I’m not the sort of runner who likes to do the same races over and over with the exception of a few that have become a tradition. I guess it’s the “been there, done that”attitude and my dislike for always knowing what’s coming rather than truly enjoying the journey of the unknown. That being said, I’ve done the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon twice and am planning to run it again on September 3rd, despite a heavy race schedule this season. If you are a runner and you’ve never done this race, I would strongly suggest you give this one a try, because it’s one of my personal favorites. Choose your own adventure, as there is a half marathon, a team relay, and a 2-person relay available to you. There are also two FREE kid’s race options (.5 mile and 1.3 mile) the day before the other races, (so, September 2nd) at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. All kids who complete their race will get a finisher’s ribbon.
If it’s scenery you are after, you will get it on this course which is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley. You’ll start this race at the stunning Stoller Family Estate in Dayton. It’s a point to point course, so you will finish in Carlton, OR. You have the option of parking at the start or the finish line, and there will be free bus transportation to the start from the finish location on North Kutch Street in Carlton. Please plan to arrive early. If the last bus is full, you will have to drive to the start location, and space on the buses is not guaranteed. There is also the option of a charter bus from downtown Portland from the Hotel Modera for an additional $35. Please register for any of these transportation options in advance.
The transition area for the 2-Person Relay is at mile 6.1 just beyond Abbey Road Farms. Buses are provided at both Carlton and Stoller to take runners to the relay area, and there is no driving or parking allowed on the course route.
If you want to do the Team Relay, you must have at least 6 people on your team to get the discounted price (otherwise you must pay the individual rate.) Your team can consist of any combination of male and female runners and you can have a max of 20 runners per team.
Did I mention that part of participating in the Wine Country Half Marathon means you will get to drink some delicious wine also? If you didn’t make it to the pre-race dinner at Left Coast Cellars the night before the race, make sure you make it to the Wine & Music Festival at Ken Wright Cellars in Downtown Carlton after the race from 9:30AM-12:00PM. There will be over 20 wineries and Lagunitas Brewing Company there to provide you some refreshment along with some live music. Don’t forget your ID! Relax, you’ve earned it!
I’m looking forward to running this race again this year and I hope you make it a race you’ll want to repeat again too!
When: September 3rd, 2017, 7:00AM
Where: Stoller Family Estate, 16161 NE McDougall Road, Dayton
Registration Cost: $115 for individual, $105 per person for Team Relay, $180 per team for 2-Person Relay, VIP Experience $275, $0 for Kids Races. Enter code “baby boot camp” at checkout for a $10 discount!
Packet Pick-Up: Early pick-up available for $10 on Sept 1st at Cooper’s Hall (404 SE 6th Ave, Portland) from 4:00PM-7:45PM. Free pick-up on Sept 2nd at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville) from 11:00AM-5:00PM. Race day pick-up available for $15 on September 3rd at Stoller Family Estate Tasting Room from 5:30AM-6:30AM.