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Marathon FAQ's

  1. Do I have to be able to run the entire course?
  2. What time does the Half Corked Marathon start?
  3. What stops does the route include?
  4. Will I be timed?
  5. Where can my family & friends cheer me on?
  6. When is the Half Corked Marathon?
  7. Where does the Half Corked Marathon finish?
  8. Can I bring my children?
  9. How long is the route and is it difficult?
  10. Do I have to run?
  11. Where can I see the route?
  12. Can I choose what wave I run in?
  13. Can I ride my bike?
  14. Where does the Half Corked Marathon start?

Do I have to be able to run the entire course?

Yes and no. While this is fun race you should be able to run about 5km. If have health issues and injuries or are not able to run 5km this may not be an event for you.

Everyone has 3.5 hours to complete the race. This allows for a brief stop at each winery on the route and a little bit of walking, but the majority of the course should be run. 

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What time does the Half Corked Marathon start?

With over 1 000 participants we have 4 different waves of runners and therefor 4 different start times. The first wave will start at approx 8am (TBC).

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What stops does the route include?

There will be 10-12 wineries and food stations along the route where you can sample wines and fine cuisine from Oliver-Osoyoos restaurants. Porta-loos will be available en route as well.

Click here for the map from the 2017 HCM.

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Will I be timed?

No, since this is a fun race and we don't take it too seriously. If you're planning on setting a record, this might not be the race for you. Stopping to taste wines and taking in the scenery will definitely affect your time!

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Where can my family & friends cheer me on?

Your friends and family can cheer you on any where along the route, just not at the starting line. We recommend they stop at any of the wineries along the route. They are also welcome at the finish line and can purchase a lunch ticket online.

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When is the Half Corked Marathon?

The Half Corked Marathon Weekend is May 26-28, 2017. The actual Marathon is on May 27, 2017.

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Where does the Half Corked Marathon finish?

The Half Corked Marathon finishes at the Oliver Community Centre.

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Can I bring my children?

The marathon is not open to minors, but they are welcome at the Finish Line or at any of the wineries on the route to cheer you on.

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How long is the route and is it difficult?

The route is around 18 km. It can be jogged or run in 1.5 – hours (but you should stop for wine on the way!). Because it is winds through vineyards, terrain can be uneven. Be prepared for one or two longer hills.

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Do I have to run?

You don't have to run the entire course, but this is a running event and you should be able to run at least 5km comforatbly.

Everyone has 3.5 hours to complete the course. Enjoying the wineries you stop at long the route is recommended, but too much time at one winery will mean less time at another. Don't forget there are lots of wineries at the Finish Line as well. All the wineries are open Sunday and would love to see you again.

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Where can I see the route?

For the 2017 map click here.

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Can I choose what wave I run in?

We assign waves so that teams can be kept together. After ticket sales are complete we will ask that teams submit their team name and members so that we can assign waves. Any teams who do not submit this info will have to take their chances. 

Waves are assigned randomly. We do not take requests for waves. 

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Can I ride my bike?

For the safety of runners and because of uneven terrain, no wheeled devices – bikes, strollers, scooters, wheelchairs, etc. – are permitted on the route.

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Where does the Half Corked Marathon start?

It starts at Burrowing Owl, but ALL participants will be bussed to the start line as space is limitated. This also means that we cannot permit drop-offs or spectators at the Start Line. 

Spectators are welcome at any of the winery stops along the route and, of course, the Finish Line.

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