There are those runners who love races that have hills mixed in them. There there are the sane runners who just want to run flat and straight. With a business name like Eola Hills Wine Cellars, one would think to expect a race at their location to be full of elevation changes. However, that is a little misleading, as the November 12th race, put on by the Willamette Valley Road Runners is called the Eola Hills Wine Cellars "No Hills" Harvest 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk.
Check out a recap of a past event here. The out-and-back 10k starts in the parking lot and heads south on the well paved bike path that runs along side Highway 99W. I love to run in this area, as this path is well maintained, super straight, and goes on for miles (it actually goes all the way to Monmouth and is a great place to get a lot of flat mileage with good views). Once runners hit Orrs Corner Road, they will take a right to head West and cross the railroad tracks. One large curve will place runners onto Bowersville Road and near the turnaround point, just past the steel bridge. The 5k will be primarily the same, but feature a turnaround point just south on Riddell Road (off of Orrs Corner).
The pretty wine room at Eola Hills Winery. – Photo by Angela Keith
While there may be no hills, there is the risk of wet and stormy weather (it is November after all). But fear not, at least you will only be running it, as the pre and post race activities have been inside the warm and cozy confines of the winery itself. After your run, refuel with delicious Mid-Valley wine (along with beer, soda, and water – but come on…the obvious choice is wine). The fee will also include a slice of on-site made pizza.
Proceeds from the run will be shared by the Track & Field and Cross Country programs at Dallas and Central High Schools. This race typically sells out, so register ASAP!
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.