Reporter wins race
Runners and walkers shivered in the early morning frost in the orchards of Home Grown Cellars. Their goose bumps were quickly replaced, however, by the sweat worked up during a 5K run and walk. The annual Pomegranate Run 4 Your Life drew more than 100 people to participate, help or watch.
The run and walk was started four years ago by Home Grown Cellars owners Jackie and Alex Lehman to celebrate National Pomegranate Month. A year later, the Pomegranate Festival was started by the Madera Chamber of Commerce Tourism Alliance Committee and organizers wanted the run to be part of the events leading up to the fruit’s local celebration. It has been playing both roles since, each year with a great turnout, according to the Lehmans.
Aside from sneakers, watches and other running gear, the 75 participants donned green shirts, received during registration, with the 5K’s title on a banner carried by a running pomegranate. People walked, jogged and sprinted from Avenue 13 1/2, turned left onto Road 19, left to Avenue 13, and then left again on Road 20 to return to the starting point. Madera Tribune reporter Farin Montanez took the lead and won the race with a time of 21:12.
“I’ve never won a race before, so it was pretty exciting to be out in front. That time was a personal record for me. At the last 5K I ran I came in just under 27 minutes, so this was a big improvement,” she said. “It’s a big confidence boost and I hope to hold on to that for the Two Cities Marathon on Sunday.” ...