Start Time:

7:00am on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017

Start:

The Vibrant Vine

Finish:

Waterfront Park in Kelowna

Distance:

21.1 km (point-to-point)

2-person Relay Transition:

Casorso Road at the roundabout

Wine & Music Festival:

9:30am to Noon

Awards Ceremony:

10:30am

The Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon accentuates the amazing beauty of the Okanagan Lake and the surrounding valley. The course offers eye-popping vistas along the route and runs through scenic county roads, landmarks, greenways and lakefront parks, finishing in Waterfront Park for the trademark Wine & Music Festival. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic and engaging course, anywhere.

Please note that one form of Photo ID is required to pick up your wrist band for the wine tastings and beer garden at the Wine and Music Festival. Every runner must wear a wristband to enter the festival area. Drinking age is 19.

The race has a limited-size field designed to offer our participants and their guests the finest destination experience possible. A team competition and two-person relay are offered. Runners and fast walkers must be able to complete the course in 3 hours and 30 minutes, keeping a pace of 10 min/km (16 minutes per mile).

This thriving wine region in British Columbia is producing fantastic award winning wines, which are difficult to find (or purchase) anywhere else. We encourage bringing your friends, family and running partners to spend time to enjoy this beautiful recreational area that runs along Okanagan Lake. Sunday is race day but activities begin on Saturday with the pre-race dinner. We welcome you to beautiful British Columbia, Canada for the Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon!


Timing & Results

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.


Gear Check

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.


Weather

The climate in the Okanagan Valley in early September is typically ideal for a road race. Temperatures during race time average between the 12°-18° C (mid 50s to mid 60s F). The high temperature in the afternoon could range from 18°-27° C (65°F to 85°F).

There is very little precipitation in September, although it is recommended that runners bring adequate clothing for a range of temperatures and conditions. There is exposure to the sun on this course so please wear sunscreen.

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Awards

Top 3 Overall Male & Female

1st Place

$500 plus bottle of wine and Fortessa Award Plate

2nd Place

$250 plus wine

3rd Place

$100 gift certificate to Fresh Air plus wine
Note: Wine Award must be redeemed through wineries
Men’s and Women’s Masters champions (40+) will be awarded a decanter trophy and wine.
Wine is awarded to top 3 male and female finishers in age division every 5 years from 19 to 70 age groups. Awards are determined by the runner’s age on race day. Certificates are provided for the under 19-age group.
The fastest team (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more members will receive award. A team must have a minimum of 6 runners finish the half marathon to qualify as a team. See Registration for more information.
Top finishers are awarded in the following categories, M/M team, F/F team, & Co-ed.
Open to teams of participating wineries, the Winery Challenge Cup is awarded to the fastest Winery team (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more runners. See Get Involved for additional information.

Rules & Safety

Please line up at the start according to your pace. Elite runners will be positioned at the front with runners lining up behind them by mile pace. Please look for the pace signs posted along the start chute to guide your position. Please do not line up ahead of your pace time! This is chip timed so your time will officially begin when you cross the timing mat at the start line. Top 3 overall are on gun time. Take extra caution as you start the race!
ALWAYS stay inside of the cones on the roadways. Runners should stay to the right of the cones at all times unless otherwise marked by arrows and chalk. Straying outside of the defined cone line is dangerous and is not allowed.
NO roller blades, skateboards, animals or bicycles on course without permission. Baby strollers designed for runners are permitted but must begin at the back of the starting line.
Portable music with headphones are allowed but must be kept at low volume so runners can hear approaching traffic and verbal instructions from law enforcement and volunteers.
Please obey law enforcement officers, course officials and volunteers at all times! They are positioned on course for your safety. In rare cases, law enforcement may require runners to stop to allow traffic to pass. Failure to obey law enforcement and volunteers may result in removal from the course and disqualification.
You must be a registered runner to compete in the race, or you will be removed from the course by officials and banned from future participation. Be courteous to other runners and volunteers and beware at all times on course!