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Half Corked Marathon shortlisted in Canadian Tourism Awards

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country’s flagship event recognized in national awards

 

Oliver, BC (September 14, 2016) – Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association’s Half Corked Marathon has been shortlisted for a Canadian Tourism Awards as a finalist for the Metro Toronto Convention Center Event of the Year.

“We take great pride in the Half Corked Marathon, our flagship event of the year and one of the hottest tickets in the country,” explains Tony Munday, Executive Director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association. “The race not only showcases our incredibly beautiful and diverse region but also shows what can be achieved, when tourism and wine industries collaborate to create an event that’s incredibly unique and special.”

The Canadian Tourism Awards recognize those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer a superior tourism experience to travelers in Canada. On November 30th, The Canadian Tourism Awards winners will be announced in Gatineau, Quebec, at the TIAC Tourism Conference. The other Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event of the year finalists are:

  • The Canadian Soccer Association: FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 - National
  • Foklorama - Winnipeg, MB.

Congratulations to all of the finalists in all categories!

The annual Half Corked Marathon weaves racers through the beautiful vineyards of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, sampling wines and fine food along the route. Created by the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, and inspired by the legendary Medoc Marathon in Bordeaux, the Half Corked Marathon pays homage to one of Canada’s most decorated wine regions; a celebration of the Golden Mile and Black Sage Road benches connecting the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos. 

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About Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association: 

The Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association is a non-profit organization with a goal to develop the wine industry in Oliver and Osoyoos through education and promotion. Founded in 2007 as the South Okanagan Winery Association, the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association (OOWA) was renamed in 2011 to better reflect its geographical boundaries and now has grown to include 39 member wineries.

The Canadian Tourism Awards:

The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer travelers superior tourism experiences in Canada.

 

Half Corked Marathon Weekend

Thank you to everyone for making the 2016 Half Corked Marathon the best yet. If you are interested in entering the lottery for next years race, make sure you sign up for our newsletter.

Next Years Race Weekend - May 26-28, 2017

Tickets are allocated by lottery.  See our FAQ's for more info on how it works.

Early Bird Lottery - Open to 2015 Participants  | Complete

General Ticket Lottery - Complete for the 2016 Half Corked | Those selected will be contacted between Nov 27-30
Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified of when the lottery opens for the 2017 Half Corked Marthon (TBA 2016)

Sample some of the country's finest wines and cuisine as you wind your way through the vineyards of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country!

The Half Corked Marathon has become one of the most highly anticipated events in Canada. This race is all about having fun.  If you are looking to set a record, this probably isn't the event for you.

It includes:

  • A custom welcome bag with goodies & exclusive offers from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Wineries
  • Fine wines and cuisine from local restaurants on the route
  • Picnic at the finish line
  • Awards ceremony following the race
  • Fantastic costumes
  • An opportunity to meet the people behind the wines of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country
  • World-class scenery

     

Primavera Dinner

Primavera is the ultimate pre-race pasta dinner. Enjoy rustic pastas, salads, and your favourite wines from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country as you dine family-style at a long table amongst rows of budding grapevines. A great evening with friends; both old and new!

Have questions about the Half Corked Marathon Weekend? Please check our FAQ page for an answer. If you don't find your answer there please email marathon@oliverosoyoos.com and we will try to respond to your questions within 3-4 business days.

 

Half Corked Marathon - 'Party! at the Finish Line'
 

Race tickets are all sold out but you still can come to have fun at the 'Party! at the Finish Line'. It is a relaxing afternoon of entertainment, food, wine, friends, and family. Everyone is invited to come and cheer on HCM participants as they cross the Finish Line. To help racers and spectators get pumped about the race check out our 2015 race video:

General admission of the Finish Line area is free, but if you have friends and family who would like to participate in the wine tasting and enjoy lunch as well you (or they) can purchase a Finish Line Wine Tasting ticket.

 

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

 

Fully Corked Sponsors

           

        

Half Corked Sponsors

 

 

Screw Cap Sponsors