Ticket registration is open for the 2015 Half Corked Marathon.
General ticket lottery registration is open for the fifth annual Half Corked Marathon, a fun race through the wineries and vineyards of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, held on May 23, 2015. The lottery closes on Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
Runners usually aim for their personal best, but at the Half Corked Marathon, the prizes are for creative costumes, not race times, and the refreshments along the way are some of Canada’s best wines.
Inspired by the legendary Medoc Marathon in Bordeaux, the marathon is an homage to one of Canada’s most decorated wine regions. Participants are encouraged to sample wines from the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association along the route, paired with celebrated regional cuisine from local chefs, restaurateurs and café owners, as they run or jog the 18 kilometre route.
Tickets for the marathon cost $150 plus tax per person. The 650 tickets available to the general public are in such hot demand that a lottery system will once again be used to distribute them this year. After sign up, each lucky person randomly chosen from the database will have the chance to purchase two tickets. Tickets for additional weekend events (pre-race Primavera! dinner) will be announced later.
Spectators can join in the fun and enjoy wine tasting, music and local food trucks at the Finish Line Lunch. Throughout the weekend participating wineries will be offering special events, deals and open days. Local hotels, resorts, B&Bs and RV parks will also be offering special rates and packages for the weekend.
“We love welcoming visitors for fun in the springtime sun and the Half Corked Marathon is all about enjoying the best of our region,” said Jennifer Busmann from the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association. “Visitors can have a taste of our celebrated wineries, make new friends and enjoy an unforgettable weekend in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.”
Celebrations start on May 22, 2015, with the spring-themed Primavera! dinner – an al fresco gourmet pasta party set amongst the vineyards, which is a chance to make new friends and load up on carbs before race day.
On May 23, 2015, groups of 250 to 300 runners will set off in four waves; running, jogging or walking the 18-km route. The route can be run in 1.5 hours or walked in three hours with a wagon shuttle available to collect any participants who need some help getting to the Finish Line Lunch and wine tasting. The race trail leads through the incredible surrounds of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and brings together the region’s winemakers, chefs and producers, all of whom whole-heartedly embrace the event with 10 to 12 refreshment and wine tasting stations along the route, hearty picnics post-run and the highly anticipated pre-race Primavera! dinner.
For more information visit the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association website: http://www.oliverosoyoos.com/halfcorked.