Looking for the kind of race where it’s more about the simple pleasures in life.. good wine, serene views of the winding Snake River, vast, ripe, fruit orchards along rolling hillsides, the majestic Owyhee Mountains in the distance and good friends to share the journey with? Well, look no further. I have the perfect race for you! My husband and I are about to give Idaho it’s first wine run – a marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k through the Snake River Valley Wine Region called the Idaho Wine Run on September 30th.
I grew up near Ste. Chapelle (our host winery) and wanted to invite others to experience the spectacular beauty of the area and indulge in the delectable local wines.
Ste. Chapelle, Bitner Vineyards, Vale Wine Company, Fujishin Family Cellars, Huston Vineyards, Hat Ranch Winery, Sawtooth Winery and Hell’s Canyon Winery as well as the delightful little restaurant the Orchard House will be taking care of our runners and offering tastings along the hilly courses and at the finish. Aid stations (and the wineries) will also be offering the usual road-side fare typical of road races: water, Powerade, orange slices and lots of cheering and smiles to encourage you on your journey.
The local Pearl Izumi team has also offered some of it’s runners to lead pace groups for those of you with time goals. This is an opportunity to let someone else focus on the pace while you relax and enjoy the scenery of the open countryside. The event is also walker friendly for those who prefer to take their time, take a few photos along the way and enjoy the day without rushing.
There will be custom wine glasses (or custom sports bottles for children and those who would prefer that to a wine glass) at the finish line as well as medals for all finishers!
At the finish party, you’ll have chocolate covered strawberries, cheese and crackers, fruit and other delicious treats that you can savor while enjoying the music of a live band. White Willow Massage will be on site offering free massages. A local Scentsy rep will be raffling off great prizes. And, what else will you be doing at the after-party? You guessed it.. more wine tasting!
We hope that you will join us, on this, our inaugural year at Ste. Chapelle on September 30th. Bring a friend – or several and treat yourselves to a day of running, wine tasting, relaxation and breathtaking views! Sometimes, it’s more about the journey and the pleasure you had along the way.
For Marathon Mama readers, I am offering a special discount code. Use code “mm” to save $5! Hope to see you there!