long lines formed to get pancakes from Bob Fleming’s Magnolia Pancake Haus.

A number of runners were wearing green Culinaria T-shirts for the event, which signified that not only  were they part of the race, but they were also supporters of the organization’s upcoming educational gardens program. The Culinaria Center and Gardens for Food, Nature & Agricultural Education is accepting donations to assist the growth of various aspects of the project. For more information, click here.

For the full results of the race, click here.

Runners do "The Wobble" after the race.

Runners do “The Wobble” after the race.







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