The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is held in the heart of the Willamette Valley, less then an hour drive from downtown Portland. We encourage bringing your friends, family and running partners to spend time and enjoy this scenic area encompassing multiple wine appellations.
The race has a limited-size field designed to offer our participants and their guests the finest destination experience possible. Ancillary events and other activities are planned for our guests before and after the race, and we encourage spending time in the area to take advantage of all the attractions the region has to offer. Yamhill County and its member businesses are excited to extend their finest hospitality to our guests during your stay.
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Start Line: Stoller Family Estate | 16161 NE McDougall Rd, Dayton, OR 97114
Finish Line: Pine Street in Carlton
Course Time Limit: 3.5 hours
Miles 1 – 2: Stoller to Lafayette
It’s hard to imagine a more impressive start line and staging area than Stoller Vineyards and Winery. Your race begins just prior to the entrance gate to Stoller; you’ll turn right onto McDougall Road, followed by another right onto Stoller Road. The scenery here consists of vineyards and ranches with farm animals and you might as well enjoy it, you’ll be bunched fairly tight in the first two miles.
Mile 2 – 3: Lafayette
This is the only town or residential area runners pass through until the finish. As you make your way up Duniway Road you’ll take a left on 12th St. near the top of the hill, where you will find the first aid station at mile 2 with Water and Nuun Hydration Drink. Then you’ll continue straight on 12th Street, eventually turning right onto Monroe Street. At the bottom of the hill, you will then turn left onto 16th Street through the residential section of Lafayette to Bridge Street. Once you’ve taken a right onto Bridge Street it will soon turn into Abbey Road.
Mile 3 – 6: Northeast Abbey Road
Once on Abbey Road the field should thin out and settle into a nice rhythm. Stay in the right lane once onto Abbey Road. This is a very serene, tree-lined section of the course as it winds past two bed & breakfast establishments and then passes the second aid station at NE Brookside Ln at mile 4.
At mile 5 the course passes Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, a monastery for monks. Once past the monastery you’ll encounter a couple rolling hills with your biggest climb coming as you pass Abbey Road Farm at mile 6. Just beyond is the relay transition area, followed by a complete aid station #3 with water and Nuun Hydration Drink.
Mile 6 – 8: Northeast Hendricks Road
From Abbey Road runners will take a left onto Hendricks Road towards Carlton. The next two miles are the straightest and easiest section of the course with an elevation decline of almost 100 feet. You’ll soon pass aid station #4 after mile 7 at Stag Hollow Road, a complete aid station featuring the Lemelson Wine Station in front of Lemelson Winery, for a quick on-course wine tasting.
Mile 8 – 10: Mineral Springs Road
At mile 8 the course now stays left on Northeast Hendricks Road for newly re-routed section of the course. Just after mile 8.6 you’ll turn left onto NE Mineral Springs Road heading south. Aid station #5 will appear on your right in the driveway near the wheat silos and will have both water and Nuun Hydration Drink. You will you bend to the right as you pass the mile 9 marker. This section offers beautiful views of the golden wheat fields and is quiet part of the course. You’ll merge with NE Bayliss Road as you head south past mile 10 as you approach the intersection of Jernstedt Road.
Mile 10 – 12: Party Zone on Jernstedt Road
After Mile 10 you’ll go about two-tenths of a mile and then take a right onto Jernstedt Road. There will be fruit orchard to your right and wheat field to your left. By now you’ll likely hear the music (take out your earphones!) as you encounter a small roller with 15 ft of gain. You’ve now entered the course Party Zone – aka aid station #6 featuring live music and Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews.
After a brief stop in the party zone, you’ll crest this small hill and enter the gravel section of the course. You’ll then drop down 50 feet into a shaded section of the course before climbing back up the hill to a straight section on Jernstedt.
Just after Mile 11 is the intersection of Old McMinnville Highway. Take a right and you’ll find aid station #7 with water and Nuun Hydration Drink. You’re at mile 11.7 where the course becomes paved road again. Off to left you can see downtown Carlton where the race finishes.
Mile 12 – 13.1: Finish in Carlton
After a jaunt down Old McMinnville Hwy you’ll be ready to make a left where Hendricks Road becomes Main Street as you approach the town of Carlton. Once in town you’ll pass 6th Street down past 1st Street as spectators will gather along the way to cheer you to the finish.
Once you see the overhead stoplight in the center of town you are in the final stretch. Your 13.1-mile journey has come to an end. Now it’s time to replenish yourself in the Wine & Music Festival, featuring live music, craft beer, and multiple wines from over 20+ local wineries! So sit back, grab a glass, and cheers to another great year at the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon.