Inaugural Grapes and Grains 5K kicks off, hosted by local winery Urban Vines and Grand Junction Taproom.

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A map of the 5K route. (Submitted image)

By Noah Alatza

Westfield-based Urban Vines and Grand Junction Brewery are teaming up to host the inaugural Grapes and Grains 5K event Sept. 30.

“We want to create events that are fun for the community,” Urban Vines Owner Noah Herron said. “We aren’t going to make any money off this event, but I want to do something to make Westfield a fun place to live. I plan on being here the rest of my life and want to have staple events that grow with the community.”

Tickets will include the 5K run, a shirt and one the race is finished.

“I was trying to think of an event to co-host with Grand Junction and a 5K seemed like a good fit,” Herron said. “We are exactly three miles apart using the Monon, so it worked out great.”

Herron said that attendees who like wine will start the 5K at Grand Junction and end at Urban Vines. If they like beer, attendees will start the run at Urban Vines and end up at Grand Junction.

This event is not timed nor is it competitive. A shuttle will be provided to transport patrons back to their car from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Herron anticipates a quality reception after the event.

“Right now people really love our Rose. It’s a Catawba and Chambourcin mix. We also have it on tap (carbonated) and call it our Bubbly,” he said. “People really love it. Also, anything we put in our slushy machine sells well.”

For more or to purchase tickets, visit grapesandgrains5k.com.

If you go

Distance: 5K (Run or Walk)

Start time: 10 a.m.

Cost: $20

Location: Urban Vines, 303 E. 161st St. or Grand Junction Tap Room, 1189 E. 181st St.

Age: Adults and kids welcome to run. Tickets must be purchased for children under 21.

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