Race Preview: Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon registration open


Medals at the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
– Photo by Destination Races

Anyone that knows me understands that I am a local brewery junkie. It’s just so hard not to be with delicious malty goodness being created in every corner of the state. Living in the Willamette Valley, it is equally easy to be a wine connoisseur. There are just so many wonderful and beautiful wineries in my backyard, it’s silly to not dive right into the tasting.

One race that I have wanted to do for the past few years is the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, put on by Destination Races. This event has been around since 2010 and is going strong – with its unique and beautiful surrounding area, challenging course, and delicious post-race libations from local wineries. Just ask the nearly 1900 finishers in the 2013 event just how amazing the event was.


Runners at the 2013 Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon.
– Photo by Destination Races

Registration will include:

  • Personalized race bib
  • Tech shirt
  • Virtual Race Bag
  • Riedel Wine Glass and Wine & Music Festival wine tasting

Some unique aspects of this race:

  • Options for 2-person relay team
  • Option for Elite Level division
  • VIP Option
    • Personalized VIP race bibs
    • Express packet pick-up at expo with VIP gift pack
    • Entry into the Wine and Music Festival and Beer Garden
    • Private transportation from the Allison Hotel to race start with coffee and morning energy box
    • Private warm-up and stretching area at start with private restrooms
    • Private bag drop with pick-up at VIP area at finish
    • VIP pass with access to VIP tent at finish line and festival
    • Access to private massage therapists in VIP area at finish
    • Wine glass pickup at VIP tent
    • Complimentary VIP brunch
    • Post-race Private Wine Tour with Food Pairing

oregon-wine-country-half-logoCheck out our recap of the 2013 event, as well as the inaugural event too. Be on the look out for a few Run Oregon previews as the event draws nearer. I highly recommend liking their Facebook page and checking out all the awesome pictures from years passed.

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon (McMinnville)
When: August 31, 2014
Where: Evergreen Aviation Museum
Register: Online here; $105 until 6/30/14; $95 team (6+ registering together); $175 for 2-person relay ;$325 for VIP experience

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.