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October 9, 2015 | Parducci Wine Cellars

Over $3000 Earned for Ukiah School District Garden Program

The Parducci Wine Cellars Crush Rush Benefit 5K raised $3328 on Sunday, October 4th, in support of the Ukiah Unified School District Garden program. Over 160 participants aged three to seventy-five ran, jogged, and strolled the 5-kilometer route through Parducci’s organic vineyards, gardens, wetland wildlife refuge, and winery.

Community Sponsors Join Together in Support

Eight school gardens, serving over 3,000 pre-K through 8th grade students will benefit from the funds raised by all of the businesses and families who participated in the Parducci Crush Rush 5K. Terry d’Selkie, Teacher Coordinator for the Ukiah Unified School District Gardens said, “The contributions from our community help keep our school gardens thriving as science learning laboratories for our students.” 100% of the race’s entry fees will go directly to seeds, plants, soil and tools for garden and nutrition education. Donations can be made to the program by Ukiah Unified School District, Attention: Terry d'Selkie, 511 S. Orchard Ave., Ukiah, CA 95482.

The 2nd annual run began early in the morning in the vineyards. Parducci Winemaker and Race Director, Mark Beaman, started the participants off the finish line while family and friends lined the course to cheer everyone on. “I loved seeing the gardens while running though the vineyard,” said Valeria Larios, a first grader at Oak Manor Elementary School. “It was cool when Mark said ‘On your mark, get set, GO!’ But the best thing was getting 1st place in the race!”  Laros won a gold medal in the Female Under-10 division.

And the Winners Are…

Course records were set by top overall female runner Caramia Putman (22:48) and top overall male runner Tyler Clark (18:26). Race t-shirts and medals were provided by local business sponsors including Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Selzer Realty, Factory Pipe, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-Op, C&A Organic Farm, Friedman’s Home Improvement, and Acme Rigging. 

Parducci Crush Rush 2015 Winners List

Overall Female
1. Caramia Putman
2. Jen Collins
3. Elena Edwards

Overall Male
1. Tyler Clark
2. Nate England
3. Jaime Martinez 

Under 10 Female
1. Valeria Larios
2. Jocelyn Torres
3. Addy Gordon 

Under 10 Male
1. Ethan Edwards
2. Samuel Sommer
3. James Gordon

11 – 14 Female
1. Elena Edwards
2. Hannah Edwards
3. Mia Baarsch

11 – 14 Male
1. Jacob Sheldon
2. Philip Henebury
3. Diego Vallejo

15 – 19 Female
1. Caramia Putman
2. Danielle Ward
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15 – 19 Male
1. Tyler Clark
2. Nate England
3. Martin Henebury

20 – 29 Female
1. Veronica Stovall 
2. Michelle Moncivais
3. Rachel Pierce

20 – 29 Male
1. Miguel Acuna
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30 – 39 Female
1. Tiffany Edwards
2. Elly Morton
3. Gina Henebury

30 – 39 Male
1. Jaime Martinez
2. Jorge Martinez
3. Angelo Lanham

40 – 49 Female
1. Jen Collins 
2. Vanessa Koster
3. Gina Vau

40 – 49 Male 
1. Ukiah Morrison
2. Ronnie DeSotto
3. Clint Hawks

50 – 59 Female
1. Laurie Smith
2. Tracy Luber
3. Annette Hawks

50 – 59 Male
1. Ken Schrock
2. David Smith
3. Patrik Moreno

60+ Female
1. Janese Summit
2. Nancy Morgan
3. Elyse Pierce

60+ Male 
1. Anthony Fleming
2. Jim Gibbons 
3. Wayne Ouellette

Following the race, participants enjoyed a complimentary brunch catered by Mendocino College Culinary Arts students, led by Chef Nicholas Petti. In line with the Crush Rush’s theme of healthy local eating, the brunch featured eggs, ham, and organic produce raised on Parducci’s own 15-acre farm. Schat’s Bakery provided muffins and breakfast breads, matched with complimentary Bee Bold coffee, a new line by Thanksgiving Coffee that supports bees and pollinators in Mendocino County.

"We had a great turnout of smiling faces that included both newcomers and repeat runners,” said Jess Arnsteen, Parducci Head Gardener and Race Coordinator. “The caliber of runners keeps getting better as participation grows wider and more diverse. All this helps raise more money for healthy gardens and healthy students. Parducci Wine Cellars is honored to be a part of this community tradition and we look forward to next year's run."  

About Parducci Wine Cellars

Parducci Wine Cellars is Mendocino County’s oldest winery, producing legendary wine—expressing both varietal character and terroir—for over 80 years. The winery operates with high standards and broad vineyard cultivation practices with the conviction that better wines come from healthier vines. 


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