CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Competitive runners, joggers and casual walkers seeking a vineyard setting as well as a mostly flat course will score on both counts at the Lake County Milers’ Vines to Wine run at Brassfield Estate Winery in Clearlake Oaks on Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m.
The event, which features a chip-timed 5K run and walk along with a 10-mile run, is unique among runs in California in that it winds through vineyards and countryside on natural-terrain roads.
In addition to a traffic-free experience, the race offers all participants a technical long-sleeve T-shirt and a catered lunch (including Brassfield wine glass and four one-ounce tastings) with the opportunity to compete for first-, second- and third-place medals overall and in each age/gender division.
“Wine-loving runners who have visited Brassfield Estate Winery know what an amazing location this will be for the Vines to Wine Run. Newcomers to this area are going to be blown away by this venue,” said race director Jeanine Burnett of the picturesque locale.
The fee for this upscale event is $45 for the 5K walk or run and $55 for the 10-mile run through Aug. 15.
Register at https://runsignup.com/brassfield (small fee charged for online registration, or print registration form and mail in with check).
After Aug. 15, prices will increase by $5 for the 5K and $10 for the 10-mile, and will bump up again on Oct. 1 so register early.
Participants must be at least 12 years old; non-alcoholic beverages will be served to anyone under age 21 and to non-drinkers.
A limited number of tickets for the lunch and wine tasting will be available for spectators if purchased before event day.
Registration will be open until Oct. 30 or until the maximum of 400 participants is reached.
There will be no race day registration. The event will be held rain or shine.
Runners in the 10-mile race, covering much of the Brassfield Estate Winery’s vineyards in Lake County’s scenic High Valley appellation, must complete the course in a maximum of two hours and 20 minutes.
For this reason, casual walkers should sign up for the 5K distance. All finishers in the 10-mile race will receive a commemorative medal.
In keeping with their tradition, the Lake County Milers will donate a large portion of the proceeds from the event to benefit fitness programs at East Lake Elementary School in Clearlake Oaks as well as the Lower Lake High School cross-country team.
The Milers acknowledge the main sponsors for this event, including Brassfield Estate Winery, Bottle Rock Power and Shady Acres Campground.
The Lake County Milers is a running and walking club that promotes fitness and health in the Lake County region.
The Milers invite all runners and walkers throughout Lake County to join and receive club benefits, including information on upcoming race events and training opportunities. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, the Milers have something for everyone.
For more details, see the group’s Web site at www.lakecountymilers.com .