Halloween has come and gone, which can only mean one thing — it’s time to get registered for next May’s Half-Corked Marathon.

An entry lottery for Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association’s very popular event is open — and will remain open until just before midnight November 8.

Up for grabs are 1,500 spots in the 11th annual event, which last November captured the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event of the Year Award at the Canadian Tourism Awards.

The cost for each entry is $175.

The lottery will take place between Nov 9 and Nov. 12. Immediately following the lottery, the people whose entries are drawn will be contacted via the email address provided on the entry form.

Lottery winners will have the option to purchase one ticket for themselves and allocate a second ticket for a person of their choosing. Only the lucky lottery winners will be contacted.

The event opens with a Primavera pre-race pasta dinner May 24. It includes rustic pastas, salads, and wines from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. The long-table event allows participants to dine family-style amid rows of budding grapevines with friends new and old.

After the race May 25, everyone gathers for the Party At the Finish Line, a relaxing afternoon of entertainment, food, wine, friends, and family.

It’s the race itself — and we use the term loosely here — though, that is the main attraction.

The 18-km route weaves through the green countryside of the South Okanagan, the trek through vineyard punctuated by stops at the some of the region’s very best wineries. Participants sample wines along the way, the offering usually paired with cuisine from local chefs.

As you can imagine, the run often becomes a jog and then a walk. Prizes are for creative costumes, not for the fastest race times.

Keen to participate? Visit the OOWA website and follow the Half-Corked Marathon link.

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