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PHOTOS: They ran and sipped for the 15th annual Half Corked Marathon in Oliver

Fun had by running 24 km through vineyards and sipping wines at various wineries

They ran, they sipped, they laughed, they ran some more through the vines and vineyards of Oliver for the 15th Half Corked Marathon on Saturday, May 27.

From May 26 to 28, the Half Corked Marathon will celebrate 15 years of bringing runners to Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country for a weekend full of fun, friendship and, of course, wine.⁠

The annual Half Corked Marathon is a unique run that weaves participants through the vineyards and valleys of the region’s iconic wine-growing areas, the Black Sage and Golden Mile Benches, along with sections along Okanagan River. Winery stations dot the 24 km route, with the opportunity to engage with the region’s colourful characters as they pour samples for runners to enjoy. Creative costumes are always rewarded for the best individual costume, best team and best skit.

The theme this year was Back to the Future (back to pre-COVID times) and embracing this in every element of the weekend, from the carb-load Primavera Party on Friday, to the Party at the Finish Line.

The Party at the Finish Line is the ultimate celebration at the end of the run, and the chance to toast the start of summer with live music, food trucks and more wine tastings at Oliver Community Park.

Tonight, Sunday, May 28, Culmina Family Estate Winery hosted Dinner on the Farm.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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