Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
Meet Oregon’s Wine Country. People around the world have fallen in love with its premier pinot noir, and once you’re here it’s hard not to fall in love with the place too. Here you’ll find that communities are tight-knit, talented, and creative. While the country roads are quiet, the sweeping vistas, pods of old growth forest, and surrounding mountains standing tall speak volumes, especially in the early morning glow. Lush vineyards and charming farms are tended by families old and new who still take a handcrafted approach to growing the best grapes and freshest foods, and challenge themselves to do it a little differently, just as Oregonians always have.
The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is a celebration of the spirit here- that spirit of community, craft, exploration, and of course, the World’s Best Pinot Noir. So, whether it’s the place you love to call home or a place you’d love to get to know, come raise a glass with us to Oregon Wine Country.
The point to point 13.1 mile course from Dundee Hills to Downtown Carlton provides a stunning tour of the region and ends with a warm celebration at the Finish Line Wine and Music Festival presented by Ken Wright Cellars and featuring 20+ local winemakers!
Feature Weekend Events
Portland Early Packet Pick Up
Carlton Packet Pick and Expo
Half Marathon Race
2 Person 13.1 Relay Race
5k Run & Walk
Finish Line Wine and Music Festival Presented by Ken Wright Cellars
*LOCAL'S DISCOUNT- Receive $10 off the individual half marathon entry if your zip code falls within Yamhill County. To activate the discount, simply enter your zip code into the Promo Code Box on the registration page. Zip code entered must match zip code used in the participant's mailing/billing address to receive the discount.
**The Oregon Sports Authority is committed to providing affordable race registration options to all runners. We encourage you to contact us by email at OWCHM@oregonsports.org if the entry fee is cost prohibitive under your current circumstances. We have reserved a limited number of low-cost race entries and will reply with further details.
All race prices include technical race shirt, finisher's medal, wine glass + entry into the Wine and Music Festival!
If the half marathon isn't your flavor, try our newest varietal- the 5k Run and Wine Walk! The 5k is an out and back course starting and finishing in downtown Carlton at Ken Wright Cellars (at the Half Marathon and 2-Person Relay Finish Line). Start time at 8am. Runners and walkers encouraged. Price includes technical race shirt, finisher's medal, wine glass + entry into the Wine and Music Festival!
The half marathon is a point-to-point course beginning at Stoller Family Estate, and finishing in Downtown Carlton. Start time at 7:00am. Designated event parking is available at either the start or finish area, and shuttle bus transportation will be available between both parking locations before and after the race. Price includes technical race shirt, finisher's medal, wine glass + entry into the Wine and Music Festival! We have 3 results/awards categories- OPEN (awards for top 6 overall under age 39 and top 6 overall over age 39 across any gender category), FEMALE ( top 3 overall who identified as female and top 3 who identified as female in each age group), and MALE (top 3 overall who identified as male and top 3 who identified as male in each age group).
The 2-Person Relay team is registered in a single transaction, please have your partner’s full name, address, phone, number, and t-shirt size. Once you enter your information, click "register another participant" and add your partner's information before checking out. The 2-Person Relay team allows two runners to split the 13.1-mile distance. Start time at 7:00am, with the half marathon individual participants. The first section of the course is 6.1 miles and the second is 7.0 miles. Your 2-person team must be able to complete the 13.1-mile course in 3 hr 30 min. Any combination of genders and ages may compete together as a relay team. Relay teams will be scored in either All Male, All Female, or Open (co-ed/non-gender specific) divisions. Price includes technical race shirt, finisher's medal, wine glass + entry into the Wine and Music Festival for both relay members!
Team Captains ONLY register here. Price includes technical race shirt, finisher's medal, wine glass + entry into the Wine and Music Festival!
YOU MUST KNOW THE TEAM NAME SET BY YOUR TEAM CAPTAIN TO JOIN YOUR TEAM. Half marathon team registration is for groups of 6 or more runners who would like to participate in the team scoring category. All team members run the entire half marathon course. Any combination of genders and ages may compete as a team. The top 5 times from each team will be combined to get the total team time. Times are age and gender handicapped based on the standard USATF handicap system. Teams representing a winery will also be entered into the Winery Cup Challenge- a team competition between all winery teams for local bragging rights! Teams MUST have a minimum of 6 members to qualify as a team and receive the $10 entry fee discount. Teams that do not reach the minimum number of runners will be charged an additional $10 (per runner) and moved to the individual category. Price includes technical race shirt, finisher's medal, wine glass + entry into the Wine and Music Festival!
To be considered for an elite athlete entry (race cost comped), please send a resume to OWCHM@oregonsports.org including your first name, last name, age, email, and phone number as well as your PRs, recent results, notable accomplishments, hometown/college, and a photo if possible.
Please note that elites are required to submit their entries 7 days prior to the event. In-person Expo and Race Day elite sign-ups are not permitted.
Elite Qualifications-Half Marathon PR within 3 years
Under 1:18 – Elite A
1:18-1:23 – Elite B
1:28 and under – Elite Masters(age 40+)
Under 1:10 – Elite A
1:10-1:14 – Elite B
1:19 and under – Elite Masters(age 40+)
Half Marathon and 2-Person Relay Course
7:00am start at Stoller Family Estate
From your first glimpse of the starting line, illuminated by a golden sunrise over Mt. Hood, to your first delicious sip of fine wine after the finish line, you’ll find the Oregon Wine Country Half is something special. Sometimes the best things in life are off the beaten path. The scenic point-to-point course explores the heart of the Willamette Valley in Yamhill County, winding past a cluster of four American Viticulture Areas (Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton, Chehalem Mountains, and Ribbon Ridge). The race starts at Stoller Family Estate, a picturesque hill-top vineyard perched above the towns of Lafayette and Dundee and featuring Mt. Hood views. Beyond Stoller, the course takes quiet paved country roads lined with vineyards and orchards, and into a residential section of the town of Lafayette. Runners leave behind Lafayette and follow Abbey Road for 3 miles of scenic vineyard and farm landscapes. Just beyond mile 6 the course passes Abbey Road Farm B&B and the relay transition location. From here runners follow the gently rolling terrain of Hendricks Road through a nicely shaded tree canopy and on to an optional wine sip stop at mile 8 provided by our friends at Lemelson Winery. After mile 8 the course transitions to Mineral Springs Road for 2 miles. Just past mile 10 runners will pass a rocking on-course band and then make a right onto NE Jernsted Road for a 1.6 mile section of gravel road through farmlands (the only non-paved section of the course). Runner turn right onto NE Old McMinnville Highway where the pavement resumes. With a half mile to go runners make the final turn onto Main Street and continue into downtown Carlton where a friendly crowd cheers the field all the way down the final stretch and through the finish line. Here, hydrate and have a bite at the post race refueling tent, then grab a glass and celebrate with your family and friends at the Finish Line Wine and Music Festival presented by Ken Wright Cellars, featuring complimentary tastings from 20 plus premier local wineries.
2 person relay teams will run on the same course, with the exchange point located at mile 6.1 at Abbey Road Farms.
This is a point-to-point course. Designated event parking is available at either the start or finish area, and shuttle bus transportation will be available between both parking locations before and after the race. Gear Check will be available at the starting line and relay transition point and all checked gear will be transported to the finish line. Checked gear must be claimed at the finish line.
To enter the half marathon you must be able to finish the course in 3 hours and 30 minutes and keep a 16:00/mile pace or better. Casual walkers are not permitted in the half marathon due to this time limit. 2 person relay teams must also be able to finish the course in a cumulative time of 3 hours and 30 minutes. If you cannot keep the required pace on course, you will not be guaranteed course supervision by law enforcement and volunteers. Transportation to the finish area for non-finishers without medical problems will be provided via the SAG vehicle. In the event you cannot finish the race, or fall behind the 16 min/mile pace, please make your way to the nearest aid station and ask for SAG assistance. The SAG vehicle will be following the final runner/walker and pick up at each aid station.
Seven aid stations and one wine stop will be placed on-course between the start and finish areas. Local non-profits and school sports teams host these stations. They are placed on-course at key locations and intervals approximately 1.5 miles apart. Water will be offered at each aid station and an electrolyte sports drink will be provided at every other aid station.
5k Run and Walk Course
8:00am start at Ken Wright Cellars
Our festive and scenic 5k Run/Walk will start and finish at Ken Wright Cellars in downtown Carlton, offering a fast course with just the right amount of country charm. The out-and-back route heads east on Main Street and then onto Hendricks Road, as the roadside view transforms into rich farmland and vineyard-laden hillsides. Runners and walkers will get a burst of energy from a live band performing as they approach Johnson Road, and might even get to high five a few of the fastest half marathon finishers running by. Shorty up the gravel road, a rustic old country barn serves as the 5k turnaround point.
The race is chip timed to provide accurate and fair results for runners. Runners will receive a chip and gun time in the results. Top 3 overall finishers are based on gun time, all other finisher results use chip time results. The timing chips are disposable and do not need to be returned.
Top 3 Overall Male, Female, and Open Divisions
1st Place-$500 plus magnum of wine
2nd Place-$300 plus magnum of wine
3rd Place-$200 plus magnum of wine
Men’s, Women’s, and Open Masters champions (40+) will also be awarded a magnum of wine.
Age Group Awards
Wine is awarded to top 3 male, female, and open finishers in age divisions spanning every 10 years from 21 to 70+ age groups. Awards are determined by the runner’s age on race day. Gift certificates are provided for the under 21-age group instead of wine.
The fastest top 2 half marathon teams (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more members will receive awards. A team must have a minimum of 6 runners finish the half marathon as individuals to qualify as a team.
Winery Cup Challenge
Open to teams of participating wineries, the Winery Challenge Trophy is awarded to the fastest Winery team (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more runners who finish the half marathon as individuals.
2-Person Relay Awards
Top finishers are awarded in the following categories, M/M team, F/F team, & Co-ed/Open.
The Half Marathon and 2-Person Relay is a point-to-point course starting at Stoller Family Estate and finishing in the town of Carlton. Parking and driving along the course is not permitted. Designated event parking lots are available near the start (Stoller Family Estate) or the finish (N. Kutch and W. Monroe in Carlton). Free bus transportation is provided between the start, finish, and relay transition area for runners and spectators. A runner drop-off area is also available at Stoller for vehicles wishing to drop off a runner and continue driving to the finish line rather than parking.
For relay participants, Relay runner #2 will need to take a designated shuttle bus to the exchange zone, and Relay runner #1 will need to take a designated relay transition shuttle bus to the finish festival after finishing their leg.
For shuttle bus schedule and further transportation details please visit the event website.
the 5k is and out and back course starting and ending in downtown Carlton at Ken Wright Cellars. Parking at the designated finish line parking lot (N. Kutch and W. Monroe in Carlton) is recommended.
The finish line wine and music festival will feature complimentary wine tastings for race participants from 20+ local wineries; additional beer, food, and merchandise available for purchase; and live music performed by a popular local artist. Spectators may participate in wine tastings by purchasing a guest glass for $20. Pre-purchase guest glasses for your friends and family in registration extras. Guest glasses will also be available for sale at the event while supplies last.
You will select your desired packet pick-up option during the registration process:
Standard Packet Pick Up- FREE
Time: Saturday 8/31, 10am-3pm
Location: Ken Wright Cellars, Carlton
We recommended that you pick up your race packet at the Race Expo which is FREE and open to the public. At the Race Expo you will receive your bib, timing chip, shirt and other race information. Exhibitor booths, sampling, merchandise sales, seminars, wine tasting and other events are held at the Race Expo.
Portland Early Packet Pick Up-$10.00
Time: Thursday 8/29, 5-8pm
Location Downtown Portland Foot Traffic Store
The Early Packet Pickup service is provided for those runners living or staying in or near Portland that prefer to receive their packets early and not drive to the expo location.
Morning-Of Packet Pick Up-$15.00
Time: Sunday 9/1 -5:30am-6:30am at Stoller Family Estate for Half Marathon/2 Person Relay
Sunday 9/1 5:30am-7:30am at Ken Wright Cellars for 5k Only
For runners unable to attend the race Expo or the early packet pickup in Portland, this is the final chance to get your race bib. Pick up at the Solutions Table near the Stoller Tasting Room at the main start line area if participating in the Half Marathon or 2-Person Relay. Pick up outside Ken Wright Cellars at the 5k start line area if participating in the 5k. You will need to pick up your t-shirt after the race at the finish line merchandise tent by showing your bib number. Please plan to arrive to the start at least 45 minutes prior to race start if using the Morning-Of Packet Pick Up.