Scores of runners take on the vineyard
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.