The course traversed through Vineyards near Dundee, OR. Photo: © 2010 Evan Pilchik Photography

This year’s inaugural Fueled by Fine Wine One-Half Marathon took place in Dundee, Oregon on July 11, 2010. The event started and finished in Billick Park where 13 wineries showcased their finest selections for participants following the event.

The first-year event drew nearly 800 runners from across the Northwest and from as far away as Austria. The men’s race was won by Portland’s Will Justice who crossed the lined in 1:28:52. On the women’s side Dundee local Rebecca Mishler broke the tape in 1:32:51. The course was billed as “challenging” by event organizers. And a quick check of the race results shows they weren’t kidding with only two participants breaking the 90-minute mark for the distance.

Here’s what a few of this year’s participants had to say about the scenic and challenging event.

“I just have to say, this really was the BEST run I’ve done! It’s my 7th half (marathon) and I have to say it was the most fun, the most challenging, beautiful, the best organized, coolest “goodies” and shirt, course, and the list goes on! Thanks for such a great event! Cheers!”
– Danielle Myler Embree, Troutdale, OR

“Loved it – hills were more challenging than anticipated, but that only motivates me to train harder for next year. Great swag/food/wine, enough parking, nice motivators along the course, and you weren’t kidding about that view from mile eight. I’m carrying a camera next time.”
– Martrese White, Portland, OR

“That was a FANTABULOUS event! The hills were an awesome slow burn on the quads, but the prize at the top made it all worth it – priceless view! Every detail from the shirts, medals, mile markers, aid station boosters and post-race food was meticulously selected with a flair toward high style! Positively THE BEST event I have ever attended and run! We’ll be back next year, but this time we’re bringing all our friends from Tampa with us! Thank YOU for the great memory!”
– Yvette Weller Barrett, Portland, OR

“That was the toughest half I’ve done, but it was AWESOME! Thanks for a great event…I can’t wait for next year!”
Tyler Anne Kaltenbach, Portland, OR

“The event company did such a phenomenal job! I can’t think of anything I’d change. Thanks for an awesome (and wicked hard) experience. 2011, here I come!”
Sara Edvalson Wutzke, Shrewsbury, MA

All photos: © 2010 Evan Pilchik Photography (purchase images online at

Fueled by Fine Wine One-Half Marathon
Saturday, July 11, 2010
Dundee, OR

Top Male Finishers
1. Will Justice, 26, Portland, OR – 1:28:52
2. John Horvick, 32, Portland, OR – 1:28:53
3. Andrew Redenbarger, 31, Portland, OR – 1:31:19

Top Female Finishers
1. Rebecca Mishler, 23, Dundee, OR – 1:32:51
2. Anika Luff, 31, Vienna, Austria – 1:45:41
3. Marni Dehart, 37, Portland, OR – 1:47:46

For complete results, visit the RESULTS page on Or for information about the 2011 event, stay tuned to the event Web site at