Overall, this race was top-notch for me. Yes, it is expensive and the general "complaints" that people have really paled in comparison to the over feel of the race and the beautiful course. Not that I needed more convincing, but Destination Races made me proud to be an Oregonian. Thank you for providing another reason to add to the list. This is who we are and this is what we do. We rule. No whining.Hyla previewed this year's event, but I wanted to touch a little bit on the extras that are possible to attend as well.
On Thursday, August 6, there is a Welcome Reception at Ken Wright Cellars. This is actually the same spot that the race finishes up and home to the VIP post-race fueling. From last year:
…I then hit the VIP area, which was pretty darn awesome. I re-fueled with some shrimp, breakfast burrito, a mimosa and another bottled beer. Yeah – I wasn’t putting my VIP entry to waste. I stood on the grass outside of Ken Wright Cellars and watched as the runners came through the finish line and receive their medals. It was awesome.
This spot was actually built in 1921 constructed in 1921 by Southern Pacific, was one of the most architecturally detailed train stations in Oregon. It has been part of Ken Wright Cellars since 2003 and have a done an incredible job restoring it. There will be wine sampling and appetizers on hand. Tickets can be purchased for $40.
Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm
On Friday, August 7, there is a Pre-Race Dinner at the Allison Inn & Spa. I can honestly say that this is one of the hidden gems in the Valley, if not the entire state. This resort hotel, features perfectly manicured grounds, beautiful building, a top-notch spa, and a fantastically elegant restaurant. I took my wife here for her birthday last October and we were blown away. We are not the most fancy of people, but it was fun to enjoy a fancy night out and staff treated us novices with respect.
For $75, guests will receive a night of food, wine, and guest speakers. Wine will be provided by Natalie’s Estate Winery and room will be limited to 80 people. Matt Dockstader (President of Destination Races) and Alexi Pappas will headline the guest speaking portion.
Cost: $75 per guest
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm
On Saturday, August 8, after the spectacular post-race Wine and Music Festival, there is a secondary celebratory offering at the Gran Moraine. This winery is beautiful and is described as plucked straight out of the Franciscan countryside. There will be light snacks and world-class wine to help recharge your system.
Cost: $40 per guest
Time: 2:00pm- 4:00pm
Whatever you choose, take in this great and beautiful race. Sign up for all the extras here.