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First published on Apr 15, 2024 at 11:04 am

Written by Charlotte Smith

Photos by Noelia Hatchell

Lu Mil Vineyard was abuzz with activity on the morning of Saturday, April 13, 2024. Denise Bridgers,  the event organizer with Lu Mil Vineyard, confirmed 404 participants had pre-registered online. As the event unfolded, 359 individuals seized the opportunity to collect their race bibs and partake in the spirited annual 5K Wine Run. The event, held between 10:00 am and 11:30 am, offered runners and walkers a chance to enjoy the beautiful vineyard landscapes while indulging in locally produced wines.

The race, professionally timed and scored by J3 Timing, concluded with impressive results posted online at www.J3Timing.com. Participants received a package that included a super soft ring-spun cotton T-shirt, a shatterproof and portable wine glass, a finisher medal that doubles as a wine coaster, and a chip-timed race bib. Each finisher was also treated to a pour of wine to celebrate their accomplishment.

James Hanson took the lead among male runners with a time of 19:15.27, followed by Jameion Purdie and Brandon Moser, clocking in at 20:58.42 and 21:07.18, respectively. Among the female runners, Julian Ravilious and Jenny Kitchen led at 21:19.25 and 24:48.95 individually. The event saw a diverse group of participants, ranging from children to senior citizens, including Craig Kemmerer’s performance in the male 70-79 age division.

Volunteers from the Dublin Peanut Festival (DPF) Committee and the Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant’s royal court supported the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the DPF, supporting various local initiatives to strengthen the Bladen County community and local schools. The donation to DPF emphasizes Lu Mil Vineyard’s commitment to enhancing the community and local schools.

For a full list of race times and more photos from the event, visit https://www.j3timing.com/race-results.html.

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