Wine glasses and running shoes at the ready. The perfect pairing heads for new heights during the annual Half Corked Marathon, taking place in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country on Saturday May 25th, 2024.
Tickets are sold via a lottery system due to the popularity of the event, which opens on November 16th at 9am. Lucky winners will be contacted by November 21st with the opportunity to purchase tickets to the spring event. Tickets cost $275 plus tax.
This unique 20-24km run weaves participants through the vineyards and valleys of the region’s iconic wine-growing areas, the Black Sage Road and Golden Mile, along with sections along the beautiful Okanagan River. Winery stations dot the route and participants have the opportunity to engage with the region’s colourful characters as they pour samples for runners to enjoy. More wineries pour for guests at the Party at the Finish Line in the Oliver Community Park, part of an afternoon of fun, live music and festivities open to all. Creative costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best individual costume, best team and best skit.
Half Corked Marathon weekend events also include the Primavera Party, a casual, family-style feast with live music on Friday May 24th, and an intimate, elegant multi-course dinner at a winery location the evening after the run. Both events include transportation from Oliver and Osoyoos, dinner, wine and entertainment.
Endorsed by BC Athletics, participants should be able to run 5km with some levels of incline over rugged terrain, in order to comfortably complete the 20km route in the time allocated. The “Sag Wagon” will be ready to assist guests who don’t reach the mid-way point before the cut off time, and transport them to the Party at the Finish Line.
Book your accommodation early to take advantage of special event rates at the Coast Oliver Hotel, just a short walk from the Finish Line. Use booking code EVENT to access a 20% discount on rooms.
For more information on the Half Corked Marathon and to sign up to the ticket lottery, visit www.oliverosoyoos.com/half-corked-marathon.