A glass of wine makes for a great trophy!
A race for the sweet taste of wine, the Grape Gallop at Alba Vineyard mixes fitness and wine tasting. Exercising the mantra “Run, Walk, Taste,” the two-mile hilly course is quite the workout with a great time to follow.
#HipNJ’s Kimberly Merlo was on the course—rocking workout clothes, microphone in hand. Race Director Rober Barwick said the unlikely pairing for the event was sparked by his own interests and the owners of Alba Vineyard were all for it!
“I happen to do a lot of events in running, but I also like to drink wine as a lot of other people do as well,” Barwick said.
Last year, 115 participants ran the course and this year registration increased by 115% making the course a bit more crowded!
The out-of-breath two-mile race winner Christian Husby said he ran the course with his colleagues.
“It’s a fun course with the elevation, the beauty, and the scenery…it was really good,” Husby said.
To win the race, Husby’s strides were intense, but participants were welcomed to stroll the course and enjoy.
“You can run or you can walk, jog if you want somewhere in between, and then right after that you taste Alba’s wines and they’ve got a great variety,” Barwick said.
Lace up your sneakers and get your taste buds ready, a special treat awaits you at the finish line!
For more information, visit GrapeGallopNJ.com.