Think of it as the race equivalent of a second bottling of vintage wine.
The Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association is planning a limited release of additional Half-Corked Marathon tickets March 12 — adding another 100 spaces to the May event.
“During our general ticket lottery, held every October, we see more than 6,000 people trying to get their hands on Half Corked Marathon tickets,” said Jennifer Busmann, the association’s executive director.
“We realized how frustrating it is for those who aren’t successful in the lottery and so have carved out space to increase our capacity this year and offer 100 extra tickets to allow more friendship groups to come together in our region.”
The tickets, Ms. Busmann said, will go on sale online at 9 a.m. March 12.
The Half Corked Marathon, celebrating its eleventh year, sees more than 1,500 people travelling from across North America (and beyond) to take part, following an 18 km route that weaves through the vineyards of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.
Wineries and winery stations dot the route, offering participants the chance to savour the region’s award-winning wines, as well as meet some of the characters that make this region so special.
Over recent years, the event has grown into one of Canada’s most loved events, winning Canada’s Event of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards.
Now encompassing a full weekend of events including Primavera, a tented, long table dinner in the vineyard on May 24, the Party at the Finish Line May 25 and Dinner in the Park, an intimate winemaker dinner following the race.
Numerous wineries also hold events throughout the weekend — from the Tinhorn Creek concert series featuring The Matinée to Road 13’s Recovery BBQ and a Pancake Breakfast at Oliver Twist.
Tickets will be available online (www.oliverosoyoos.com/Tickets) until they are all sold. Each successful applicant can purchase one ticket. Tickets cost $220 each plus applicable taxes.
The marathon itself is scheduled for May 25.