A Race Through Wine Country

7 Feb

People have many reasons for running: To challenge themselves physically and mentally, to raise money for a good cause… to eat and drink as much as they possibly can without exploding. I belong in that last category, and two years ago, participating in the Terroir Run in Prince Edward County, Ontario, I met many like-minded people.

Terroir Run

Image: Terroirrun.com

The slogan of this fun run is “Great legs, great body!” Participants pass eight wineries on an 11-km route and wind up at the patio of Norman Hardie’s. And unlike the infamous Bacchanalian barf-fest that is the Medoc Marathon, in France, they’re not drinking booze along the way. That gets saved that for the post-race lunch at the end, where you can fill up your glass, again and again, from bottles produced by each of the wineries you just passed and carb0 re-load on the most beautiful wood-fired pizza, fresh from Norm Hardie’s outdoor brick pizza oven.

Tickets just went on sale today for 2014 and are priced at $100 per person, which includes participation in the race, a T-shirt by cheeky Calgarian clothing company Food on Your Shirt, and a seat at the post-run boozy lunch. Race participation is capped at 100 runners, but you can bring a dining companion: lunch-only tickets are $25 each. It’s all going to be happening on Saturday May 24th. Register here!

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