Race Preview: 2017 Fueled By Fine Wine Half Marathon (Dundee)

“You won’t run your best time – but you’ll have the BEST time!”

We all know what this quote, made by race architect and Fueled by Fine Wine president Chris Nagy means  – prepare for some hills. But generally with hills comes a beautiful view and this event is no exception. One of the best things about this race is the constantly evolving course. Since the race features the Dundee Hills AVA, each year the event modifies the route to get to as many as possible. They haven’t published the 2017 course map yet, but it should be ready in short order.

Regardless of what it is, participants will be treated to running among some of Oregon’s most famous wineries and the terrain will be somewhat varied: rolling country roads, gravel roads, and vineyard trails. Be prepared to get a little dirty. Matt ran this event last year and had this to say:

My favorite thing about Fueled by Fine Wine is the ever changing and rotating race courses. As the race is supported by the Dundee Hills AVA, a combination of 25 wineries, and 6940 acres with 1300 acres planted with grapes. The only way to get to experience all of these beautiful locations is to rotate the course each year.

The morning views were incredible at Stoller Estate (as they typically are), and it was a perfect backdrop for a race start. Runners lined up on a thin road, but the quick downhill start allowed faster runners to cruise ahead and things spaced out pretty quick – at least up front. In fact, the downhill continued essentially for the first 1+ miles. This was terrifying. Because, in FBFW racing, there is an inverse of the popular saying and what goes DOWN must come UP. And up it came.

I was so impressed with the race course. Sure it was a challenge, but it really made for a great story and I feel tougher for having powered through it. The support on the course, like always, was impeccable.

It’s amazing how a well-organized event, unique and challenging course, and a fun post-race experience can really leave a lasting imprint on your race running memory. I have no doubts that this will continue for years to come, and it is certainly a race that everyone should check out.

That’s Run Oregon blogger, Brian Bernier!

There will be approximately six aid stations along the course, featuring both water and electrolyte drinks. Per usual, there is a fabulous post-race celebration, which will feature world-class fine wines from 20+ wineries! Admission is free for all registered runners (your ticket will be on your race bib) and if you have friends or family who are 21+ who want to join, you can buy admission for them as well for $25 (limit 2 guests per runner).

Walkers are welcome (but have a cutoff time of 3 hours 30 minutes), but sorry, no strollers or dogs.

This event is limited to only 1,200 runners, so register here to get in on it! I’m looking forward to running this event – I hope to see you there!


When: Sunday, July 9th
Time: 7:00 AM sharp!
Where: Dundee, OR | Billick Park (320 SW 5th St)
Price: $85
Registration Includes: Pre and post race festivities, ~6 aid stations, a tech tee, race medals, chip timing by AA Sports, professional race photography, a 24 oz Pinot Noir wine glass, gear check, and admission to the post-race celebration.

Packet pickup will be available on race day beginning at 5:30 am. See this link for more details about Friday and Saturday packet pickup times/locations.

Keep up to date on all things Fueled By Fine Wine on their Facebook page!

About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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