Saturday, November 16th was a foggy fall morning. I got up ready to run Eola Hills “no hills” 5k. Because the race is less than six miles from my front door, I decided to run to the race as a warm up. I had planned on doing a long run that morning, so this worked perfectly. Two other runners joined me and we arrived warmed up and ready to go. We had plenty of time to check in and get our bibs, get settled and use the restrooms. There were port-a-potties outside and the Winery let us use their nice indoor restrooms as well. There wasn’t a bag check but my friends and I claimed a table and left all of our extra stuff there. It was indoors and totally safe.
The race started on the paved bike path outside of Eola Hills Wine Cellars that runs along Hwy 99. I’ve run on this path a number of times and it’s nice and flat. The course for both the 5 and 10k were out and backs. The 5k simply made one right turn on Orrs Corner and then a left on Riddel Rd. We then did a turn and ran back to were we started. The 10k went farther on Orrs Corner Rd, turning around on Bowersville Rd. The 5k was very flat. The 10k had a small incline or two but it isn’t what I would call a climb. The weather ended up being great that morning, no wind or rain and and pleasant 47 degrees. Both races started right on time. The 10k at 9:00am and the 5k at 9:05. After I got done with my 5k, I waited around for some friends to finish up and then joined them inside Eola Hills Wine Cellars for pizza and drinks. I was happy to have a warm place to go after the race to eat and wait for awards. Eola Hills Winery had tables set up inside for all runners to sit and be warm. The awards ceremony started at 10:30 and were generous. My husband placed 1st in his age group and was given a $20 gift card for Eola Hills Winery, a medal and a cup. I placed 2nd in my age group and was awarded a $15 gift card, medal and cup.
Although I didn’t drive to the event, if you do drive in 2020, note that parking is a half mile away. There is limited parking at the venue. This isn’t a problem for most people but you do want to allow for time to walk or run the to start.
This race is hosted by Willamette Valley Road Runners and all proceeds go to Track and Field and Cross Country programs at Dallas and Central High Schools. The registration fee this year for both the 5 and 10k were $30.00 and that included the pizza, beer, soda, or wine after the event.
This race is very popular and continues to sell out every year. It’s a fun one that is worth putting on your calendar for 2020.
You can follow this event on facebook here.
Race results can be found here.