Hot weather and Oregon fires threatened to impact the race but morning temperatures were in the low 60’s and the smoky haze that crept up from Southern Oregon kept the sun from beating down on the runners - CARLTON, Ore. (September 6, 2017) – Bernard Lagat, 22, of Kabarnet, Kenya, took the lead from the start of the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon at Stoller Family Estate, and was never seriously challenged on this scenic course that runs through the Willamette Valley. Lagat, who is staying in the Portland area for three weeks while he continues to train, broke the tape with a time of one hour, eight minutes, 48 seconds. Patrick Goeghegan, of Portland finished over three minutes back with a 1:11:52, just ahead of 3rd place finisher Todd Williams of Portland who ran a 1:12:04.
Portland native Lyndy Davis, winner of the 2015 race and a fourth place finisher last year, was able to take control early on and consistently build on her lead. Davis, 27, finished with a 1:19:13, over ten minutes ahead of Michelle Tegenkamp of Portland and Alison Depaolis, also of Portland.
“The warmer than usual temperatures made it challenging but I felt really good and I knew what to expect on this course,” said Lyndy. Davis, who also ran the 2014 race, finishing in 3rd. Winners Davis and Lagat both received $500, a Fortessa wine coaster trophy, and 3 litre bottle of Pinot Noir from Ken Wright Cellars, signed by Ken Wright.
The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, presented by HomeAway, is a celebration of running and wine and is produced by Destination Races. The race runs through the heart of Willamette Valley in Yamhill County. Hot weather and Oregon fires threatened to impact the race but morning temperatures were in the low 60’s and the smoky haze that crept up from Southern Oregon kept the sun from beating down on the runners. The post-race festival delighted runners and their guests who were able to soak in the small town charm of Carlton while sampling fine wines from the region and grooving to Kat Myers and the Buzzards on the band stage.
Ken Wright’s team won the winery team competition for the fourth year in a row while Racing Shoes and Corkscrews, from Houston, won the overall team competition. “This event typifies how a local community can rally around a cause, create a memorable experience, and help others in the process”, declared Race Director Matt Dockstader, of Destination Races. “The local communities and law enforcement agencies here in Yamhill County have been become a model example of collaboration and support.”
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About Destination Races
Destination Races, based in Sonoma, California, is the pioneer producer of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Founded in 2004, the Wine Country Half Marathon Series consists of six races across prestigious wine regions in North America, offering unforgettable experiences on and off the course, including the popular post-race Wine & Music Festival. Runners from all states and foreign countries travel to participate in these boutique destination races designed to feature the areas top wineries and other attractions. The race series attracts elite runners, as well as food and wine enthusiasts who share their common bond of running and celebration. Current races include Santa Barbara; Northern Virginia; Napa-to-Sonoma; Oregon (Willamette Valley); Kelowna, B.C.; and Healdsburg, CA;. For more information on the event series and Destination Races, visit DestinationRaces.com. You can also find them on facebook.com at /destinationraces, on Twitter @winecountryhalf, and on Instagram @winecountryhalf.