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2019 Run Results

WOW – this year’s run was AWESOME! Despite a slightly rocky registration process due to our new format, things got off to a great start when we all arrived at Rosehall Run Vineyards to kick off the 10.8km journey.

Yes, folks, this is not your average run – it’s not 10km exactly. It’s not a race, however, our top 3 female and male finishers do get to come run with us in 2020 as our guests. A big congrats to our top 6 runners who sped to the finish in under 40 minutes (again – as it’s not a race so we don’t have exact times): Laura Couvrette, Natalie Slomka, Kate Barrett, Dylan Barlow, Phil Teijeira and Tom McColeman.

Run registration DOES include an outstanding post-run party with lunch handmade by Chef Albert Ponzo (The Royal Hotel) and Chef Karin Desveaux and her culinary team from Loyalist College served with libations from our run partners including iced tea from Pluck Teas, wines from all of our winery partners, custom cocktails from Kinsip, ciders from The County Cider Co and chilly beers from Parsons Brewing Co!

Our runners brought some serious ZEST to the day with costumes ranging from a moose and his hunt club, a hive of bees, Cinderella, Flash Gordon, a bevy of brides, some pretty pink pigs, a bunch of brave hearts and some wine mavens.

We are so grateful to our run supporters whose participation enabled us to donate $5000 to the ROC and the Prince Edward County Youth Centre. “We are so grateful to Terroir Run for their generous donation to the PEC Youth Centre! Funds raised by Terroir Run specifically support the provision of nutritious meals and snacks and cover the cost of cabs from ROC programming. Lack of healthy food and access to transportation cause barriers that keep youth from participating in the programs and supports they need. With the help of Terroir Run, ROC continues to provide programming at no cost to  all youth in a space where they feel safe, included and are able to reach their full potential.” – Darlene Thompson, Executive Director

We wanted to share a few more insights about our 2019 Terroir Run. We had 153 runners and 31 post-run lunch guests (yes – you can buy tickets to the lunch only to join your friends and family members who run with us). 73% of our runners were women and 27% were men. The majority of our runners (74%) are in their 30’s and 40’s with 23% over 50 years of age. 82% of our runners hailed from Ontario and this year we had a whopping 18% join us from Quebec!

38% of our runners had run with us before. 47% of our runners heard about us through the grapevine (word of mouth) and the power of social media brought another 15% of our runners to us.

The majority of our runners stayed in PEC for 2 nights (72%) with the balance staying for one night (11%) or staying at home as they live close by. Most of our out of town runners stayed in hotels or B&B’s (55%) with the balance staying with friends and family.

70% of our runners took the opportunity to explore the County and visited wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries while here. 44% of our runners spent between $101-$250 on food and beverage purchases while in PEC and 47% spent $250+++ eating and drinking their way around our delicious county!

Our run is a social enterprise, a passion project and, a way for Andrew and I to give back to a community that we love. A way to support local businesses and truly showcase a taste of place. We encourage you to save the date May 30th, 2020 for our 10th-anniversary run – registration will open Oct 1st, 2019!

Can you beelieve it’s been a month?

These two are the bees knees – running in these suits was not an easy tasks! Photo credit P. Moczulak

Wow – time flies when you’re having fun and we sure did at our 8th run! We mixed things up this year and started at Rosehall Run Vineyards. It was a perfect morning for a run – just the right temperature (even if we did have to run into a light wind)!

Our runners made it to the finish line at The Old Third Vineyard (slightly over 10.5km from the start) and were greeted by friends, family and some Flow Water (thanks Neal Brothers Foods).

While ours is not a race, we do reward the first three women and first three men who make it to the end. What do they win you might ask? A complimentary registration to our 2019 run and bragging rights! Congratulations to Jeff Green, Dan Kunz, Dylan Barlow, Nat Slomka, Megan Filion and Kate Barrett for being super speedy!

The 10+km runners were all nourished with an incredible meal prepared by chefs Karin Desveaux and John Schneeberger of Loyalist College and Albert Ponzo from The Royal Hotel with support from Frank Bryne and Paul Seneca. The vibe was set with chill tunes from DJ Ombudsman (aka Hri Neil) and lots of libations from our runner partners.

Super hero’s to the finish! Photo credit Shoal Workroom

Here are a few of our favourite pictures captured by Micheal Grills at Shoal Workroom (the full gallery can be found here) and by Peter Moczulak (full gallery here)

A big thanks to all of our volunteers, community partners and runners! We’ll be posting updates on our charitable contributions for this year and run date for 2019 soon.

 

 

 

Flower power + iced tea = happiness! Photo credit Shoal Workroom

Love the spirit of our runners! Photo credit P. Moczulak

Arrrgggg it was a feast! Photo credit P. Moczulak

Wine not come to County Terroir?!?!

Our lucky runners are being treated to complimentary passes to attend the  2018 County Terroir, an annual celebration of spring wine releases from Prince Edward County Wineries! For those of you who weren’t able to register for our run (we SOLD OUT in February), you can still come and have some terroir fun! On Saturday, June 2nd from 11am to 4pm at the Crystal Palace you can wine, dine and dance your way through some of the counties finest 2018 releases from 18 County wineries.

New for 2018, on Sunday, June 3rd you can partake in VIP Cellar Tours for $20 per winery at Lacey Estates Winery, Sandbanks Winery, Huff Estates Winery, Broken Stone Winery, Three Dog Winery, Grange of Prince Edward Winery, Black Prince Winery, Karlo Estate Winery, Rosehall Run, Half Moon Bay Winery, Norman Hardie Winery, Keint-He Winery & Vineyards, Traynor Family Vineyard and Trail Estate Winery. Many thanks again to Prince Edward County Wineries for supporting the Terroir Run!

Meet Our Wineries: Rosehall Run

imgres-3Guest blog by Hannah Stein

In 2001, Winemaker and proprietor Dan Sullivan set the first Pinot Noir vines in the limestone-laced clay that would become the Rosehall Run Vineyards. Over the last 15 years, Rosehall Run has expanded to now include one of the largest wine processing facilities in the County, an underground barrel cellar blasted into the limestone, a spacious and modern concept Tasting Room, a grocer area offering unique locally produced gourmet foods and an outdoor performance tent, featuring seasonal professional theatre and a blues festival. The impressive portfolio of wines that Dan produces continues to offer an exceptional quality to value proposition, exemplifying some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay being produced in the country today. Joining the lineup for 2016, is the highly anticipated methode traditionelle Estate-Grown, multi-vintage CEREMONY, “a well-balanced, rich and flavourful sparkling chardonnay” as described by Master Sommelier John Szabo at an Ontario wine tasting.

We spoke to Dan Sullivan, winemaker & owner of Rosehall Run, about all his winery has to offer…

What sets your winery apart from others?

When talking about the best of Rosehall Run, it is first and foremost about the wine, followed closely by our knowledgeable staff, the friendly people from the vineyard to the tasting room.

We offer a set of unique tasting and drinking experiences that run the gamut from our signature JCR Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to our fun, fizzy, flamingo-coloured Pixie sparkling wine.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?

I like to think of our wines as offering a unique personality that sets them apart, but as with many things taken with that which is the newest. With that in mind, our new method champenoise sparkling wine called Ceremony, made from our Hillier grown Chardonnay, is my muse for the upcoming summer of love. Stop by for a splash and see for yourselves!

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?

We look forward to having PICNIC food truck back again this summer at Rosehall Run, dishing up super tasty and healthy food that can be enjoyed with a glass of wine overlooking the vineyards from our deck or lawn.