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Ticket FAQ's

  1. Where can I purchase tickets?
  2. Why can I only add 1 ticket to my cart even though I am allowed 2 tickets with my General lottery selection?
  3. Why do we only get 1 ticket in the Early Bird Lottery?
  4. How does the lottery work?
  5. How do I sign up for the lottery?
  6. Can I enter the lottery more than once?
  7. Can I have a friend/family member enter the lottery (who doesn't plan on participating) and purchase a ticket for me if I don't get selected and they do?
  8. What about group ticket sales?
  9. How much are tickets?
  10. How do I get an Early Bird Ticket?
  11. What other benefits do I get with my Early Bird Ticket?
  12. Why is the Early Bird ticket more expensive?
  13. Are any of the event proceeds donated to charity?
  14. Why don’t you just increase the number of tickets since there is so much demand?
  15. The event is sold out. Is there a waiting list?

Where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets are allocated via a lottery system for the Half Corked Marathon. Please sign up for our newsletter (bottom right corner) to make sure you receive the full details.

Please make sure you add marathon@oliverosoyoos. com to your safe senders list,  do you don't miss our emails. 

Due to high demand and a limited number of tickets we do not recommend booking any transportation or accomodation before you get confirmation of tickets purchased. We are not responsible for bookings that are non-refundable if you do not get tickets to the HCM.

Please note that Registration is Friday May 25 from 1pm to 7pm. If you cannot register during this time you cannot participate in the HCM. We will not be offering late registration in 2018.

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Why can I only add 1 ticket to my cart even though I am allowed 2 tickets with my General lottery selection?

As a successful lottery winner in the 2017 draw for 2018, you will have received an email asking you to fill out a form with the details of the 2nd Participant that you wished to participated. This was available to successful lottery winners from Nov 8th to 10th, 2017.  Only one 2nd participant resgistry was permitted per lottery winner. All lottery and 2nd particpant registrants are notified by email with specific instructions on how to purchase thickets.

This allows us to get everyone's names in our system and therefore on the registration list. It also means that when we send out an email everyone will get it and you won't have to worry about forwarding it.

 

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Why do we only get 1 ticket in the Early Bird Lottery?

The Early Bird Lottery is only for 1 ticket because your friends that participated with the previous year are also able to enter the Early Bird Lottery. The odds of you and your friends being able to purchase a ticket are very high. 

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How does the lottery work?

An email will be sent out to our database asking people to submit their name if they are interested in participating. From those interested we will do a random draw for names. We will contact those people (via email) and they will have the opportunity to purchase a max of 1 ticket and register a 2nd Participant to purchase 1 ticket. They will then have 6 days from notification to purchase their tickets. If they do not purchase their tickets they will go back into pool and we will repeat the lottery process until all the tickets are sold.

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How do I sign up for the lottery?

To receive info about the lottery please sign up for our newsletter on our website (bottom right corner). We will send out info about Half Corked Marathon and the lottery via our email list. It will also be posted to our Twitter and Facebook (links below) accounts.

Please make sure you add marathon@oliverosoyoos. com to your safe senders list,  do you don't miss our emails. 

Half Corked Marathon Facebook Page

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Facebook Page

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Can I enter the lottery more than once?

To keep the lottery fair there is only 1 entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

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Can I have a friend/family member enter the lottery (who doesn't plan on participating) and purchase a ticket for me if I don't get selected and they do?

No. In order to keep the lottery fair for everyone each person is allowed one entry into the lottery. 

Any tickets purchased that do not match a name on our list of those selected in the lottery will have their tickets cancelled.

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What about group ticket sales?

Due to the extreme demand for tickets we have decided to go to a lottery system for the Half Corked Marathon. This means that there will not be group ticket sales. 

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How much are tickets?

We have 2 ticket prices. We have an Early Bird Ticket for $200 and the General Ticket is $175 + tax.

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How do I get an Early Bird Ticket?

Early Bird Tickets are only offered to those who ran in the previous year’s race. For example those who participated in the 2016 HCM will be offered an Early Bird Ticket for the 2017 HCM.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available and if the demand exceeds the number of Early Bird tickets a lottery system will be used.

The Early Bird Lottery is for 1 ticket only. 

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What other benefits do I get with my Early Bird Ticket?

There are no additional benefits to purchasing an Early Bird Ticket other than your odds of getting a ticket into the HCM are significantly better than entering the general lottery. Odds of getting an Early Bird Ticket depend on the number participants, from the previous year only, entering the Early Bird lottery.

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Why is the Early Bird ticket more expensive?

The Early Bird tickets allows the previous year's participants MUCH better odds of being selected for a ticket. The Early Bird lottery odds are approx 1 in 4 and that's if everyone from the previous year's race enters the lottery. The odds are usually much better. In fact the first 2 years of the Early Bird lottery everyone who entered the lottery (and was qualified as a participant from the year before) was able to purchase a ticket. 

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Are any of the event proceeds donated to charity?

Yes! Last year the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association gave three cheques to local groups including the Oliver Figure Skating Club and to the Oliver Parks and Recreation for the Anyone Can Join program.

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Why don’t you just increase the number of tickets since there is so much demand?

While we would love to have everyone participate we have to consider how many participants we can host at our various venues and how many our resources and vendors can handle. We have been slowly growing the event to make sure we can increase the number of tickets sold and still put on high quality event

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The event is sold out. Is there a waiting list?

We will be sending out an email to our database asking those who want to enter the lottery to sign-up. This will also serve as our waiting list. We will randomly draw names from this list until all tickets are sold.

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