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Race Preview: 2020 Run for the Oaks 5k/10k (Left Coast Estate in Rickreall)

We haven’t been able to feature too many races lately, so we are happy to announce that the Run for the Oaks 5k & 10k is currently scheduled to take place on August 29th at the Left Coast Estate in Rickreall. Like everything nowadays, there are modifications made to ensure safety, and here is the race’s current plan:

RUN FOR THE OAKS IS ADOPTING A NEW STRUCTURE THIS YEAR TO PRIORITIZE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PARTICIPANTS AND EMPLOYEES. THE 10K/5K RUN AND 5K WALK WILL BE SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO MAXIMIZE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND EACH EVENT WILL BE CAPPED AT 50 PARTICIPANTS. EACH RACE WILL HAVE MULTIPLE START TIMES SO THAT GROUPS OF 10 WILL LEAVE THE START LINE EVERY 15 MINUTES. WE ARE ALSO ADDING VIRTUAL 5K AND 10K RACE OPTIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS. SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE EXPECTED ON THE COURSE AND MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE START AND FINISH LINE.

This really is a beautiful course (10k map here and 5k here), and considering the above precautions, coupled with a lot of open land on the property, things should be relatively well spaced out. It will be predominantly run on rolling gravel roads or trails, but also a few shorter paved segments as well. Left Coast is a gem of the Willamette Valley winery scene, with an unpretentious location tucked up nicely in it’s own corner of some hills with some great landscaping and delicious wines. The namesake of the race is their old growth oak savannas and the restoration project they continue to develop and grow.

We last attended this race in it’s inaugural year in 2016 and had this to say:

Left Coast Cellars is not one of those giant, state of the art wineries that we see littered throughout the hills. It’s still amazing, but it almost reminds me of a down-to-earth location and a comfortable place you would just want to hang out. It’s hard to really do justice to the grounds and the views, so I will just toss a few pictures here (which are nice – but still doesn’t really capture the awesomeness).

After the race, there is plenty of space to safely spread out and relax. The tasting room will open at 9:00 AM for light fare, wood-fired pizzas and discounted bottle purchases for race participants. The winery/race is also partnering with the awesome Independence Hotel (which we have talked about here), and all registered runners will also be sent a promo code for a discounted room rate for race weekend!

Hope to see you out there!

When: August 29th, 2020 (see starting times below)

Where: Left Coast Estate     4225 Pacific Hwy W, Rickreall, OR, 97371

Register: Online here;

  • 10K Trail Run
    • $55 ($65 after 7/31)
    • Start times from 7:30-8:30 AM
  • 5K Trail Run
    • $45 ($55 after 7/31)
    • Start times from 9:30-10:30 AM
  • 5K Trail Walk
    • $45 ($55 after 7/31)
    • Start times from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • 5K & 10K Virtual Races
    • $40 (5K), $50 (10K)
    • Virtual results can be submitted from 8/22 to 8/29

*Entry includes race logo Patagonia T-shirts , hydration stations, GoVino wine glass, glass of wine after the run, awards and professional chip timing.

About Matt Rasmussen (1533 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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