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Running Under the Influence


Blog by Rebecca Permack | June 6th, 2017


2017 Half Corked Marathon

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We've never been to Osoyoos before, but if there's one thing that will get us moving, it's wine. If you are one of the 11 people I haven't told, I ran a full marathon last year...my first one! It was a promise I made to myself to run a marathon before I turned 40. Well, whoopty dooo...mission accomplished. I'm glad I did it, but it wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped. If anything, it comfirmed that I don't like running, and it put me off it for a full year. Until now.

The Half Corked Marathon is less of a marathon than an 18km foot-powered wine tasting. We did actually run/walk 18km...so calories, shmalories...but the star of the show was the 14 wineries we hit along the way. 

We've never been to Osoyoos before, but if there's one thing that will get us moving, it's wine. If you are one of the 11 people I haven't told, I ran a full marathon last year...my first one! It was a promise I made to myself to run a marathon before I turned 40. So, 3 months before my 40th birthday, I did like Forrest Gump, and I just started running. 12 weeks later...mission accomplished, and 42.2 was off my life’s “To-Do” list. After that, I stopped running for over a year…until I heard about the Half Corked Marathon!

The Oliver/Osoyoos Half Corked Marathon is less of a marathon, than an 18km foot-powered wine tasting (perfect!). We did actually run/walk 18km, but instead of water stations, the route wound us through 14 wineries, who served us delicious wines and food along the way (ever heard of a buffet lunch at the half-way point of a half marathon?! Me neither. It was awesome!). It’s also a “costumed” marathon, with lots of fantastic and hilarious team costumes, and prizes for creativity. As this was our first year in the run, we didn’t dress up, but my “World’s Okayest Runner” shirt got a lot of laughs. 

We didn’t realize what a fantastic getaway Osoyoos is – to me, it felt like a beautiful desert oasis with hot and sunny afternoons that cooled into pleasant evenings, perfect for sipping wine on the patio with our good friends. It was the perfect mini recharge to a busy spring market, and we came back feeling energized and ready to get back at it. Osoyoos is officially and permanently on our travel list, and we are already planning for next year’s run!


Wine Tasting

Tasting incredible wines the night before the run...oops! This was at Adega Winery.


Osoyoos Sunset

The scenery steals the show, and the vineyards make for a beautiful foreground.


Cheers!

Is it just me? Or does the wine actually taste better when you're standing in the vineyard?


Half Corked

Finally! this was at around 1pm, and it was scorching hot! So happy to be done, but we discovered so many incredible wineries along the way.