Inaugural events are always tough to preview. The first annual Run for the Oaks, which is taking place in Rickreall (15-20 minutes west of Salem), seems to have a lot of really exciting stuff going for it.
The courses (8k here and 5k here) will be trail in nature, with a variety of terrains – paved,, gravel, as well as trails through Left Coast Cellars vineyards, gardens, and oak-laden forests and paved trails. While the race is relatively pricy (Approx. $50), there is A LOT included:
- Wine tasting afterwards
- Patagonia Capilene T-Shirts
- GoVino wine glass
- Post-race music, awards, and snacks (full BBQ and Pizza available for small fee)!
Plus, you also get to run in this beautiful atmosphere:
In addition, the money is going to a solid cause. Proceeds will go towards the Left Coast Cellars Oak Savanna Restoration Project. Here is a little bit about that:
Left Coast Cellars has over 100 acres of ecological compensation areas and 70 acres of old growth oak forest. Through time the forest has become populated with invasive species and our goal is to restore the forest to a native oak savanna. We have partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They will provide the technical expertise for the restoration as well as help us to match any funds we are able to raise ourselves with Federal and State grants. The forest will be a permanent wildlife refuge in the center of our estate and create habitat for native plants, wildlife, birds, and insects as well as improving the watershed.
Follow the race event on Facebook here and use code RunForWine to save $5. There will be packet pick-up at Foot Traffic SE in Portland, so you won’t have to make the trip more than once.