It’s time to train for the Fifth Annual North County Wine Run
The North County Wine Run has become a true destination run luring joggers from Canada for the past four years with a course that promises Mt. St. Helens views and picturesque country roads. Here’s your six month training reminder, folks.
Registration is now open for the Fifth Annual North County Wine Run scheduled for Saturday, September 12th. Both the 5K and Half Marathon options begin at United Natural Foods in Ridgefield, WA. Early bird registration is $65 for the half marathon and $40 for the 5K if paid by July 31st.
Registration includes a Race Tech T-Shirt—guaranteed if registered by August 14—a race bib, logo wine glass, chip timing and a Finisher’s Medal for the Half Marathon, which has become a bit of a collectible since the races’ inception. Each year a different useable wine stopper is given out and this years’ design is a wine barrel.
Runners (and walkers) are also invited to the post-party and their registration affords them either wine tastings or a glass of wine, a pasta dinner provided by South Pacific Café and live entertainment. Raffle prizes will be called out at the post-party using bib numbers and I’m thinking, since it’s a wine run, wine will be involved. What greater incentive is needed? Non-running guests are welcome to join their participating friends for $20 each which includes the same post-party offerings (minus the raffle prizes).
But it wouldn’t be a wine run without some amazing Clark County wineries. Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Gougér Cellars, Heisen House Vineyard and Olequa Cellars will all be on hand pouring from their individually-amazing and collectively-brilliant lineups. Brian Tansy, owner of Olequa, has been donating a larger-than-Magnum-sized bottle of wine (technically a Marie-Jeanne) every year to the first place male winner and first place female winner of the half marathon and 2015 will be no exception.
Like so many terrific athletic events in the area, the North County Wine Run is organized by Get BOLD Events. Proceeds from the Wine Run have benefited Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in past years but, in honoring participant suggestions to keep funds more local, the Battle Ground Rotary Club will be donation recipients this year.
The United Natural Foods starting point is a change from previous years when it was held in Battle Ground and is expected to increase attendance with its convenient location off I-5 near the Ridgefield exit. With a solid partnership, expect this to be the Wine Run’s new home for years to come.
Elba Benzler, executive director at Get BOLD Events, said “Ridgefield is so excited to have this (the wine run) promote their area. I love knowing we’re promoting local businesses.”
For more information or to register, go to http://northcountywinerun.getboldevents.com/.
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