The 7th Annual North County Wine Run was a half marathon and three-person relay organized by Get Bold Events. The race started at the Rusty Grape Vineyard on a beautiful Saturday September 23rd. It was a beautiful fall morning, perfect for an event. The atmosphere was festive with team costume contests at the starting line. The prize went to the ‘three blind mice.’ They were super cute and tough to catch on the course.
I ran as a two person relay since one of our runners sprained her ankle the day before the race. I got to run the first two legs. The course map showed some good sized hills, but that is to be expected in Portland and SW Washington. Even with hills, there were some speedy runners on the course that morning. The race took us through country roads to the first hand-off at Olequa Cellars and then Heisen House Vineyards, where I handed off to my teammate. I heard there was a good sized hill near the end, but the runners came in with quick times. As we raced, the bus drivers for Get Bold Events did a great job of transporting everyone to where they needed to be, both spectators and participants.
One of the things I thought was great about the event was the mix of half marathon and relay runners. Having relay teams waiting at transition made each of the transition areas a fun place where those waiting could cheer for those running.
The course was well marked and the traffic control was excellent. There were plenty of volunteers and refreshments at transitions, with water, sports drinks, and even wine.
For those that completed the half marathon, the medal was a wine opener and pourer. The medal for the relay teams was also impressive. It consisted of a wine barrel in three sections, held together by magnets that broke apart for each team member. At the finish line there was wine tasting, food, and music. Taking a little time to enjoy the atmosphere after the run is a must.