Temecula Sunrise Rotary sponsors annual 5K/10K run

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Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club invites the community to sign up for the 33rd annual Run through the Vineyard, to be held at Maurice Car’rie Winery Saturday, April 25. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – With the holidays over, the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club has begun preparations for its major fundraiser, the 33rd annual Run through the Vineyard 2K, 5K and 10K being held Saturday, April 25, at the Maurice Car’rie Winery in Temecula. Maurice Car’rie has hosted the event for many years.

The first vineyard run ever in Southern California beginning in 1987, the 2K/5K/10K is run through the rows of the winery’s vineyards 6 miles east of Temecula, 34225 Rancho California Road.

The event draws hundreds of runners for all classes from all over southern California, from San Diego to Los Angeles and beyond. Because of the way the course is set up, it has gained a “must” reputation among many of the runners who love the wine country layout.

Last year, with nearly 600 registrants, the club raised $25,000 for the various community service projects in which they are involved. This is a nonprofit fundraiser and has two major sponsors, Pechanga and Maurice Car’rie Winery. Proceeds from the race are used by the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club to benefit its many community service projects, such as vocational and academic scholarships and a literacy program for third graders at Temecula’s Title I schools.

Come run or walk through Maurice Car’rie Vineyards and enjoy Temecula’s scenic wine country. Registration is limited to the first 800 entrants. The event will take place rain or shine.

To sign up for the race, visit www.active.com and search for “Run through the Vineyard.” Or log on to www.temeculasunriserotary.com and click the link for “Run through the Vineyard.” Sign up before March 15 and save money. Team discounts are available. Online registration closes Thursday, April 23, at 12:01 a.m. Race day registration is from 6-7 a.m., Saturday, April 25. Runners may also go to pick up bibs and do pre-race day registration a day ahead at The Running Center in Temecula from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 24.

Race times are: 10K at 7:30 a.m.; 5K at 7:45 a.m. and 2K at 8 a.m. Awards will be given for first, second and third place in each age group for 5K and 10K only, and presentation will begin after the completion of the 5K race. Finisher medals will be given to all walk/run participants, as well as a quality Gildan T-shirt. Adults will receive a coupon for 2-for-1 wine tasting, to be used on race day from 9:30-11 a.m.

“To date, more than $300,000 has been contributed back into our community from the proceeds of this event,” Temecula Sunrise Rotary president Bob Davies said.

Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club meets for its breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. each Tuesday at Journey’s End at Pechanga, the golf course restaurant. For information about Rotary or the race, contact Frank Appice, race chairman, at (949) 632-5667 or frankappice@earthlink.net.

Submitted by Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club.