Join Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon
The Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon is the first event in the popular series produced by Destination Races held outside of the United States. Kelowna is the centerpiece city of the Okanagan Valley, a year-round recreational paradise in British Columbia, Canada. This emerging wine region is set amongst beautiful mountains and Okanagan Lake, with abundant sunshine and ideal growing conditions for many premium wines and many varietals.
You’ll love this scenic and fast course starting on the East Bench above Kelowna at The Vibrant Vine with magnificent views of the lake and downtown Kelowna. After a descent from the East Bench, the course runs along the greenbelt, then the lake before finishing on the promenade in front of the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. Everyone then gathers in expansive Waterfront Park to celebrate their accomplishment at the Wine & Music Festival in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Activities are planned all weekend so bring your friends or family and plan to stay and play in this spectacular playground in the heart of British Columbia, Canada!
Where else can you run past vineyards and fruit orchards with vistas of a magnificent 135 kilometer long lake surrounded by mountains, and your finish area situated 21.1 km below in clear view? And the reward at the end is Waterfront Park and beach, filled with music, locally grown foods and unique, premium wines poured by vintners from a dynamic, emerging wine region.
This race starts at the Vibrant Vine and its colorful tasting room complete with its 60’s music and Haight Ashbury themed décor and wine labels. The first 9.7 km of the course meanders through farms, vineyards, fruit orchards, fields and homes perched on a bench above the lake and the City of Kelowna. The relay transition area is at kilometer 12.5 on Cosorso Rd.
The final 6.4 km follow along the lake, eventually passing through City Park for the grand finish next to Waterfront Park and the Delta Grand Resort. A fun-filled Wine & Music Festival in the park await the finishers as they gather to celebrate this magnificent journey and collect their rewards and awards in the park. Relax on the beach, enjoy the views, and explore the eclectic offerings of downtown Kelowna.
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Seven aid stations and one wine stop will be placed on-course between the start and finish areas. Various non-profits, school teams and other groups host these stations. They are placed on-course at key locations and intervals approximately 1.5 miles apart.
A gear check area is provided at the start and relay transition areas for runners to place their warm-ups and other items in the bag provided by race staff. Write your bib number and name on the bags and they will be transported to the finish area for pickup. Any items left at the event will be donated to charity after 14 days.
To enter the half marathon you must be able to finish the course in 3 hours and 30 minutes and keep a 16:00/mile pace or better. Casual walkers are not permitted in the half marathon due to this time limit. If you cannot keep the required pace on course, you will not be guaranteed course supervision by law enforcement and volunteers. Transportation to the finish area for non-finishers without medical problems will be provided via the SAG vehicle.
Water will be offered at each aid station and GU Hydration Drink (Lemon lime flavor) will be provided at every other aid station. GU Energy Gels (Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Salted Watermelon flavors) will be distributed at Aid Station #4. Please discard wrappers in trash receptacles at aid stations, or put them in your pocket, not alongside the road.
The race is chip timed to provide accurate and fair results for runners. Runners will receive a chip and gun time in the results. Top 3 overall finishers are based on gun time, all other finisher results use chip time results. The timing chips are disposable and do not need to be returned.
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