Whether you love relays or would love to start loving relays, a Gorgeous Relay will be a memorable one, and even more so out in Yamhill County. The 2018 Gorgeous Wine Country Relay will be on July 15th this year, and this is one of my personal favorite races.
The relay will begin in Dundee at Argyle Winery and you’ll get to tour some stunning vineyards and wineries along the scenic Willamette Valley and even get to taste a few wines if you’re feeling brave enough to sip and run.
The course is about 48 miles long and there are 12 legs of the race (mostly at wineries) which can be divided among your team depending on how many runners you have. If you’re up to a real challenge, you could even run the whole course yourself, which will not be an easy feat with all those rolling hills out in Wine Country. At the end of the relay, you can celebrate with a wine tasting party at The Carlton Winemakers Studio. You’ll get a medal, a free wine tasting, and a wine glass for all your hard work! It will truly be an amazing journey.
Get your registration in by June 24th to guarantee your t-shirt size and you’ll want to get your volunteer info, waivers, and teams average 10k time in at that time too. Each team will need to provide one volunteer for this race and they will have a great time out there too!! Start times will be emailed to team captains on 6/25, as this relay will start in waves to avoid too much congestion.
July 8th will be the Captains Meeting as well as Packet Pick-up and it will be at Foot Traffic West Side from 4:00PM-5:30PM. Stay and shop for some new gear, as the store is offering a 10% discount while you’re there. All volunteer info, waivers, and 10k times will need to be submitted by this meeting date in order to get your packet, which consists of bibs, t-shirts, and all the information needed for race day.
Teams must average an 11:30 minute mile overall. As mentioned previously, all teams must have one volunteer for race day and you have the option of sponsoring a volunteer for the Gorgeous nonprofit partner Yamhill Carlton Together Cares if you don’t have one of your own you’d like to recruit. Read more about this on the Volunteer page. l Teams also must provide their own vans, and only one van per team. No motor homes or vehicles longer than 20 feet will be allowed. Many of the exchanges are not exactly enormous, so please be considerate.
Runners will began in waves starting at 7:00AM and they will be in for a treat! The list of wineries from the 2017 relay include: Knudsen Vineyards, Torii Mor Winery, The Four Graces, Colene Clemens Vineyards, Saffron Fields Vineyard, Monks Gate Vineyard, and Stoller Family Estate. Check out the course and legs here.
I personally loved the beauty of the relay experience last year and I also appreciated that it wasn’t as crowded as many relays are today. The race organizers are some of the nicest, most down-to-earth people ever and I love supporting their races, as they are always top notch and well planned. If you’ve never done a gorgeous relay, make the Gorgeous Wine Country Relay your first!!
When: Sunday, July 15th, 2018. Waves start at 7:00AM.
Registration Cost: $660 for Regular Team (5-6 runners,) $440 for Extra Credit (3-4 runners,) $220 for Dynamic Duo (2 runners,) and $110 for Hard Core (1 runner.) There is also a Gorgeous Runner Rewards program, so the more Gorgeous Races you do, the bigger the discount. Check out the registration page for more details.
Packet Pick-Up/Captain’s Meeting: Sunday July 8th from 4:00PM-5:30PM at Foot Traffic West Side (13306 NW Cornell Rd.) Teams must have submitted volunteer info and waivers to get packets.