Lottery for wildly popular Half Corked Marathon in B.C. wine country opens next week

Chelsea Powrie

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Half Corked Marathon lottery for tickets will open next week. Photo contributed

The lottery for highly sought-after tickets to the annual Half Corked Marathon in Oliver will be open next week.

On Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. sharp the lottery will open for one week only for the chance to nab tickets to the consistently sold-out event.

Just 1,500 runners will get the chance to weave through Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country on an 18-kilometre trek between the vines on May 30, sampling award-winning wines en route.

“As we celebrate our 12th anniversary, we are incredibly excited not only for the race itself but for the entire event weekend,” said Jennifer Busmann, executive director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.

“We are always looking for new ways to partner with our valued winemakers and chefs and are excited to offer guests the opportunity to participate in events in different areas of our diverse region.”

The weekend is not just about the run, offering “Primavera,” a family-style pasta dinner in the vineyard with live music and dancing, and “Dinner on the Farm,” an intimate gathering featuring local winemakers and winery owners.

The lottery sign up will be available here and closes on Nov. 11 at 11:59pm and successful entrants, chosen at random, will be notified on Nov. 15 of their chance to purchase two tickets to the 2020 event.

Ticket sales will open Nov. 17, while stocks last.