Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine News May 31, 2012 Half Corked Marathon – Oliver, British Columbia SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestStarted in 2010 by Jack Wessel and the Oliver Osoyoos wineries, the Half Corked Marathon was created as a fun run/jog/walk through vineyards, dirt roads and trails connecting wineries. Thirsty participants can stop and enjoy wine tastings, small food pairings, drink water and be encouraged on with camaraderie to the next winery and the finish line. The first year’s event saw 220 runners/walkers and this year’s event, with a whopping 652 spots, was sold out in less than three minutes. The idea for the Half Corked Marathon sprung from the famous Medoc Marathon held in the Bordeaux region of France. Unlike the Medoc Marathon which is a true international marathon, the Half Corked Marathon is deliberately NOT an official half marathon. At 18.6 km versus 21 km, the emphasis is on enjoying the event rather than being the first to cross the finish line. The coveted win at the Half Corked Marathon is claiming the prize for best costume and the competition is fierce. Nearly all participants last year were in costume. Runners are also invited to the special Primavera Dinner the night before the race at Stoneboat Vineyards. The carb-loading evening will have wines poured from Oliver Osoyoos wineries at long tables set amidst the vineyard. This year’s event was catered by Joy Road Catering, well known for their sold-out winemakers’ dinner events that run through the summer at the breathtaking God Mountain’s Estate. While serious runners do the event just for fun, many participants use the event as an inspiration to complete an ‘almost’ half marathon. While there is the option of the shuttle at any point during the race, most want to cross the finish line – and enjoy visiting all of the wineries along the route. Half Corked Marathon marathonsrunningWine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Comments are closed.