Scores of run­ners take on the vine­yard

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Chris Bar­ber cbar­ber@21st-cen­tu­ry­

FRANKLIN >> The an­nual Race Through the Grapes might not be the most heav­ily at­tended of the county 5Ks, but it ranks up there with one of the most pic­turesque. It be­gins and ends at the Paradocx Win­ery on Flint Hill Road and trav­els through beau­ti­ful forests and vine­yards. To add to the at­trac­tive­ness, all the par­tic­i­pants are treated to a glass of wine.

Last Satur­day, about 100 peo­ple gath­ered for the event in the com­pany of Jen­nersville Hospi­tal staff, Paradocx staff and mem­bers of the West Grove Fire Com­pany, who hoisted a large Amer­i­can flag over the drive­way.

The race, now in its third year, is ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Dr. Gre­gory DeSi­mone, the long­time di­rec­tor of the Emer­gency De­part­ment at Jen­nersville Re­gional Hospi­tal who died sud­denly in 2013. He was also the med­i­cal di­rec­tor of South­ern Chester County EMS Medic 94, the emer­gency room on wheels that re­sponds to life-threat­en­ing in­juries and sud­den ill­nesses. His friends all re­mem­ber him also as an in­spi­ra­tion to young doc­tors in the emer­gency room and in that con­nec­tion ded­i­cated the pro­ceeds of the run to a stu­dent who was in col­lege pre­par­ing for a ca­reer as a physi­cian’s as­sis­tant. They chose the venue of Paradocx be­cause DeSi­mone loved both run­ning and drink­ing good wine.

Watch­ing the race from a chair was DeSi­mone’s 98-year-old mother, Rita DeSi­mone of West Chester, who re­mem­bered her son as a bright and out­go­ing child and young adult who had many in­ter­ests and excelled through­out his ed­u­ca­tion.

“He was a Re­nais­sance man. He loved the arts and he was al­ways up on pol­i­tics,” she said.

The win­ner of the schol­ar­ship is named later in the year. The in­di­vid­ual award is $3,500 per year per stu­dent and is made payable only to the in­sti­tu­tion. The sole pur­pose of this fund is to en­cour­age and as­sist stu­dents who have been ac­cepted into a grad­u­ate level physi­cian as­sis­tant pro­gram of study at a col­lege or university.


Rac­ers take on the rough path through the for­est and onto the vine­yard at Race Through the Grapes.

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