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Enchanted Forest Wine Run
Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Grants Pass, OR
About This Activity
The Enchanted Forest Wine Run is a half marathon, a 5K run/walk, and a kids run! This is an event that you will not want to miss! A day of fun on the trails to lighten anyone's mood and remind each of us that running is meant to be fun! Combine wine, costumes, amazing trails and an awesome after party and you've got the Enchanted Forest Wine Run!
Half Marathon Run
The first 3 miles lead you cross-country style around Wooldridge Creek Winery. Leaving the winery, you travel a paved road (.5 mi) with views of the surrounding valleys. Then you will be in the Enchanted Forest, and enjoying switch backs and a little climbing, while weaving through the forest on beautiful single track. Next you will run along Slagle Creek’s lush greenery of ferns, vines and old-growth maples. This will lead you up to the next aid station, where mythical creatures will be ready to give you energy and send you on your way (mile 7). After the first loop and back to the aid station (mile 9) you will go through more of what the Enchanted Forest has to offer. Borderline trail brings you back to the Twilight Gardens and swings you around to the Felton trail, which is your ticket back to the celebration that awaits. Just one more section down the road and pass one more aid station (mile 12) and then it's back to the winery where the crowds will be cheering you in!
This 5k run/walk is the perfect tour of Wooldridge Creek Winery. It starts on a gravel road, which leads you to single track on your way to circumnavigating the entire winery! You weave cross-country style around rows and rows of some of the tastiest grapes in Southern Oregon (don’t worry you’ll be able to taste them, as both yummy grapes and wine later in the run). After you’ve toured the northern side of the winery, you’ll come back and see the southern half before you cross the finish line. Make sure to take in all of the beautiful views of both neighboring vineyards and valleys!
Both races finish with you flying through the last rows of Gewurztraminer where you will be ready to slip off your shoes, put up your feet and enjoy some tasty wine and music soaking in the sun and taking in the vast views at Wooldridge Creek Winery!
The Wine Run Team
Every member of our Wine Run Team has a predisposition for fun! Collectively, we are inspired by nature: drawn toward lacing up our shoes and hitting the trails to get the best views and see what the world has to offer. Race Director Timothy Olson has taken that love further than most as a world renowned ultra runner. After traveling the globe running - and winning- races, he and his wife Krista decided that they wanted to highlight the beauty of Southern Oregon's wine country, as well as the artisan goods created in the area, In 2011 the Enchanted Forest Wine Run was founded to encourage everyone to have fun while running. Add in Bob and Debbie Loomis, Krista's parents and running enthusiasts, as well as Marjorie Gosling, a friend of the family, and the Wine Run Team was born! Each person on our team brings a unique perspective that allows your race day to be magical! You can easily meet any of us on race day - we are the one's dressed up in Alice in Wonderland costumes!
Camping, Wine bottles, and T-shirts Available at Check Out
The cutoff for ordering Enchanted Forest Wine Run shirts is August 15, 2014.
This year we are offering adult sized technical running shirts with our custom designed logo!