Running and Wine: A Run Oregon preview of the inaugural Gorgeous Wine Country One-Day Relay

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:

Other Details:

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!

Gorgeous Wine Country Relay
When: July 16, 2017; Waves beginning at 7am
Where: Dundee to Carlton
Register: Online here;

  • 5-6 Runners = $630
  • 3-4 Runners = $420
  • 2 Runners = $210
  • Solo – $105

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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