The past two years, I’ve been unable to run the Stoller Vineyards 5k because I was one of the volunteer RDs for the ORRC Up the Lazy River on Memorial Day. But this year, the Stoller Vineyards 5k has a new date! It was recently changed to Saturday, April 7 and it’s still only $20. Two other great reasons to run this race are that it supports the Dayton HS track and XC programs, and your registration includes a wine tasting at Stoller Vineyards.
That being said … I’m still not going to run this race this year. Instead, I’m going to walk it. I have recruited at least one friend to walk it with me and I’m working on my auntie, my mom, and another friend to join us. Part of me has a little bit of that “I’m missing out” feeling by not running in this race – it would be fun to challenge myself on the hills and see how my recent improved racing stands up to the climbs. But lately I have been thinking it would be a different kind of challenge to try and clock a fastish time without running.
Now, this is different from the (also wonderful) race at Stoller Elementary on April 22nd. This race is at the Stoller Vineyard. It’s not a big race, but you get to run through the vineyard to a high point where you can see for miles in every direction. The climb that marks the first mile gives way to a screaming fast downhill, and then a flat stretch before the last little hill up the winery’s driveway and to the finish line. You can bring strollers on the course (you’ll want an all-terrain one), and dogs on leashes are also welcome as long as you clean up after them. Because dogs.
There is also a kid’s run, which is close to a mile and suitable for kids around ages 6 and up (you know your kids). The kids run is also through the vineyards and has the hill at the finish. The Stoller Family Estate is a great place to bring kids, with wide open spaces for them to run around (because they will quickly get energy again after their race) while you enjoy Stoller wines. Every time I’ve been there for wine tasting, there are a lot of families enjoying the venue and the views.
See you there my friends! Save some wine for me.
Here are the vitals:
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
What time: The 5k starts at 9:45a. Arrive by 9:15 or so to get your bib and use the restroom.
Where: Stoller Family Estates at 16161 NE McDougall Rd in Dayton. It’s just a few minutes off of Highway 99 and very easy to find.
Register: Online here for $20. The kid’s run in $5. There has been DOR registration in the past for a slightly higher rate.
Bonus: Registrants age 21+ with valid ID get a free wine tasting, and all Stoller wines are 20% on race day.