One of my favorite events from last year just happened to be an inaugural race – the Run for the Oaks, which takes place at Left Coast Cellars in Rickreall (approximately 20 minutes west of Salem). I personally reside in a wine-rich region, but haven’t had as much time to sample wines and do tastings around the area. This race seemed like a perfect opportunity to both do this AND get a race in as well. I was floored with the result. Here is just a snippet of my review from last year:
Left Coast Cellars is not one of those giant, state of the art wineries that we see littered throughout the hills. It’s still amazing, but it almost reminds me of a down-to-earth location and a comfortable place you would just want to hang out.
The race has been changed to a 10k (getting rid of the 8k) and will still feature a 5k as well. Expect a challenging course with varied terrains and climbs (it is a winery after all). While the course maps are still pending, they have informed us that they have some new property that is in the process of being converted to vineyards (previously grass seed), and that 10k runners will get to enjoy. Given that the event raises money for their Oak Savanna Restoration Project at the winery, this year’s course will run through some of the areas that make-up this project so that runners can literally see where their money is going.
Runners will receive a Patagonia race shirt and GoVino wine glass to accompany wine tasting afterwards.
As I mentioned before, the proceeds go to Left Coast Cellars Oak Savanna Restoration Project. Here is more about that in their own words:
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.