Like the Hayloft? You’ll Love this County Barn Party!

Did you know that many of our runners make the Terroir Run a full-weekend experience. Further a large number return annually as we find that most are not just here for 10K but rather to connect to a unique community. This year we’re introducing a new opportunity to do just this, the Back to the Start Barn Party.

Apart from a chance to reconnect, share run stories and get another serving of local food & drink, this event will be extra-impactful. Why? Well it’s called Back to the Start because the dinner is hosted in The Old Third’s historic barn where our run begins and it’s a chance to give something back to the owners who have been with us since the beginning. The difficult news is that Bruno Francois, the winemaker and our annual race starter, has been diagnosed with lymphoma and so all proceeds from the evening will go towards hiring help to support the vineyard and winery operations while they focus on getting Bruno healthy. In County tradition let’s gather not in sadness but as a community. We’ll honour the vineyard’s work and the larger spirit of craft and hospitality found from Consecon to Waupoos and all acres in-between. Please plan on joining us to eat, drink, dance and give back.


Sat, May 27 5PM to 10:00PM

Food: Burgers & famous Fries from Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, fresh shucked oysters from The Shore‘s Sam Ravenda (kiss up to her as her new restaurant, Sand & Pearl Rawbar down by the Sandbanks is already the big news of ’17), something sweet (think Canada’s best buttertarts) from our long-time supporter and County icon Peter Grendel and his Pastry House kitchen.

Drink: Local beer, wine, cider and a special cocktail from the County’s new Kinsip Spirits. (drink tickets provided to get you started then cash bar afterward–please drink responsibly)

Music: DJ Ombudsman will be spinning his magic.

Tickets: $115–purchase here.


The 2017 Prince Edward County Run is SOLD OUT

Word has gotten around that our little run is “one of the best events in Canada” and “the most fun you can have with running shoes on”. Kind words like these and a gratifying enthusiasm from returning runners has sold out the 2017 County run in record time.

A couple of quick notes about selling out the Terroir Run. First, we are never happy telling anyone that we don’t have room for them. As runners, County ambassadors and lovers of sharing a great experience with passionate people we wish anyone who wanted to participate could. At the same time we have set a high expectation of what a Terroir Run should be and are very careful to ensure the experience all participants, and our partners, have exceeds it. Each year we ask for your feedback and work very hard to make the run better and with so many perennial runners we believe we’re doing a decent job. This doesn’t mean there isn’t room to improve and expanding responsibly is a priority.

So, what can you do if you’re too late for 2017 tickets? A few things:

  • Signup for the Terroir Run Newsletter where we will share updates and new options for participation–get Terroir Run news and announcements before anyone else!
  • email and ask to be put on the 2017 County run Waitlist. Inevitably the world will intercede and some runners with tickets will not be able to join it–we remind anyone in this position to contact us immediately. If possible we will offer the space to those on the Waitlist in a first-come, first-served basis.
  • buy a ticket for one of the two special local dinners, come out and enjoy the County in the last peace before the summer crush. Each dinner is carefully curated and offers an unusual opportunity to really understand what makes Prince Edward County so special–especially if you love food, wine and community, (see earlier posts about the Friday night dinner at the County Road Beer Company, and Saturday night’s new Back to the Start Barn Party) We call these options “all the fun, none of the run” and are always popular with runners’ friends & family,

Thanks for everyone for your continued support and know we’re excited to see you at one of the amazing local dinners or on the line waiting patiently for the starting crack of Bruno’s old bird-banger!

Back To The Start

New for 2017 we have added a great event to round out the programming for the weekend to ensure our runners are getting plenty to opportunities to enjoy a taste of Prince Edward County!


Photo credit The Old Third

On Saturday, May 27, 2017 we’ll be hosting a Back To The Start Barn Party in partnership with The Old Third Winery and Chef Jamie Kennedy. Kicking off at 5pm at The Old Third we’ll being serving up Chef Kennedy famous frites with County burgers, a selection of wines from our run winery partners, craft beer and cider all paired with great music to dance, dance, dance! Tickets to the party are $115 and include your meal, 2 drinks of your choice* and live music.  This is an intimate event for 100pp so be sure to buy well in advance here


Photo credit Jo Dickins

2017 Registration Opens July 16th

Mark your calendars as we open registration to the general public on Saturday, July 16th at 9am!

New for 2017 we will be going “Back to the Start” with a Barn Party at The Old Third from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday night. Chef Jamie Kennedy will be grilling up burgers and preparing his famous fries. There will be live entertainment and a great selection of wines, beer and cider from our run partners. This is an age of majority event – 19 years or older to attend. Tickets include your meal, two drinks and entertainment.

Run registration, tickets to our Pre-Run BBQ at County Road Beer Co and Back to the Start Barn Party

2016 Run Recap

Terroir_Run_2016_228May 28, 2016 was a fabulous day for a run in Prince Edward County! We had the most runners to date (125pp) and despite the hotter than usual weather (we peaked over 28 degrees at 10:00am) we had success right through to the finish line!

Our gracious hosts Bruno Francois and Jens Korberg of The Old Third Vineyard started our run off with a BANG! Elvis, a giraffe, Duff Beer lady, 2 students from Hogwarts Academy and 5 folks in wool kilts (hot, hot, hot) added some great ZEST to our run. We had two German Pointers go the distance with their owners, several pregnant runners (4 and 6 months along) make it to Norman Hardie Winery with the promise of pizza for lunch AND we saw a personal record for Malcolm Jolley of Good Food Revolution who completed his first ever 10km in 63 minutes!

Congrats to our Top 3 Female and Top 3 Male runners who will join us as our guests in 2017. You can read more about them here. Many thanks to Jo Dickins of Jo Dickins Photography and Joanne Welch for the great photos capturing the day! Visit Jo Dickins Gallery here and Joanne’s Gallery here.

Runners, their families and friends enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the staff at Norman Hardie Winery, the volunteers of Slow Food the County and Andrew Hunter of Buddha Dog. Non-alcoholic refreshments were prepared by Propeller Coffee & Pluck Teas served with a smile by the Tethong family. All of our winery and cidery partners provided an array of their terroir to compliment the pizza’s and salads.

We’d like to thank our runners who helped us donate $500 to Slow Food the County Seed Fund to support good, clean and fair food production in the County, as well as, $500 to the Quinte Humane Society to support animals in need in the Quinte region.

We’re already planning for May 27, 2017 when our 7th annual Terroir Run will take place. Tickets will go live shortly (but not before our 2016 runners get advanced registration notice). We will be hosting a Pre-Run Buffet BBQ at County Road 33 Beer Co. on May 26th and a Back To The Start Barn Party at The Old Third Vineyard with Chef Jamie Kennedy and some stellar live entertainment on the evening of May 27th. Make sure to SAVE THE DATE and book your accommodations now!