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Avenue of the Vines run was ‘biggest event ever’

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Sacramento resident Osamu Tada, left, was the first to cross the finish line during the Avenue of the Vines, a half-marathon in southeast Acampo, on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Tony Vice, who organized the annual run at Woodbridge Winery, shares a laugh with Tada, who ran the half-marathon in one hour, 17.04 minutes. He won his weight (125 pounds) in wine.

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Sunday’s seventh annual Avenue of the Vines through southeast Acampo was the “biggest event ever,” event organizer Tony Vice said.

There were so many runners this year that Vice plans to limit the number of runners who can participate.

I calming breeze welcomed runners who ran half-marathon and a 5-K courses. Woodbridge Winery was the starting and finishing point of the races.

Osamu Tada of Sacramento was the first person to cross the line among those running the half-marathon. He ran the 13.1-mile route in one hour, 17.04 seconds. As a 125-pounder, Tada won his weight in wine for taking first prize.

Other top finishers include Erin Wachter of Folsom, who finished first among women with a time of 1:22.08. In the 5-K runners, Alec Hastings of Lodi was first among men, and Janice Kesterson of Oakdale was the top female runner.

More runners’ times will be available later.

Proceeds from Avenue of the Vines will go to Emergency Food and Family Services, which covers all of San Joaquin County. During the seven years of the event, Avenue of the Vines has raised about $128,000 to various charities, said Vice, who owns Fleet Feet of Stockton.

“It’s one of those events where the money goes where it’s supposed to,” Stockton resident Sandra Monroe said after running her first-ever half-marathon. “Some of the bigger races, like in the Bay Area — you don’t know where the money is going.”

Kaiser Permanente, from Modesto to Lodi, was the title sponsor of the event. It’s a way to give back to the community while promoting health and fitness, said Kaiser spokesman Andrew Mendoza.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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Sacramento resident Osamu Tada, left, was the first to cross the finish line during the Avenue of the Vines, a half-marathon in southeast Acampo, on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Tony Vice, who organized the annual run at Woodbridge Winery, shares a laugh with Tada, who ran the half-marathon in one hour, 17.04 minutes. He won his weight (125 pounds) in wine.

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