Take yourself back to 1965 when Eola Hills’ Founder, Tom Huggins was running side by side Steve Prefontaine. The two were legendary runners to watch. Tom said, “Nobody ever beat him, except me. Nobody ever beat me, except him,” and that pretty much sums it up. The two went off on their own paths after running together but maintained a friendship up until we lost Prefontaine in a tragic accident. However, if you ever visit Eola Hills, you will know their story and passion for running forever lives on.
Today, Ricky Mendez, age 29 will be representing Eola Hills in the 2018 Boston Marathon. He is the new Eola Hills legendary runner, the one who maintains the Eola Legacy. If you are ever passing our vineyards, you may see Ricky running through the vines. While everyone else sits and takes their breaks, Ricky uses this time to get a run in. He does this whenever he can, rain or shine, before sun up and even after sun down.
Here is what Ricky has to say about his adventure thus far, “I am a runner and have been a runner for as long as I can remember. It is what I was born to do. I was an all-star runner from middle school through college, winning several championships in cross country and track. But that’s not why I run. I run because that is where I feel the most free, and the most growth as a person. I also run because I believe I can make a difference through running. I want to help others and inspire them to follow their hearts. Two of my favorite things in life are running and helping others. With faith and a lot of hard work, I have come a long way in just a few short years, and I believe this is only the beginning. I took a break after college, and it took me a while to realize that I want to dedicate my life to running.”
Here at Eola Hills, even if you aren’t a runner, we have so many options to stay active as a part of your life in Oregon wine country. Check out our events below and let us know how you stay active!
Bike Oregon Wine Country
Start and end your journey at Eola Hills with two different route options on Sundays in August. Check out all the details on our event page.
Yoga + Wine in the Tasting Room
On special Monday nights, we host yoga in our tasting room. Our next event is coming up on May 7. RSVP and see all the details here.
Barre3 in the Vineyard
Join us along with Barre3 Corvallis on June 3 from 12-4pm for a special Barre3 class at Legacy Estate Vineyard Lake.
From biking, to running, to yoga, to Barre, we hope you enjoy the beautiful scenery and fabulous wine that can only come all together here in Oregon wine country!