We Won The Lottery! The Golden Ticket!

The Half Corked Marathon is a run so popular, all tickets are allocated by a random lottery.

South Okanagan, British Columbia

What is it?

The Half Corked Marathon is a half marathon fun run taking us through scenic vineyards and world class wineries.

This highly anticipated run recently won “The Event of the Year Canadian Tourism Award. 

We sample award-winning wines and food at approximately every kilometre. It is a weekend of fun festivities, entertainment and amazing costumes.

                                An experience of a lifetime!

Where?

The Half Corked Marathon takes place in beautiful Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country in the scenic, South Okanagan region of British Columbia. 

South Okanagan, British Columbia
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Oliver, B.C.

When?

The Half Corked Marathon is on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Fun events take place all weekend May 29-31, 2020.

Who?

This year there were 8116 entrants for the coveted 1500 tickets.

This is the third year we have tried to get in. Some hopeful runners have entered their name into the lottery the past twelve years and no luck.

The draw is open for one week at the beginning of November. One entry per person. All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable – no exceptions!

Why?

  • Wine sampling before the race at the starting line.
  • Wine and food pairing along the course.
  • Approximately twenty-five wineries at the finish line, showcasing and celebrating the viniculture in the picturesque South Okanagan Region.
  • Fantastic awards for the best and most creative costumes.
  • Picnic party at the finish line with live entertainment, music, dancing, food trucks and you guessed it……..more wine tasting!
Waiheke Island, New Zealand

How do we train for the Half Corked Marathon?

Part 1:  How do we complete the Run/Walk?

  • The race rules specify we have 3.5 hours to complete the route with a run/walk pace to allow time for sampling the wine and food.
  • The organizers also state, we should be able to run at least five kilometres to safely participate. 
  • There will be four wave starts with cut off points to make by a certain time. If you have not reached the cut off point in time, a Sag Wagon will pick you up and bump you ahead.

                                 No Sag Wagon for us. We do have some pride. 

  • In past years we have run marathons, half marathons and a gruelling  “The Great Walk” ultra-marathon from Gold River to Tahsis. 63.5 Kilometres to receive the “Burning Boot Award.”
  • I use the term “running” loosely. We were usually back of the pack, almost crawl to the finish line, “runners.” We did complete the events.
  • A few toenails were lost and grew back. Hips dislocated and clicked back into place.  Fun!
TC 10K in Victoria, British Columbia

Part 2:  How do we sample all of the wine?

The race information states ‘you are not obligated to drink the wine.’

             The organizers clearly have a sense of humour.

We have had some practice drinking wine.

“This hot, sultry wine was picked provocatively by a number of nubile nymphs. The juices were pressed, barrelled for many years with the lights out, and then bottled. The palate has saucy dark rich undergarments, and an explosive finish.” Miro Vineyard, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Part 3:  How do we decide on a costume?

Elaborate costumes are a big part of this event.

Prizes are awarded for Best Individual or Duo costume and Best Team Costume.

 

Some of the imaginative costumes over the past years included:

Five costume planning thoughts to keep in mind: 

1.  30 degrees Celsius temperatures are not uncommon at that time of year.

2.  We want to be able to run/walk/move in the costume for the entire distance.

3.  If nature calls, we should be able to take a quick porta-loo break.

4.  We want to see what is in front of us.

5.  We want to keep at least one hand free for wine and food samples. 

 

We welcome all suggestions!

Do you have any unique and fun costume ideas?  

Do you have any training tips?

Do you want to join us?  Free admission for all family and friends to attend the party at the finish line.  

Stunning scenery!  Award-winning wines!  Food!  Entertainment! Fun!

                                           An experience of a lifetime!

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South Okanagan, British Columbia

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***All costume photos are courtesy of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Facebook Page.

127 thoughts on “We Won The Lottery! The Golden Ticket!

  1. OMG Erica/ Erika, this sounds so much fun. Congrats on winning the golden ticket! Of course I want to join you at the finish line, except I already have 2-3 trips planned in May and would be flying home from LA a day or two before the marathon. I have no costume idea to suggest but I agree with your criteria for the costumes, especially the free hand for the wine and food samples! I hope you and your team win the Best Costume award. As to training tips, it sounds like you’ve got a lot of experience from previous races so “rinse and repeat” should work for this race 🙂 I’m excited for you. Look forward to the post-race report in a few months time.

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. We have been pretty excited since we found out. Our “team” consists of a team of two, my husband and me. My husband received the email that he was selected. He could choose one person who had also entered to go with him. Lots of specific and time sensitive information was then required. We were on pins and needles for the first week, not knowing whether we had met the requirements. I love your “rinse and repeat” training. Great advice! It sounds like you have a lot of adventures coming up soon. Travel safe, Natalie.🙂

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  2. Wow, that’s quite a “run”!! I can see why so many people want to do it. And it would be fun to just watch and see all the clever costumes. I wonder what shape you’ll be in at the finish!! Can’t wait to hear all about it later this year.

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    1. A major laugh out loud, Linda, on ‘what shape we will be in at the finish.’ I am going to stay with the word “sampling” wine and lots of water in between. I have to watch my timing, since I know I will want to take a lot of photos. You are right. There will likely be a story afterwards.🙂

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  3. How exciting!!!! Brings me back to my half-marathon days. I loved training for and participating in these races. Sadly, now I am so prone to heat exhaustion that I think these days are behind me. I would be there to cheer you on if I could, Erica, but I’ll still be in Ontario, hopefully putting the finishing touches on my move west. If anything changes and I can make it, you will be the first to know!
    Regarding costumes – what I have seen at races includes tutus, wings on your shoes (OK, that was me 😄) and funny, specially made t-shirts (I run for wine, etc.).
    Good luck!

    Deb

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    1. Deb, I definitely have more aches and pains and body “issues” now, than years ago, when I used to run. I am hoping the “sampling” of the wine and the fun and excitement of the race will numb the pain. I am glad to hear your move West is still going forward. We can catch up on the “sampling” when you get here. Funny on the tutus and wings on your shoes.🙂We have some costume thoughts, brewing.

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    1. That is wonderful news, Donna!! No guarantees on how the event plays out. So far, my information has been word of mouth, their facebook and Instagram pages, and numerous articles posted online. Like any event, it is what you make of it. 🙂
      So far, my brother and his family will be there to cheer us on, too. Yay! Fun!!

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    1. I am not too sure on running too long, although my walking is almost as fast as my running. You made me laugh, Anabel, on not running in a straight line. We will try to start in pretty good shape, hopefully minimal aches and pains. Of course, the wine should help with all of that. I will keep you posted on the outcome.

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  4. It sounds great fun. I could not do the running but I could do the wine sampling. I just wish I was nearer to cheer you on. I look forward to reading all about it.

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  5. Wow! you are indeed lucky. What fun Erica, I wish I could join you! Costumes would add more excitement, it seems they are going to be colorful. I suggest you wear something that makes you guys look like birds. 🙂 Wishing you all the best and look forward to more pictures of this event and yes, all the stories of running and drinking wine. 🙂

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    1. I will pass the bird suggestion onto my husband. I like the idea of colourful. 🙂 My husband has been spending many hours playing with thoughts on the computer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Balroop. 🙂

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  6. Congratulations!! This sounds amazing! I have some familiarity with the Osoyoos area and this should be a LOT of fun! My running days are long behind me but I shall be cheering you on through all your training and the eventual race.

    I’ve had a little experience with these types of races. My biggest piece of advice – from hard-earned experience – is to refrain from starting the celebrations the night before the race. One of my nieces and I got quite ‘enthusiastic’ the night before a 10-mile chocolate race. Sadly, I didn’t give the race distance the respect it deserved.
    The next morning I was seriously hungover and the LAST thing I wanted was chocolate – available at each kilometre 😏 What should have been a lot of fun turned out to be an excruciatingly looooong race. Let’s just say that common sense is sometimes earned the hard way.

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    1. Joanne, I think your husband has done Marathons? Ironmans in the Okanagan? Major good advice on watch the partying the night before. We have friends and family joining us and we will have to restrain our festive imbibing (not that we imbibe much). I am now intrigued by this chocolate race. I have a knee issue right now and I am working on strengthening the muscles around my knees. Wine should help with pain. 😉Thanks for sharing the Common Sense.

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      1. Gilles and I have both raced the Ironman in Penticton, although Gilles has many more IM under his belt. He has over 20 to my 5.

        It’s a beautiful course and I look forward to getting back to Penticton in August after our visit together … although my racing days are long behind me now.

        I sympathize with your knee issues. I’m still struggling with my own ongoing feet and IT band problems 😦
        Hopefully both of us get past these problems soon. It seems that recovery takes longer and longer!

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        1. Wow, Joanne, on the Ironmans! All of the training and then actually finishing! I have had past injuries over the years. (We all have by now:) Then a couple of weeks ago, I was jumping and jump/twists on a mini-trampoline with the grandchildren. You know the saying, ‘there is no fool like an old fool.’ It is already getting slightly better. I am hoping the libations on race day will help.

          I love seeing the photos of your recent hikes with Deb. I hope your feet and IT band issues continue to improve.🙂

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          1. I never said I actually finished an Ironman 😉 I’m just too slow and I needed an 18-hour cutoff rather than 17-hours … however you’re right about the training. It’s all consuming and just getting to the starting line uninjured and in shape to tackle the distance is a major achievement. Gilles even raced my last IM with me in an attempt to keep me on pace. It’s the only IM he never finished. After that race I finally realized I was crazy and came to my senses 😜

            Trampolines are death-traps in my opinion! I’ve had my own tangles with them over the years and let’s just say I’ve decided it is safer on the ground. Sadly, at this point in life, it seems I don’t even have to try anything wild and carefree to injure myself. Waking up in the morning seems to be all it takes 😉

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  7. I love Natalie’s “rinse and repeat” comment. You’ve all seen the commercial where the guy goes on a first date wearing a saggy shirt….that’s me…the saggy shirt. I can’t believe my Y membership is finally being put to use albeit they are beginning to frown upon my frequent brown bag rests. This race is not a timed event yet they give you only 3.5 hours to finish. Based on our “practicing” in New Zealand that will get me through the burrowing owl winery (the first of 19 wineries enroute). That’s the “spirit” of this race. I, for one, can leave my pride and sag with the best of them.

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    1. I have to make a note of the “rinse and repeat.” Great phrase. I am still in shock every time I see you and your gym bag heading out the door. You actually come home with sweat still on your face. Ooooh, great words “spirit of this race!” I may not be far behind you on the Sag Wagon 💕

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  8. At first I wondered how you could put half-marathon and fun run in the same blog post!! But now I totally get it. And I might even be able to do this myself. I can run a 5K. Have never tried running after a sip or 10 of wine, however. Can barely walk in that condition. Love the clever costumes, the spirit of this fun run. It reminds me of the Wicked Wine Run we have here. Off to find out when that is!!

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    1. Good for you, running a 5k Leslie! The Wicket Wine Run sounds intriguing and fun. I will investigate. I should finish one run before I plan a future one.🙂Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  9. Wow! What an amazing opportunity and such fun..
    Costume ideas: hare and tortoise; cat and mouse, dog and cat, Bert and Ernie, or reverse Chuck & Erica. Can’t wait to hear what you finally decide as I’m pretty sure my crazy bro will have some fun ideas.

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    1. Tricia, We have been pretty excited about all of this since we heard we were accepted. A bit of a process even after the lottery to make sure we met the requirements. And yes, your crazy bro has been working, creating, conjuring costume ideas for the past couple of months. I figure a shout out for ideas would also help. I can see how this will be the “compromise” part of our marriage. 🙂Thank you for costume suggestions! We will keep you posted. 😘

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    1. I have never been good at the costume part for Halloween. My husband usually comes up with creative ideas. One of his suggestions included long claws as part of our hands. How am I going to sample the wine and food? Thanks for your good wishes, Jill. I will keep you posted on how all of this plays out.🙂

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  10. Whoa! Not only is it combining two wonderful things together, but also, what a terrific way to incentivize people to make it to the next marker 🙂 I’ve never heard of this event before, thank you for sharing, it looks fantastic. You’re right! It is winning the lottery 🙂

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    1. We were definitely excited when we received the email. We still had some hurdles after that and now we are in. Yay! Thank you for your supportive comment! We will let you know how it all plays out.🙂

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        1. Four of us entered again, this year (third year trying to get in). My husband received the initial email. He was selected. He could choose only one person who also had entered and met requirements to go with him. Lots of specific and time sensitive information was then required. We had to wait about a week to hear back from them and receive confirmation. The organizers make sure this is a fair lottery system. The Friday before the race we have to bring picture ID in person. No one else can pick up our race package. Thank you for sharing in the fun!

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  11. This should be an American tradition. I’d run (trot) for food and wine every mile or so. Congrats! Cant wait to hear the details.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah. I appreciate your good wishes. Unsure how all of this will play out. Another positive is how my husband has been going to the gym almost every day now. After I got over the shock! 🙂

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  12. Oh my goodness that sounds right up my alley! I would even go back on my vow to never ever ever run again for that – and I’d wholeheartedly embrace the training required. (As an aside, your training in NZ looked fabulous…)

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    1. Guess what, Jo?! You read my mind. I am doing a run/walk/sample wine and food training plan🙂 I want to take lots of photos, yet I have to complete within a certain time period. Decisions. Decisions. You know first hand all about N.Z. and the amazing scenery and wines. Yes, fabulous!

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  13. Erica, this is hysterical! Half Corked, indeed. Malcolm and I went to a Halloween party as Yin/Yang a few years back. White tee & shorts, black dot – Black tee and shorts, white dot. Doesn’t get easier than that. Congratulations and best wishes for an upright finish!

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    1. Yin and Yang is a great idea! I will share with my husband. You made me laugh out loud, Suzanne. “Upright” is a great goal. Another comment was staying in a straight line. My initial goal was staying within the 3.5 hours (wine/food/photos…..likely in that order.) You are right, if I stay upright and in a straight line, I am doing okay. Thank you for your good wishes!

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  14. That sounds like so much fun! I bet you’ll come up with great costumes… just don’t forget your camera! I love the idea of pairing running with wine and food… sort of the carrot and stick idea. I wish I could be there to join the finish line celebration, but I guess I’ll just have to depend on Donna and Richard to do those honors.

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    1. Janis, We have a few ideas on costumes, yet, I think I will have to play the compromise card in our marriage and have my husband make the final decision. He has spent many hours planning and creating potential costumes. Funny on your carrot/stick. 🙂 My concern is having to finish within 3.5 hours with wine/food/photos in that time frame. Super fun to have Donna and Richard join us!! Donna takes amazing photos. And we need help sampling the 25 Wineries at the finish line.😉

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  15. Congratulations, Erica! I’m so happy for you both. Third try is the charm. I don’t know wether you remember, but you were talking about this event and hoping you’d win this year, when I wrote my post about The Wave in Utah and winning the lottery ticket for that highly restricted hike. This is incredibly exciting! I’m sure you’ll have fun. I think you should dress up as a wine bottle or a wine box. You could do a white version and a red version as a duo. Or, you could always go as baby Jesus – buck naked. That will make it easy to walk around, drink, eat, and go to the loo. 🙂

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    1. Oh, yes, Liesbet! Great memory! We do feel very lucky on this one. Great costume suggestions. Huge laugh out loud on all the pros for going buck naked. I had a facebook photo from their event all ready to share. There is an actual winery in Canada called “Naked Grape.” Two girls had a costume using that theme. I did not add their picture to this post, since their costume looked too realistic. 😉 Thank you for the good wishes.🙂

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    2. When I was younger and in shape, I went out one halloween dressed as cupid in a diaper. Your suggestion of the buck naked baby would certainly get the reaction: Jesus, he’s naked! Fortunately this is a family event and not a reason for mass therapy. Thanks for your not for the faint of heart input. LOL

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  16. Congrats on getting true lottery slots! Where – feel bad for those waiting 12 years or more – but it is the luck of the draw.

    Side note – our friends won the lottery to go to the Master’s golf tournament – and we knew they went and had fun and a while after they went – we found out the sold the extra tickets on line (I guess these you can transfer) and they had no idea we might have wanted them. Anyhow – they waited at least five years of entering to get their tickets

    And for costume ideas?
    Maybe be dice –
    Small square boxes with different circles of the die on them?
    Guess it would depend on how many are in your party – but a group of six would look nice as some some dice.

    I look forward to reading other suggestions and to seeing what you end up with for costumes

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    1. Yvette, I double-checked this morning and 2020 is the 12th Year for the Half Corked Event. We do feel very lucky we got in. Oh my goodness, on the difficulty of getting into the Master’s golf tournament. A few years ago we investigated the Marathon du Medoc in France. A very popular event running through wineries. Also done by lottery. We did not pursue it further for many reasons. The big bonus for the Half Corked is it is in British Columbia.

      The dice is a great idea! Just the two of us in our team. We welcome all suggestions. I will keep you posted.🙂

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  17. Wow – such fun! First off, congratulations on winning the tickets, second, congrats for having time to prepare for the event! I’ve never heard of the event, but it does sound like a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes. As far as a costume goes, hmm… I’ve seen wine cork dresses on Pinterest before, or hats made out of corks. I’m guessing you’ll come up with something very creative. I look forward to seeing that too!

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    1. Overall, my form of preparation will be continuing on my walks and trying to not get injured over the next few months. My husband has been doing a great deal of research on the costumes. As long as I have a hand free for samples 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing your suggestions, Shelley!

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    1. Sally, You are the first person who has mentioned wearing an apron. I love your suggestion! My concern is how we have to complete the course in under 3.5 hours including wine/food/porta loo/photos. We will make it fun. I plan to drink a lot of water throughout the event. Sally, I also greatly appreciate you following my blog. I look forward to continuing to read and connect.

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        1. I love all suggestions, Sally! I have a much heavier, older more cumbersome hydration pack. The one you shared looks more compact and also reasonable in price. Thank you! My husband and I have a costume planning meeting this morning (yes, we live in the same house, yet life gets busy). I am also still liking some form of apron. I want to carry my phone, too (and maybe ID to identify the body)😉

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  18. Wow!! I’d say congratulations, but I don’t like running and I don’t drink wine – so I’m not sure why it appeals so much – BUT that being said, it sounds like an absolute blast for people who enjoy both! I hope you’re going to do another post with lots of pics of you both in costume sipping wine, squeezing into porta-loos, staggering to the finish line, and then partying at the picnic – I can’t wait to see it all!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 😊

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    1. Leanne, I have not run in a long time, except for short distances. I have kept up my walking. I plan to sample the food and the wine with a lot of water in between. We are fortunate this event takes place in British Columbia, the province we live in. We looked into a similar event in France a few years ago. It is also a run between wineries and has a lottery system to enter the event. We are excited to have friends and family joining us, which will make this event extra special. Thank you for reading and sharing your good wishes.🙂

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  19. Hi Erica, how much fun this sounds! I love to be outside, walk/jog, drink wine, eat snacks and enjoy the surroundings. I’ve not heard of an event like this before and it’s quite a unique combination of events. Have a wonderful time and take lots of photos! #MLSTL

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    1. Hi Candi, We heard about an event like this in France a few years ago, running through vineyards. Also, entry by lottery. Yes, on the photos…..and the wine and the snacks. 🙂 Thank you for reading and I greatly appreciate your good wishes!

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  20. Congrats on Richard winning the lottery Erica! Well, you’ve got a couple of months to ‘practice’ and up your game if you haven’t already to meet the challenge of 3.5 hours! Including of course the wine tasting in between!

    It sounds such fun! You’ll do great! I’m sure ideas for lovely costumes for you both will come to you!

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    1. Hi Susan, My husband is “Chuck.” I think in one of the comments “Richard” Donna’s husband (Retirement Reflections) came up. We are thrilled they will be joining us at the finish line.

      I definitely need to up my game. We are almost four months prior to the event. A decent amount of time to “train.” I do feel it will be a challenge to fit in the sampling of wine, food, porta-loo, photos in under 3.5 hours.

      Susan, you live in a very beautiful part of the world also known for vineyards and wine. 🙂 Thank you for good wishes!

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  21. Oh my goodness, this looks like so much fun! I’ve never heard of winning lottery tickets for a run, but then runs around here aren’t that popular. Or wine-driven. I look forward to seeing pics of your costumes and your review of the wine tasted. Now get out there and train for the big day.

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    1. Hi Ally, You do make me wonder whether I will be able to even tell the wines apart after the first few “samples.” I am usually a one glass wine, person (maybe 1 1/2 glasses.) 😉 I plan to just “taste” and lots of water in between. You are right about getting out there to train. The 3.5 hour deadline is daunting. Wine, Food, Photos, Porta-Loo. Too little time and so much wine. Thank you for rooting for us!

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  22. Erica, congratulations!!🎉 How lucky to get in on your third attempt! 😀 This sounds like my kind of run (if I did any running!) I love the idea of wine and food tasting along the way and haha … you are not obliged to drink the wine!! That is SO funny! I love the idea of the fancy dress and what inventive costumes from previous years. They set a high standard to match! My initial thought of telly-tubbies goes against all the important elements in your list … ie too hot, poor vision and impossible to get out of! Maybe I better stop suggesting ideas! Have a fabulous time and I can’t wait to read all about it, accompanied by lots of photos! hugs xx ❤️

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    1. Annika, We do feel very lucky that we got in. My husband has been going to the gym almost every day, walking on the treadmill. Already, this makes the run a positive event. The challenge will be to fit everything in, wine, food, photos, loos in under 3.5 hours. Your telly-tubbies costume would be hilarious! I don’t want to give away one of our thoughts. The only problem is the potential costume also has huge claws. How am I going to pick up the wine and food samples? My husband and I will do the marriage compromise thing and come up with something. Thank you for your supportive comments and good wishes.💕

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  23. Oh My Goodness!! I didn’t even finish reading before I Googled this and sent the link to my brother! He and his partner would love, love this! Congrats on winning this lottery, have a blast!! (Congrats on the Gold River-Tahsis adventure too!!!)

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    1. Hi Agnes, It is fun and easy now to find out information about events around our planet. Does your brother and his partner travel to running events? We are very lucky to be part of the run this year. Thank you for reading and your supportive comments!

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  24. Hi Erica, what a fun event! My Saturday Sisters and I would love to enter something like this and we did look at one in France with a similar concept. Congratulations on winning an entry ticket and I can’t wait to see photos of the day. Thanks for sharing at #MLSTL and I have to say as a runner I’m just a little jealous! Maybe next year I will try and we can do it together? xx

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    1. Hi Sue, My husband and I also looked into the Marathon du Medoc in France, a few years ago. A run through wineries. Entry is also by lottery and I think they allocate groups of tickets for certain tour companies. You are an inspirational runner, Sue! I will be doing more of a run/walk/sample wine/food/take photos/go to the loo in under 3.5 hours. My four month training plan starts today. 🙂 Thank you for reading and your supportive comments! xx

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  25. This sounds like so much fun–and what beautiful scenery! I’ve lost my running mojo of late. A race like this could definitely bring it back. Good luck and have fun! #MLSLT

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  26. This sounds like too much fun and many laughs along the way Erica! Who ever thinks up these events – I always wonder that!! All the best for your training and costume selection, and I’m keen to see your post after the event complete with photos. It’s a huge thing to win the lottery for this and I’m sop happy for you. #mlstl

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    1. Hi Deb, There is a popular marathon in France called Marathon du Medoc, also running through wineries. They set the bar quite high. We are looking forward to participating. My husband has been going to the gym almost daily, walking/running on the treadmill. For me, this is already a huge positive. 🙂 Thank you for your good wishes!

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    1. Hi Norah, I am sure we will have fun. Also, good incentive to work on our fitness level. I drink very minimal, yet I will sample the wine and food, with a lot of water in between. 🙂 Thank you for your good wishes!

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  27. You hit the mother of all fun marathons! Wine, scenery and costumes! I need to get up there some day to check this out. I probably wouldn’t attempt to get a ticket but I can certainly drink wine and cheer runners on.

    I look forward to seeing your picks and your costume.

    ~Allison

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    1. Hi Allison, We are very lucky to get in. I have heard and read many good things about this event. We have friends and family joining us at the finish line. In past years it has been a very inclusive event. Fun for everyone. Thank you for your good wishes!

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  28. OH MY GOSH, ERICA!!!! How exciting! Congratulations on winning those coveted tickets!! That sounds like such a fun marathon! I can’t wait too read/see all about it after it comes around! 🙂

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    1. Your capital letters express how my husband and I felt when we received the lottery ticket email and then the final confirmations. My official training begins this weekend. Thank you for your supportive cheering us on, Amy🙂

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  29. Sorry I’ve been MIA; my life is a rollercoaster. I wanted to say that I’m happy for you and it sounds like a fun fabulous event! I hope to hear more down the line. I’m not a big wine drinker but even I am enticed into interest at what should be a stupendous day and memory.

    🥰🍷 🥰
    Susan Grace

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    1. Susan, Don’t worry about MIA. Family, friends, life is always a priority. You have been in flux the past months. 💕

      I don’t drink much at all. I plan to sample food, wine and lots of water. One of the big positives is how my husband has been going to the gym onto the treadmill 60-90 minutes almost daily. This is out of the norm for him. He is a great putterer, although not a great exerciser. It also gives the both of us something we do together, a challenge to train towards. Family and friends are also joining us which is the icing on the cake. Thank you for your supportive comment, Susan, as always.💕

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  30. Oh E, how happy I am to hear about the motivation to get “fitter”. I have a saying, “the family who works out together stays together.” !!! Okay, it works for me. 🤣. I used it on my elder son recently when he told me that he and his wife just joined an awesome gym (with pool and sauna and spa! I want it!) that has childcare too. They have a three-year-old and a two-year-old so getting healthier and losing weight has taken a back seat. I am wishing them the best! As I do you and your motivated hubby!

    My daughter and I have worked out together for awhile now and I always enjoy the times, better than spending it in a bar, right?
    Ha ha

    You and Chuck and your family and friends are going to have the time of your lives! And getting healthier through exercise may change lives for the long term – I know it did for me!

    Love
    Susan Grace

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    1. Thank you for your kind, supportive words, Susan! You are a great role model to your children, an inspiration to them and to me. You look very healthy and fit on the photos/hikes on your Instagram page. For the first time ever, I am telling my husband not to work out too hard or too long. That is a switch. Poor guy, cannot win. He reminds me it is never too late. Thank you for your continual support, always! I hope the travel and transitions are continuing to go in a positive direction for you and your family. Thank you for being you, Susan! 💕💖

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  31. Congrats, Erica! It sounds like so much fun. I didn’t know you and Chuck were marathoners. It’s a good thing that the Burrowing Owl winery is early in the sequence — their wine is excellent.

    Years ago, I participated in the Sask 60, a sixty kilometer cross country ski tour, a couple of times. As a teen, I went in walkathons (20 and 40 miles) and a bike-athon (40 miles), but nothing like that in recent years. You’ll have so much fun.

    Jude

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    1. Hi Jude, We haven’t done anything too extreme in recent years. Possibly, came to our senses. Your events sound like they were a lot of fun. Yoga is likely much healthier for us now. This Half Corked event will be a lot of fun. Trying to fit everything in under 3.5 hours will be the challenge. I would like to take lots of photos along the way. Thank you for your encouraging, supportive words.

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  32. Hi Erica,
    So fun that you guys “won the lottery” on this one. What a cool event…so wish we could be with you to share in the party at the finish line.
    I’ve never liked running – have always found it boring and painful, LOL. But an event like this might actually motivate me! Maybe I should suggest a similar event for my brother and Twin Barns Brewing…hmm.
    Have fun, can’t wait to see the costumes.

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    1. A similar beer event would be tons of fun, Nancy. My husband has been the main person researching costumes. I may have to do the compromise in my marriage thing, and just go with his ideas. He did see some of my parameters, such as one hand free to pick up and taste the samples. 🙂 A huge positive is how Chuck has been going to the gym almost every day. I know how you and I want to keep our husbands around a long time. 🙂 Thanks for your good wishes!

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  33. I loved your kick-off image of South Okanagan and every picture that followed. I traveled through there in 2006 on a road-trip and still remember it fondly (including the delicious wines and apples we had there). The Half-Corked Marathon wasn’t even a thing back then. How I would love to have your good fortune to participate in the event in 2020 (or any year for that matter – you are blessed to have been among the 19% of selected entrants). It sounds like a blast. Unlike you, I am certain I’d hitch a ride on the Sag Wagon for at least one leg of the race :-). Sadly, I won’t be in Canada to meet you t the finish line. I think you should dress like pirates in search of grape filled treasure.

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    1. Hi Lisa, We often travel through the Okanagan and it has changed significantly over the years. My family would camp there when I was a young girl. At that time, the Okanagan was all about fruit. Now new wineries crop up every year. I read how the Half Corked Marathon will be celebrating their 12 year Anniversary this Spring. I don’t know where my priorities lie in trying to complete this event in under 3.5 hours. I would like to take a lot of photos (and of course, sample the food and the wine.) 🙂 I love your pirates idea! We have not decided on a costume, yet. I greatly appreciate your kind, supportive comment, Lisa!

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    1. I am with you, Mark, on the running part. I thought my running days were over. I am still determined not to be picked up by the Sag wagon. I want to make sure to take lots of photos, sample food and wine and finish in under 3.5 hours. Decisions, decisions. 🙂

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