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Overall Rating (44 Reviews)
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(44 Ratings)(44 Reviews)
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The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is truly a hidden gem, offering an experience unique to any of its sister events in the series. Hosted in Yamhill County in the heart of the Willamette Valley, participants rave about the small-town charm, incredible sunrise views, scenic course, great wines, and post-race … MORE
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    + Flat, easy course Wine is served at mile 9 Unlimited wine samples after the race Medal includes corkscrew Tips ~1/2 mile near mile 10 is on rocky asphalt - … MORE

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    Flat, easy course
    Wine is served at mile 9
    Unlimited wine samples after the race
    Medal includes corkscrew

    Tips
    ~1/2 mile near mile 10 is on rocky asphalt – the rest of the course is paved.
    Balance your water:wine intake
    Point to point race
    Arrive early to park, then shuttle

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    brittneyruns6 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a fun event! The course had some hills, but not too bad, and amazing views of wine country. Plus, the wine tasting at the finish was awesome! I’ll … MORE

    This was a fun event! The course had some hills, but not too bad, and amazing views of wine country. Plus, the wine tasting at the finish was awesome! I’ll be doing this race again!

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    cschoonveld1 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a beautiful, scenic run through wine country. If you’re looking for a qualifier, this is usually a fast course. I’ve participated 3 times and will continue to run … MORE

    This is a beautiful, scenic run through wine country. If you’re looking for a qualifier, this is usually a fast course. I’ve participated 3 times and will continue to run this event in the future. Destination Races puts on a great event, very well-organized. If you are looking to run your first half, or you’re a pro, you should do this race. There will be competitors at all performance levels!

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    wendyj62 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I really enjoyed the whole experience, everyone was so helpful. The only thing I think could be improved is the Expo. Not a lot of vendors. But I'm sure that … MORE

    I really enjoyed the whole experience, everyone was so helpful. The only thing I think could be improved is the Expo. Not a lot of vendors. But I’m sure that will get better every year!

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    steveb38 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    We had a great time running through the scenic vineyards and villages of Oregon Wine Country. The run itself was a bit challenging, but not too bad for these Florida … MORE

    We had a great time running through the scenic vineyards and villages of Oregon Wine Country. The run itself was a bit challenging, but not too bad for these Florida flatland runners. The dinner the night before was fun and enjoyable in spite of the heat. The packet pickup at Evergreen was very cool! Two thumbs overall! Loved stopping for a sip of wine along the way too! 🙂

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    Nicholas FIRST-TIMER '17

    The course was a decent run, nothing too difficult. A few hills but mostly smooth road. With that being said, it would have been an even better experience to actually … MORE

    The course was a decent run, nothing too difficult. A few hills but mostly smooth road. With that being said, it would have been an even better experience to actually run through a few vineyards or through some backroads that are more embedded in wine country.

    The biggest gripe I had with the race was the price/value. You really don’t get a whole a lot for the money and the money goes to no charitable cause, so I have a hard time justifying the huge profits Motive Running makes. 100+ dollars for a half marathon, give me a break. Shamrock run which gives out way more food, cliff bloks, etc. is only $75 for the half. Oh and they shutdown half of PDX so a lot of expense there, granted there are a lot more participants! So I just don’t get where all the cost of the event goes. There was no food at the finish line so you just had a bunch of starving, drinking people standing around.

    Overall an OK event but just not much there that makes it worth your money. I think spending 30-40 bucks on wine sampling followed by a self-led run through some backcountry trails would have been a better use of my day.

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    Jodie143JC FIRST-TIMER '17

    I was trying to find a race where I could run with a stroller since my daughter is very young and I'm so glad I found Destination Races because this … MORE

    I was trying to find a race where I could run with a stroller since my daughter is very young and I’m so glad I found Destination Races because this course was beautiful. It was the most beautiful course I’ve ever ran and the best put together race. It beats the Rock N Roll races I’ve ran. Everyone runners and volunteers were so nice and the wine festival at the end was a lot of fun. It’s definitely a place to bring your family to enjoy the city. I can’t wait to run it again.

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    bugbobearbaby REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Heat & rolling hills can get to you as can the short gravel piece, but keep a positive attitude & you will love it. Volunteers & staff are great! MORE

    Heat & rolling hills can get to you as can the short gravel piece, but keep a positive attitude & you will love it. Volunteers & staff are great!

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    vislocky FIRST-TIMER '17

    I just don't think it was worth it. My biggest issue was that there was no food at the finish line-- nothing provided, and nothing available for purchase at the … MORE

    I just don’t think it was worth it.

    My biggest issue was that there was no food at the finish line– nothing provided, and nothing available for purchase at the wine tasting area. Clif, Krave, Nuun were all supposed to be sponsors, but did not receive any products from them. The only recovery food I received was a small bag of Nut Thins and a packet of apple sauce (not sure if I would consider this food). Aside from that, NO FOOD was even available for purchase at the finish line festival area. The only thing was a deli that happened to be adjacent to the festival. Is it even legal to have a wine tasting festival with no food available for purchase? Oh also no food or Gu packs or anything along the race. Just water and Gatorade. The people who handed them out were very nice. But again, Nuun was advertised, but had no presence. I’ve participated in many active events that were much less expensive and received much more food than this, or at least had the option to purchase.

    We purchased the Portland pick up option at Coopers Hall. Yes, PURCHASED pickup for $10 more on top of the nearly $100 fee per participant. When we asked the volunteers about how the relay was divided up/which leg was more challenging, they didn’t know. They admitted they knew nothing about the course.

    I received countless emails from this race leading up to the event, and checked the website multiple times, yet still I could not find information about the shuttle for the second leg relay participants. It may have been there but I think it should have been easier to come by! I was lucky that I caught the shuttle just seconds before it left. Even so, on race day, nobody was directing me towards the bus. There was no signage, that I could see. My friend was the one who texted me and told me where it was (thanks Jimmy!).

    I’m surprised that we have to pay for our photos, even after the large fees to participate in this event ($12 per photo). Furthermore, there are only photos available of myself at the finish line (with no wine country scenery in the background). There isn’t a single photo of my partner in the relay that I can find by searching our shared bib number. Keep in mind, we BOTH paid to run the race. Also, there were many photographers taking photos along the race where you could tell that we were actually in wine country, but I don’t see how to access those.

    My partner and I actually won the mixed relay. I wish there was a medal or something that said that we won. The prize of wine is nice, and the burlap bag it came in is kinda cute, but there’s nothing that says 1st place. It just would have been cool, but that’s our opinion. Oh and at the ceremony, it was mentioned that the wine prizes were DONATED by local wineries… I guess the race organizers only paid for the bag?

    Overall, I just think this event was much too expensive for the experience. Next time I choose to do a race I will try to go through a different company, or do a race that is a fundraiser. I feel like every penny was being pinched out of us– for the pickup of the bibs, for the photos, for the beer at the end of the race (I guess it’s only supposed to be wine, but still, was disappointed to have to shell out more cash).

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    ajsavage REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The scenery was beautiful and it was very well organized. This was my third time doing this race and the only thing I really dislike is the gravel stretch (about … MORE

    The scenery was beautiful and it was very well organized. This was my third time doing this race and the only thing I really dislike is the gravel stretch (about 2 miles). It seemed especially rough this year and I think this is the one thing that would make me pick a different race next time.

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    tarletteh FIRST-TIMER '14

    The course was beautiful and mainly flat. We were able to run through some of the vineyards and all the roads were closed to traffic. I still use the glass … MORE

    The course was beautiful and mainly flat. We were able to run through some of the vineyards and all the roads were closed to traffic. I still use the glass we were given at the finish. I have even dropped it a few times and it hasn’t broken.

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    runninginpink FIRST-TIMER '16

    Good flat course with nice scenery and great volunteers. Great wine tasting but could have been more food. Some runners partaked in too much wine on empty tummy MORE

    Good flat course with nice scenery and great volunteers. Great wine tasting but could have been more food. Some runners partaked in too much wine on empty tummy

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    RunforFun77 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The slight uphill during the finishing leg makes for a tough speedy cross of the finish line! I rated the race swag as average as our t-shirts this year shrank … MORE

    The slight uphill during the finishing leg makes for a tough speedy cross of the finish line! I rated the race swag as average as our t-shirts this year shrank to an unwearable size after the first wash (although this has not been a problem in previous years)!

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    itskylieg FIRST-TIMER '16

    Overall we enjoyed this race very much, it was our first Wine Country run and second half marathon. A few factors made it a difficult race, though. Being from Canada, … MORE

    Overall we enjoyed this race very much, it was our first Wine Country run and second half marathon. A few factors made it a difficult race, though. Being from Canada, we forgot that you guys still use cement roads down there in the states! OH MY JOINTS!! That, paired with the hills, and the banked road made it extremely difficult on the knees so we walked from 7miles on. The wine at the finish line was great, but to be honest a little disappointing. It was a million degrees and literally no shade. There was a small handful of wineries set up in a car park, it would’ve been nice if there were more places to sit.

    Very cool medal, and great wine glass. The T-Shirts were really nice but made from some bamboo crap and shrunk after the first wash 🙁 cold water, delicate settings, hung to dry…

    Next year we are going to enter the Kelowna one here in BC

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    shirleyshaw21 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The race is very fun and point-to-point, so the scenery is always new; meaning, the course is not boring! Then, the finisher medal doubles as a coaster - how perfect … MORE

    The race is very fun and point-to-point, so the scenery is always new; meaning, the course is not boring! Then, the finisher medal doubles as a coaster – how perfect is that? After finishing, the runners stay around for tasting and socializing. It’s so refreshing to participate in an event where everyone doesn’t just rush away after afterwards.

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    linda FIRST-TIMER '16

    great wine glass and samples for wine tasting. need more food to sober up. ice cream was delicious. the run should take place more throughout the vineyard itstelf. scenery is … MORE

    great wine glass and samples for wine tasting. need more food to sober up. ice cream was delicious. the run should take place more throughout the vineyard itstelf. scenery is so green and amazing.

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    marymurray83 FIRST-TIMER '16

    It's easy to miss the wine station on the route! Also the course is pretty hilly. Not as picturesque as I thought it would be. Weather was VERY hot. MORE

    It’s easy to miss the wine station on the route! Also the course is pretty hilly. Not as picturesque as I thought it would be. Weather was VERY hot.

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    jfilar3 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Destination Races Wine Country Half is always a great race! The course is fairly scenic and displays several different types of agricultural and forested areas, and the heat usually doesn't … MORE

    Destination Races Wine Country Half is always a great race! The course is fairly scenic and displays several different types of agricultural and forested areas, and the heat usually doesn’t hit too hard until about the halfway point. Of course, the finish line is always the best – great medals and free wine tastings from some of Oregon’s finest wineries! Add to it the charm of Carlton, the town in which the race ends, and you have a win-win race!

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    Nelsonj747 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Destination Races puts on a very professional show that provides the runners with a superb race atmosphere. The start at Stoller Estates is spectacular and the course is excellent. MORE

    Destination Races puts on a very professional show that provides the runners with a superb race atmosphere. The start at Stoller Estates is spectacular and the course is excellent.

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    mdonabedian FIRST-TIMER '16

    My wife Christine and I experienced running our first ever Destination Events race this past weekend at the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon. As local winemakers and avid distance runners, … MORE

    My wife Christine and I experienced running our first ever Destination Events race this past weekend at the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon. As local winemakers and avid distance runners, this event nicely combined two of our favorite passions.

    First, if you are at all concerned about accommodations and transportation, set your mind at ease because Destination Events has it all dialed in. We stayed at a quaint, local hotel in McMinnville, Oregon and to our delight, the courtesy shuttle service provided by Destination Events to the start line was quick, easy and on time. The course started at Stoller Estates and finished in the rocking wine enclave of Carlton, OR. (After the race and festivities, the shuttle service will either bring you back to the starting line or one of the host hotels. Again, it was easy and convenient for the two of us to return to our hotel after the race and wine tasting fun and festivities.)

    Once we got to the starting area, the crisp morning air and breathtaking view of the sun rising over Stoller Estates vineyards was energizing and inspiring to runners gathering prior to the 7am start of the race. As the temperature warmed up, my favorite part of the race was a two-mile stretch between miles 5-7 with a little bit of well-deserved shade and beautifully sloping vineyards along the right side of the road.

    Having a 13 mile closed course on rolling country roads in beautiful Oregon wine country is worth the entry fee alone, but you really do get so much more. This time of the year is perfect to run comfortably and enjoy the incredible scenery with occasional hills along the course to challenge any runner. There is more than sufficient volunteer support along the course and a well deserved reward waiting for you at the finish line where a multitude of wine and food vendors cater to your indulgences, not to mention the great music entertainment and joyful company of other finishers. I counted over 25 different wine merchants, who poured at least 2-3 different varietals, and was able to taste in my very own commemorative souvenir wine glass. It was nearly impossible to get around to all of them during the festival! Did I mention the finisher’s medal doubles as a wine-glass coaster?

    We visited some of our favorite Oregon wineries and made a few new discoveries and friends as well. In fact, the following day we leisurely strolled through downtown Carlton and stopped at a few wineries that we were introduced to during the post-race festivities. If you’ve ever felt a little rushed or crowded while wine tasting, you won’t find that in Carlton! The neighborly charm and warm hospitality of each wine merchant we visited in Carlton was pleasantly surprising and made us both feel relaxed like we were truly on vacation. This was exactly what we needed after a long run.

    This is a no-brainer. Anybody who wants to take in the beautiful scenery of Willamette Valley wine country during a run needs to take advantage of this event!

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