Celine Hampson has never been fond of running for exercise. Yet, she’s ready to lace up her sneakers to run through Hawk Haven Vineyard on June 28 for the Summer Scurry for Sangrias 5K.
Hampson, a breast cancer survivor, embarked on a weight loss journey after her battle with cancer. After treatment, she lost over 100 pounds thanks to healthy living choices. However, keeping up with exercise was always a struggle.
“For me exercise has never been something that I enjoyed and I was never a runner,” she said. “But I knew I had to do something.”
Inspiration came in the form of her friends and coworkers at Hawk Haven Vineyard. Hampson credited Lynsie Patterson, who she works with in the tasting room, and owner Kenna Wuerker for motivating her to “get up and get moving.”
“I’ve watched both of them on their fitness journey and I was so proud of them and what they continue to accomplish with their running. So when the first Run the Vineyards event was announced last year, I decided that I was going to set a goal to run that 5k,” she added.
Hampson said she trained with a neighbor a few months before the race to gradually grow endurance.
“I’ve watched people go from couch to 5k and now I was in exactly the same position,” she said.
“I was surrounded by a lot of new runners and helpful seasoned runners,” she said. “Most people approach this kind of race as a social thing and a celebration of getting healthy.”
Hampson said that she and her training partner ran the beautiful vineyard course together and was able to triumphantly cross the finish line. The photo of Hampson at the finish may not be the most flattering, she noted, but it is one of her memories.
“Finishing a 5k was my goal and that feeling of accomplishment was incredible,” she said.
Hampson has continued with her running and is getting ready for another 5K through the vineyard on June 28 and encourages anyone who enjoys running or is new to the sport to check out the event.
Hawk Haven Vineyard will host the Summer Scurry for Sangrias 5k run on June 28. To register, visit runthevineyards.com. Participants receive a vineyard wine glass and race shirt.