Woodinville Winemakers & Brewmaster: First Annual Triathlon

by Shona Milne on April 28, 2009

I received some information from John Bigelow at JM Cellars on the upcoming Woodinville Winemakers & Brew Master Triathlon. The event will be Wednesday, July 22 beginning at 5:00pm. The rules are that there really are not any rules. Proceeds will go to The Mitochondrial Research Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Root on your favorite winery as they compete in the 1st Annual Woodinville Winemaker’s & Brew Master Triathlon on the bank of Willows Lodge. Afterwards join all the winery participants for the “After Party” at JM Cellars. Space is limited. Register and get more information at JM Cellars.

Winery participants are: Adams Bench, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Anton Ville Winery, Baer Winery, Betz Family Winery, J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio, Brian Carter Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Covington Cellars, Cuillin Hills Cellars, Darby Winery, DeLille Cellars, Des Voigne Cellars, DiStefano Winery, Edmonds Winery, Efeste, Gordon Brothers Tasting Room, Gorman Winery, Guardian Cellars, Hestia Cellars, Hollywood Hill Vineyards, Januik Winery, JM Cellars, Mark Ryan Winery, Matthews Estate, Novelty Hill Winery, NW Totem Cellars, Page Cellars, Patterson Cellars/Washington Wine Company, Pomum Cellars, Red Sky Winery, Ross Andrew Winery, Silver Lake Winery, Sparkman Cellars, Stevens Winery, Vine & Sun, William Church Winery, Woodhouse Family Cellars, XSV Winery, & Redhook Brewery.

Woodinville Winemakers and Brewmasters Triathlon 2009


Where:  Across from Willows Lodge on the Sammamish Trial (see attached course map)


When:  Wednesday, July 22nd with the race starting at 5:00 p.m.


Who:  All Woodinville Wineries and Breweries are invited to participate.  Money raised by the event will go directly to The Mitochondrial Research Guild of Seattle helping kids who are fighting Mitochondrial disease.


What:  This will be a fun and unique triathlon.  The Triathlon is a team event and will include a running stage (roughly 1.5 miles up and down Pipeline Hill), a bicycling stage (roughly five miles total), and a final stage featuring the owner or winemaker/brewmaster paddling any non-motorized water craft roughly ¼ mile upstream on the Sammamish Slew in front of the Willows Lodge, and finishing behind Willows and Redhook near the “bonding structure”. 


There is a $100 entrance fee for each of the teams participating and the fee covers tee shirts and entrance to the after party for each team member.      


The rules:  There really are no rules. 


Each team will need to supply your own bicycle(s) and non-motorized water craft (including mandatory life jackets).  You should have both the bicycle(s) and non-motorized water craft to the transition tent on the Sammamish trail by 4:00 p.m. on race day.  The Triathlon will start at 5:00 at the south east Willows Lodge gate.  Each team will have team shirts (we will provide the shirts), a baton, a winery badge with the wineries name, and a crowd of supporters cheering them on.  We are selling special invitation tickets to individuals to witness the event and attend the after-race party at JM (the cost for a pair of tickets is $250 and the proceeds will go to the Mito Guild). 


The after-race party will start around 6:00 p.m. and we will be shuttling guests up to JM via shuttle buses from the Redhook parking area.  Each winery will hopefully bring a magnum or two, and it should be a great evening.  We will wrap up the party at around 10:00 p.m. with the last shuttle leaving JM at 10:30. 


I hope everyone is looking forward to the event and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 




I want to thank Willows Lodge and Redhook for their outstanding support of this event.  If we have a great time and raise a bunch of money for a very worthy cause, I am hopeful this will become an annual event. 


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