Wicked Wine Run: A race that will encourage runners to stay more than hydrated

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The Wicked Wine Run will be hosted at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at La Union, N.M.

Kimberly Valle , Staff Reporter

An event that has been popular all across Texas is making its way to the community for the first time. The Wicked Wine Run will be hosted at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in
La Union, N.M.

Nate and Veronica Davis, originally from Austin, have been traveling all over the state hosting this event. Due to its success, they decided to bring the event westward.

“El Paso is a really nice city, I like the people, I thought it would be a good fit for the Wicked Wine Run,” Nate Davis said.

A 5K-mile run along with a 1K walk will welcome anyone who wants to participate in the event.  For those 21 and over, the option to enjoy wine during and after the run makes the Wicked Wine Run unique.

Participants who would like to attend just for a taste of wine may do so as well. There is no dress code for this event.

Nate Davis said many people have been taking advantage of this event. He expects to have around 1,000 participants.

“The biggest, most popular thing to do is to have this be a date night, couples usually come,” Davis said. “Last time we had this event a bridal shower came by.”

The wine, from El Paso’s own La Viña Winery, will be featured at four different stations. Live music and local food trucks will also be available.

Not only is this a new and entertaining event for the community, it is for a good cause too. The Wicked Wine Run is working with Susan G. Komen El Paso, the local branch of the breast cancer research foundation. Brenda Maxon, affiliate coordinator of the foundation, said she is excited that the Davis’ are using this event to give back to the community.

“Veronica and Nate believe strongly in giving back to the communities, and Komen El Paso was fortunate to be chosen as a recipient of their generosity,” Maxon said. “Komen El Paso will be receiving 50 percent of the proceeds from the bag check at the Wicked Wine Run, in addition to allowing for donation receptacles throughout the venue.”

Seventy-five percent of all monies raised by Komen El Paso will stay within the community to fund programs for El Pasoans during every step of their breast health journey. The other 25 percent will fund ground-breaking research to help find a cure.

The proceeds will also benefit six local organizations and educational institutions in El Paso County. Programs ranging from education, outreach, screening mammograms and diagnostics to surgeries, treatment, oncology services, image-enhancing head coverings, lymphedema sleeves, post mastectomy camisoles and a physical activity program for breast cancer survivors, will all benefit.

“El Paso is experiencing incredible growth in all areas. Having new and exciting events not only entices other events to our city, but it provides fun and unique opportunities for residents,” Maxon said.

This unique event is also bringing students, like Stephanie Skokowski, junior multimedia journalism major, together.

“I think it is very good that they are bringing events like these to El Paso, it makes me so happy that they are giving out their proceeds to a foundation and get people involved in the community,” Skokowski said. “People in El Paso are so used to their schedules, so this is a good way to get them out and involved for a good cause, too.”

Like many of the participants, Alejandro Vasquez, junior criminal justice major, will enjoy a glass of wine after the 5K run.

“It looks fun, I like to run, work out and be active. It is great opportunity to try something new in El Paso, I am looking forward to it,” Vasquez said. “I will take my friends with me since they like to work out too, and then enjoy some wine.”

According to Nate Davis, this will not be the only time this event will be featured in El Paso and the community will have something to look
forward to.

“We want people to have a good time and drink wine and dance and overall have a good time,” he said.

Kimberly Valle may be reached at [email protected]