Bright and early on the crisp morning of September 19, 2021, over 188 runners, volunteers, wine enthusiasts, land protection supporters, and staff gathered at Bokisch Vineyards for the inaugural Race to Slow the Pace 5K. Originally planned for 2020, this fundraiser was aimed to connect people with nature, the environment, and the family farms that feed them, while also bringing attention to our diminishing and valuable farmland. CFT’s goal was to foster a consumer’s connection to the land and emphasize the importance of why we must slow the pace of development and protect farmland. In all, the response was well-received!
We had in-person registrants of all ages, multiple virtual participants from all over California, and as far as Kansas, and many supporters who ran or walked through the scenic Bokisch’s vines. Runners were greeted at the finish line with a custom Race to Slow the Pace finisher’s medal, presented by Markus and Liz Bokisch. Many attendees enjoyed the remainder of the morning drinking wine with their custom Race to Slow the Pace wine glasses, eating paella, perusing the silent auction items, and taking in the beautiful Lodi countryside views while awaiting the awards ceremony.
The event would not have been successful without the support of the local community and agriculture industry. We’d like to express our sincere thanks to the following companies for being a sponsor in this inaugural event: Harrah’s Northern California, Pacific Coast Producers, Grow West, Sanborn Chevrolet, The Zenith, Les Schwab Tires, Wilbur-Ellis, Movement for Life Physical Therapy, Dwelley Family Farms, Kludt Oil, Softcom Internet Communications Inc., Tiger Lines, Pan American Insurance, Todd Garibaldi Insurance Agency, The Freshwater Trust, and American Ag Credit. Additionally, thank you to Bokisch Vineyards, Markus and Liz Bokisch, and their team for hosting this event and always believing in our mission of helping farmers protect the best farmland in the world.
The Race to Slow the Pace was a wonderful opportunity to introduce our mission to new audiences and interact with many of our supporters after nearly two years without in-person events and CFT is proud to have raised more than $21,000 for farmland protection.
“Based on the success, positive feedback, and CFT’s vision, we are excited to make the Race to Slow the Pace an annual tradition at Bokisch Vineyards and even incorporate a 10K and family run in the future,” shared Charlotte Mitchell, executive director at CFT.
We encourage you to keep up with our social media channels and online newsletters for more updates on the race.