The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is back in 2019 for its 10th anniversary and we have 5 reasons you should be on this year’s starting line! A sunrise start at Stoller Family Estates with Mt. Hood in the rearview, running past overflowing vineyard summer foliage, bleating goats and post-race live music at Ken Wright Cellars in Downtown Carlton, you won’t want to miss this year’s extravaganza!
#1 – The Point to Point Course – Wind through 13.1 miles of scenic countryside as you traverse through the Dundee Hills to Downtown Carlton, passing sprawling vineyards and rustic barns. Runners will experience four American viticultural ecosystems; Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carltlon, Chehalem Mountains, and Ribbon Ridge. The race will begin at Stoller Family Estates, USA Today’s 2019 Best Tasting Room in America. Feeling the mid-race blues? You can pull over for a spot of wine tasting as you prepare for the final miles ahead.
#2 – The Relay – Not quite ready to tackle the 13.1 distance? Grab a pal on your way to registration and sign up for the two-person relay. The two-person relay will hand off at Abby Roads Farm located at the 6.1 mile marker. Last year’s handoff also featured some local goats invigorated by runners passing by and ready to gallop into an all comers race of their own.
#3 – The Post Race Wine Festival – Cross the finish line and fall into the waiting arms of the post-race wine festival. Featuring 25+ local wineries, meander at your own pace through the winery tents filling up your glass as needed as live music kicks up on our awards stage. Access to the wine festival is included in race registration and you will receive a wine glass upon finishing. You can also purchase additional wine glasses for friends and family wanting to join in on the festival celebration. There will also be a few select breweries present to taste.
#4 – 10th Anniversary Celebration – Newly owned and operated by the local Oregon Sports Authority, the Oregon Wine Country Half is celebrating its 10th anniversary in style with a runner’s brunch and a post-race stretch sesh with local partner Barre3. Oh, and there will probably by anniversary cake, but you’ll have to come out to enjoy it.
#5 – Atmosphere – Surrounded by fellow runners and wine enthusiasts from start to finish, you will love the celebratory atmosphere and rewards of a race well run after you cross the finish line.
At the race’s lowest price ever you can sign up now for the half marathon for $98 and $154 for the two-person relay online at www.oregonwinecountryhalf.com and follow us at @orwinehalf for the perfect blend of race and wine content. See you on the starting line!