With the holidays quickly approaching we’re getting a lot of inquiries about the 2018 run. We’ll be opening ticketing shortly to returning runners and then to the general public so everyone can secure their place or share a place as a unique gift for those lucky experience seekers in your life. Every year we ask our runners for their feedback and introduce tweaks to improve the run and 2018 will be no exception – actually we have a few big changes to share:
- We’re moving the date ahead a little to accommodate those who run the Ottawa half-marathon, or miss the Ottawa half-marathon. The 2018 Terroir Run will be held on Saturday, June 2nd.
- For 7 years we’ve run the bucolic backroads of Hillier wine country and arrived at Norm Hardie Winery for pizzas & pinot (and lots of other great local bites and sips) but this year we’re mixing it up, and surprising our runners with a special new County food experience. So many runners who came to 2017’s “Back To The Start” party loved eating, drinking and hanging out with Jens & Bruno so this year we’re reversing our route, and finishing at The Old Third Vineyard.
- As a result, the start will also be new and the good folks at Rose Hall Run have offered to host our gang. Although we’ll miss Bruno’s usual bird-banger start, Dan and Lynn Sullivan promise something really fun.
- We’re moving our start time from 9AM to 10AM. This small change will align lunch more with, well, lunch, and this year our runners will be able to enjoy the after-run experience (food, drink, social) into the afternoon.
- To address a frustration for families, groups and interested new runners we’ll be expanding participation a little to allow for more runners to join. Expansion is something we’ve debates every year as our first objective is to deliver a truly unique experience to all our participants and companions – this will not be compromised.
- Finally, Rebecca & I founded the Terroir Run to share the our love of fitness, food, drink, travel and discovery but many may not know that all proceeds are directed to supporting community initiatives. Over the years organizations that have received funds include Slow Food The County, The Terry Fox Foundation, Quinte Humane Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, 99.3 County FM. This year we are simplifying the focus and launching a new Foundation to formalize giving so that our runners can better understand the good their participation does. Stay tuned for more information about our new LARJ Foundation.
These are the high points but runners will also find little changes to their run kits, the run kit pickup options, some new partnerships and the on route experience. We expect the 2018 Terroir Run will be the best ever and hope you’ll join us, or join us again.
On May 24th, one hundred brave souls will embark on a journey. They will encounter fields of vineyards, lavender and freshly planted crops. They will endure paved and gravel roads. They may be forced to dance along the route. Before they reach the finish line they will have to run around an old rusty tractor. It will all be worth it once the reach the new frontier-Norman Hardie Winery. They will be rewarded. The are no medals of honour in this run but rather glasses of wine, cider and beer that will celebrate their achievements! Our small group of Star Wars friends took to the run route today to see what the 2014 Terroir Run runners will face… this is their journey.
Distracted by the statue at The Old Third, the commander had to have a glass of Cider to settle him before heading to battle
Found this guy at Broken Stone Winery – he was trying to refuel on Pinot Noir
Yoda has a zen moment at Closson Chase Vineryards
Over and out from Lacey Estates. Vineyard in good shape? Check. Wine chilled? Check.
This droid decided to make a pit stop and recharge at The Grange Winery water station
The battle at Hinterland was fierce to protect all of their bottles of bubbly!
Our troopers couldn’t get in to explore this new found star – Trail Estate Winery. Word is the runners will!
Karlo Estates is not on the route but they refuel the force at Benway Road and Greer Road
Luke – your father is not here at By Chadsey’s Carins – keep running!
Just when he thought he was done, he came across the tractor at Rosehall Run and new…it was almost over
Can you see the force amongst the sign? Norman Hardie Winery – the finish line!
Forget the finish line – our runners aim is the wine-line! While we may pass 9 County wineries along our 11km route we don’t drink their wares along the way, rather, we enjoy the fruits of their labour (and ours) at the final stop. Each participating winery has been asked to feature one of their wines.
We made it to the tractor at Rosehall Run Vineyards only .5km to the finish line!
Hello keen runners and dear friends,
It’s hard to believe it’s February 2013 already! We’ve had many folks reach out to us recently to ask “When’s your run this year?” and “When can we register”? We’ve got great news – it’s May 26th and registration is now live on Eztix!
Happy New Year everyone! It’s hard to believe that it’s January 2012, especially with the gorgeous weather we’ve been having – Andrew and I have had some great runs still wearing shorts!
Terroir Run Route c/o Mark MacCharles
We’ve been receiving lots of requests for more details about our 2nd annual Terroir Run and we’re excited to release the details of this year’s event. We’ve decided to host our 10.9km fun run during the weekend that celebrates ‘terroir’ in PEC. The Prince Edward County Winegrowers host their annual Terroir County Wine Celebration on Saturday, May 26th. Our run will take place on Sunday, May 27th. The route will remain the same as 2011 – starting off at The Old Third Vineyard and run along Closson Road past Closson Chase Winery, Lacey Estates Vineyard & Winery, Lift Haus Winery, The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards & Estate Winery, Hinterland Wine Co., down Benway Road to Greer Road and west on Greer Road past Casa-Dea Estates Winery, Rosehall Run Winery and finishing off at Norman Hardie Winery.
Our runners will enjoy some great County hospitality, fabulous fresh, seasonal fare and County wines and beers post race. Winemaker Norman Hardie and his team will be serving up woodfired pizza, Chef Cynthia Peters of From the Farm Cooking School wil be serving up salad and we have some more treats in store. In addition to lots of water to hydrate, wines from each of the wineries we pass will be served as well as a range of other County beverages.
For those runners and their spouses that want to make it a complete vacation to the County – consider booking a Terroir Weekend package! Packages will include 2 nights accommodation, 2 tickets to the Terroir County Wine Festival and 2 registrations to our Terroir Run (packages with one registration be also be available). We expect to have packages ready by the end of January. Registration for the run is now live on EventBrite.