Our good friends at Gorgeous Series are just a month away (July 16, 2017) from the inaugural Gorgeous Wine Country Relay, a 47+ mile course through at least 8 different Willamette Valley Wineries. Teams of up to 6 will run their hearts out and follow that up with wine tasting to celebrate their accomplishment afterwards. We recommend you get yourself a team (or partner) together and tackle this course. You definitely won’t ever regret a Gorgeous Series event.
Course: The course will definitely be unique and varied dependent on the legs. However, as is the case with almost all winery races, there will be elevation climbs in store. Legs will range between 2.7 and 5.4 miles – super manageable distances for all skill levels. However, we recommend checking the elevation charts to determine where the major hills come into play.
Obviously, the Willamette Valley is world-renowned for its wineries. And runners will get to experience a handful along their trek. I personally know from running in the area before, that these wineries and tasting rooms are amazing and are ripe for a return when you aren’t smelling like sweat. Here is the list of vineyards along the course:
- Knudsen Vineyards
- Torii Mor Winery
- The Four Graces
- Colene Clemens Vineyards
- Saffron Fields Vineyard
- Monks Gate Vineyard
- Stoller Family Estate
- Finish Event at The Carlton Winemakers Studio
As with all relays, one-day or otherwise, a team captain will need to be selected. There is a mandatory meeting on June 25th to pick up bibs and get the latest race details (445 pm at Foot Traffic West Side). This date is also the cutoff for supplying a volunteer. I can’t imagine it would be too difficult to find someone willing to help out in exchange for drinking wine afterwards, but a limited number of teams can sponsor a volunteer for $100, which goes to Yamhill Carlton Together Cares, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs for local youth and families in the communities of Carlton and Yamhill..
It’s always awesome to be part of a inaugural event, so get to registering ASAP!
- 5-6 Runners = $630
- 3-4 Runners = $420
- 2 Runners = $210
- Solo – $105