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Preview: Registration for the Enchanted Forest Wine Run in Grants Pass (An OR Destination Race) opens today

The Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

The Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

Looking for yet another awesome wine run this year? Well the 3rd Annual Enchanted Forest Wine Run looks to be a great ‘destination’ trail race nestled in the Rogue Valley at Wooldridge Creek Winery that focuses  on fun, wine and nature. Shape Magazine listed this race as #3 in wine themed races that you need to check out. I am planning on checking out this hilly race that encourages costumes and promises to challenge and delight you with fun perks along the course!

Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes and gets something if they are dressed in such that could be classified as a costume with fun awards at this race. Each of their half-marathon aid stations also have  something delicious to eat or drink! Enjoy a cold brew coffee at the Noble Coffee’s Enchanted Forest Aid Station. Savor the sweetness at A Gnome’s Chocolate Picnic Aid Station. OR! Have a morale booster with a taste of wine at the final aid station sponsored by  Wooldridge Creek’s Vineyard to bring yourself to the Natura Health Products finish line for a healthy recovery and delightful organic meal if you run the half marathon/

Fairies costumed Runners at the Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

Fairies costumed Runners at the Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

Details:

Race: The Enchanted Forest Wine Run; Half-marathon, 5k, 1/4m kids run

When: September 27, 2014, 11:00a for HM, 12p for 5K (packet pick-up at 10a)

Where: Wooldridge Creek Winery,  818 Slagle Creek Road, Grants Pass, Oregon 97527-9475

Course: This is not a course to PR on, but it is a course that promises gorgeous views of the forest, mountains, and vineyards. They give 3.5 hours to finish the course and  you begin your magical journey weaving through the ripe vineyards . Enjoy varying landscapes on the trails, full of switchbacks and single track trails, from the Enchanted Forest’s epic climbs that showcase old-growth forest blanketed in moss to the creek’s moist bed of ferns, wild flowers, and vines Not going to lie – this is a hilly one – with an elevation height of 2,250 ft..( I hear it is similar to Fueled by Fine Wine in terms of hills) A more detailed (almost mile by mile) description of course here with elevation chart.

Registration: Running/Walking is welcomed if you can finish a 3.5 hour pace finish time.

Race 5/1 – 5/31 6/1 – 7/14 7/15 – 8/31 9/1 – 9/27
Half-Marathon Run $45 $55 $60 $65
5K Run / Walk $25 $30 $35 $40
1/4-Mile Kids Run $5 $5 $5 $5

Registration link: http://www.thewinerun.com/register

Fairy costumed Runners at the Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

Fairy costumed Runners at the Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

Registration includes:  Race, Custom Wine Glass, Glass of Wooldridge Creek Wine, ,Custom Bib, and the Half Marathon also includes a medal and an organic meal by Fulcrum dining (T-Shirts available for purchase). Also free photos and an after party with live music (las year had a bluegrass band)

Check out this recent April 28th, 2014 blog that tells a little more about the race.

Follow them on Facebook

Questions? Email thewinerun@gmail.com

 

This looks like a unique race with some of the best elements of running! Nature, beautiful views, costumes, trails, unique aid stations and more. They even offer camping at the winery the night before, or a late race start for those coming from out-of-town! Be sure to check this wine themed race out, I am sure you will not be sorry. Oh by the way – registration opens today!

 

A new mom enjoyes her first 5K (Long Run Photos)

A new mom enjoyes her first 5K (Long Run Photos)

Costumed Runners at the Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

Costumed Runners at the Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

Costumed Runners at the Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

Costumed Race Directors at the Enchanted Forest Wine Run (Long Run Photos)

 

 

About Maryalicia Verdecchia (84 Articles)
I am a mother, wife, and a sister who loves to run. Especially with my family if it's possible. I am a "Social Suzy' who tries to go to as many events and races as possible. Running is preferred, but I do volunteer when I can. When I am not running, you may find me wine tasting, traveling, or spending time with my family. I am proud to be part of the Run Oregon Team! If you see me, say 'Hi!'

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