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Half Marathon
Stoller Vineyards
Dayton, Oregon
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Recently named by Runners World as the Perfect Half Marathon, this boutique event features small town charm, breathtaking views, a scenic course and Destination Races trademark post-race Wine and Music Festival. Hosted in Yamhill County in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this course starts at magnificent Stoller Family Estate Winery with breathtaking sunrise views of Mt. Hood and continues past vineyards, fruit orchards, and farms into the town of Carlton. Be sure to attend the Race Expo at the Evergreen Aviation Museum and other fun pre and post race activities. A two-person relay is also offered.

Event Start Location
We encourage bringing your friends, family and running partners to spend time and enjoy this beautiful area. Considered the heart of the Willamette Valley, the Yamhill Valley is less then an hour drive from downtown Portland and encompasses multiple wine appellations. The race is staged on Saturday with race activities planned beginning on Thursday in Portland.

Distance: 13.1 miles (point-to-point)
Start Area: Stoller Vineyards 16161 NE McDougall Rd. Dayton, OR 97114
Finish: 120 N. Pine Street The Depot, Carlton, OR 97111

Course Description
This idyllic 13.1-mile course runs through Yamhill Valley, which is in the heart of the Willamette Valley, within four American Viticulture Areas (Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton, Chehalem Mountains, and Ribbon Ridge).
The race starts at Stoller Vineyards and Winery perched on a hill just outside the towns of Lafayette and Dundee. Once out of the gates of Stoller, runners will soon make their way through a small residential section of Lafayette, and then begin a scenic three-mile journey along Abbey Rd. (Can you hear the Beatles playing on your iPod?) The relay transition area is located just beyond the entrance to Abbey Road Farm B&B just after mile 6. From here runners will take a sweeping left onto Hendricks Road and start heading west for two miles.
At mile 8 the course veers left and onto the newly re-routed section of the course for 2012. The course will stay on Hendricks Road for about another 2/3 of a mile before turning left onto NE Mineral Springs Road. Runners will run south on Mineral Springs Road, a beautiful and quiet part of the course. Just after Mile 10, runners will turn right on NE Jernstedt Road where they will begin the 1.6-mile gravel section of the course. A right turn off of Jernstedt and onto NE Old McMinnville Hwy points you back north and towards the town of Carlton. Pass one last aid station just before the pavement resumes. A turn left back onto Hendricks and you are heading to the finish!
The course has some rolling hills, typical for wine country, with a minimum elevation of 171 ft. and a maximum of 302 ft. The course starts at 220 feet elevation and finishes at 187 feet for a net elevation gain/loss of minus 33 feet. There are seven aid stations and medical support on course.

Awards are presented to top 3 M&F finishers in each 5-year age category beginning with 20 and under up to 70 and over.

Top 3 Overall Male & Female
1st Place = $500 Ball Watch, large format bottle of wine and "Winers" decanter trophy
2nd Place = $300 plus magnum of wine
3rd Place = $200 plus magnum of wine
First place Male & Female finishers in the Masters division (must be 40 years or greater on race day) will be awarded a "Winer's" decanter trophy and magnum of wine.

Age Group Awards
Wine is awarded to top 3 male and female finishers in age division every 5 years from 21 to 70 age groups. Awards are determined by the runner's age on race day. Certificates are provided for the under 21 age group.

2-Person Relay awards
Top finishers are awarded in the following categories:
M/M team, F/F team, and Co-ed

Team awards
The fastest team (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more members will receive awards. A team must have a minimum of 5 runners finish the half marathon to qualify as a team

Timing / Results
The race is chip timed to provide accurate and fair results. Runners will receive a chip and gun time in the results. Top 3 overall M&F finishers are based on gun time, all other finisher results will use chip time. Results are posted at the event and online.

Post Race Activities
Wine & Music Festival:
Meet up with your family and friends at the finish line to enjoy the Wine & Music Festival in Carlton. Over a dozen local wineries and tasting booths will be open at the Carlton Wine & Music Festival, sponsored by Ken Wright Cellars! Exhibitors, massage therapists, the awards ceremony, music, product sampling, and more!

Sponsored by Ken Wright Cellars
Included with Runner Registration, $20 for guests
Registered participants (21+) receive a logo wine glass as part of their race entry. Participants may also purchase an extra wine glass for their family or friend (limit 2 additional). Wine glasses with wine tasting may be purchased online with race registration up until 30 days prior to the event ($20 per person - limit 2 glasses) or at the festival ($25). Please bring your ID to claim your glass and bracelet.

Post Race Winery Tours:
Join fellow runners for a post race winery tour of the famed Willamette Valley to sample some of the world's finest Pinot noir and other exquisite varietals. We'll stop at 3 wineries plus enjoy light snacks to help you ease into the bliss of post race happiness.

Date: Sunday September 1st
Location: 3 wineries
Price: $75
Time: 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The climate in the Willamette Valley in early August is typically ideal for a road race. Temperatures during race time (7:00am to 10:30am) average between the mid 50s to mid 60s. The high temperature in the afternoon could range from 65F to 85F. There is very little precipitation in August, although it is recommended that runners bring adequate clothing for a range of temperatures and conditions. There is exposure to the sun on this course so please wear sunscreen.

Parking is not allowed along the race course. We recommend either parking at one of the locations below or being dropped off by car at the start line.

Both parking and athlete drop off is available at Stoller Winery. Roundtrip bus transportation to the race start will be available for runners and spectators

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Average Rating:  
Recent Review: For an inaugural race, it was good.Still some bugs to work out over transportation and getting everyone to the start on time. Need more port-a-potties as lines at start were tooo long. This caused delays in the start time. There were sufficient water tables but did not like the gravel section too much. Was much hillier than I thought from discription but overall a nice race. Weather could not have been better.
Steve Wu
Vancouver, Washington
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