Grapes and Grains 5K to return, adds beneficiary


The Grapes and Grains 5K Run and Walk will return for its second year Sept. 29. It will feature a few changes.

After completing the non-timed, non-competitive run, participants will, for the first time,  receive a medal. In addition, facilitators of the 5K, Grand Junction Brewing Co. owner Jon Knight and Urban Vines owner Noah Herron, have chosen the Westfield Education Foundation as a beneficiary. WEF provides student scholarships and teacher grants to those in the Westfield Washington Schools system.

“I think that we both have a pretty good following here in Westfield as independent companies, and I think we also serve a different demographic,” Knight said. “You can really get a broad spectrum of people participating in an event like this. I think there’s nothing better than giving back to the community we operate our business in.”

Tickets are $30 and include a glass of wine or a pint of beer, a long-sleeved t-shirt, a medal and participation in the race. Participants can start from either Grand Junction Brewing Co.’s taproom, 1189 E. 181st  St., or Urban Vines, 303 E. 161st St. They will finish the 5K route at the business they didn’t start from and receive their drink of choice there.

“I think it’s cool that two businesses in Westfield can collaborate and work together and not only benefit us but benefit the community,” Herron said.

Grand Junction Brewing Co. has chosen WEF as a beneficiary before, during its annual Rock the Junction beer festival in May.

“We’re honored to be chosen to help assist with the success of the event and receive a portion of the profits that will enhance teacher grant awards and college scholarships,” WEF Executive Director Jan Skinner said.

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