2017 Half Corked Marathon Ticket Lottery opens November 21 

Race is on for places on the 18km fun run through Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country

Runners and wine lovers can raise a glass to starting training for next year’s ultimate fun run: the race is on to register for tickets for the 2017 Half Corked Marathon, which will be held May 27, 2017.

On November 21st at 9am general ticket lottery registration will open for the eight annual Half Corked Marathon – an 18km run through the wineries and vineyards of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country – with the lottery closing on November 28, 2016 at 11:59pm. This year capacity has been increased to 1100 places to keep up with demand for the hot tickets.

“Half Corked Marathon is our favourite fun way to give people a taste of our region,” says Jennifer Busmann, transitional executive director for the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association. “Visitors can enjoy spring sunshine and get a flavour of the wide range of wineries here during an unforgettable weekend in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.”

Runners usually aim for their personal best in races 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 very best wines.  Inspired by the legendary Medoc Marathon in Bordeaux, the Half Corked 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 way, paired with celebrated regional cuisine from local chefs, restaurateurs and café owners, as they run or jog the 18km route.

Tickets for the marathon cost $165 plus tax per person. Tickets 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 for the event. Tickets for additional weekend events (including the pre-race Primavera! dinner) will be announced shortly.

Spectators can join in the fun and enjoy wine tasting, music and local food trucks at the Finish Line Lunch and throughout the weekend as 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.

Celebrations start on Friday, May 26, 2017, 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 Saturday, May 27, 2017, runners will set off in waves to run or jog the 18km route. 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 refreshment and wine tasting stations along the route, hearty picnics post-run and the highly anticipated pre-race Primavera! dinner.

For more information please visit the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association website: http://www.oliverosoyoos.com/halfcorked. Runners of the 2016 Half Corked Marathon can enter the Early Bird Ticket registration, open now until 11:59pm on November 14th.

About Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association:

The Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association is a non-profit organization with a goal to develop the wine industry in Oliver and Osoyoos through education and promotion. Founded in 2007 as the South Okanagan Winery Association, the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association (OOWA) was renamed in 2011 to better reflect its geographical boundaries and now has grown to include 39 member wineries.

Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association members are: 

Adega on 45th                                                      Jackson-Triggs

Bartier Bros                                                          Kismet

Black Hills                                                            Lariana Cellars

Blue Sky Estate Winery                                         Maverick

Bordertown Winery                                               Montakarn

Burrowing Owl                                                     Moon Curser

C.C. Jentsch Cellars                                              NK’MIP Cellars

Cana Vines Winery                                                Oliver Twist

Castoro de Oro                                                     Platinum Bench

Church & State (Coyote Bowl)                               Quinta Ferreira

Covert Farms                                                       River Stone

Culmina Family Estate Winery                               Road 13 Vineyards 

Desert Hills                                                          Rustico

Fairview Cellars                                                    Silver Sage

Gehringer Brothers                                               Stoneboat

Gold Hill                                                               TIME Estate Winery

Hester Creek                                                        Tinhorn Creek

Hidden Chapel                                                      vinPerdu

Inniskillin                                                             Young & Wyse

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2 thoughts on “2017 Half Corked Marathon Ticket Lottery opens November 21 ”

  1. Hi,

    I did the race last year, had a blast, and was luckily drawn again for 2017. I am sending this emailing on behalf of two of my friends that have put their names in for the general lottery for 2017 but they haven’t heard if they made it in or not.

    Have the general lottery winners been drawn yet?

    Thank you and I look forward to another spectacular event!

    Cheers
    Christina

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