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2016 Final Run Details

IMG_3124We’ve just returned from visiting our run wineries to pick up wine for next weekend, followed by a family trail run – it’s a great weekend to be enjoying all that the County has to offer.
There is still time to grab tickets to our annual pre-run dinner on May 27th at 6pm at County Road Beer Co where they will be serving us up eats from the grill and a special Runner’s Radler! Tickets are available here – get them before we close registration on Monday, May 23rd at 6pm.

Reminding all of you that the Terroir Run is NOT a race but rather a fun run and as such – we don’t issue runners bibs or time chips. The first 3 female and 3 male runners that make it to Norman Hardie Winery receive a complimentary registration for our 2017 run (non-transferable to other runners or future runs). We will not be tracking times so if this is important to you we recommend you track your time using your own device (smart watch, GPS on phone etc).

There are AWESOME runners kits which can be picked up on Friday, May 27th at County Road Beer Co at 1258 Closson Road between 6:00pm and 8:30pm OR on run day (May 28th) at the starting point of the run – The Old Third Vineyard 1258 Closson Road starting at 7:30am. The kits are packaged in a Wine Country Ontario wine bag and include your custom 2016 Terroir Run t-shirt (Me to We), a wine glass, a package of Pluck Teas, a gourmet granola bar by The Quirky Carrot and a package of Propeller Coffee Co. Registration also entitles you to partake in the delicious post run lunch at Norma Hardie Winery where we have a special surprise from Buddha Dog!

Each of you will be required to sign a waiver form when you pick up your registration kits. If you are picking up kits for friends or family members please contact us in advance so we can send you the form which you will be required to present in their absence.

The run happens rain or shine so please come prepared. There is a lead vehicle that will take any clothes/items that you want at the finish location (Norman Hardie Winery). There is also a follow vehicle that is there to support you if you can’t complete the run or need any other support (bandaid, water etc). There are 2 port-o-potties at The Old Third but NO other washrooms along the route so please go before the run begins!

There’s a transportation bus provided by Sandbanks Vacations that will leave Norman Hardie Winery at 7:30am and 8:00am to bring you to the STARTING point – that way your car is there for when you’re done. There is NO transportation provided back to The Old Third Winery AFTER the run so if you are leaving your car at the starting point you will need to make your own arrangements to pick it up after lunch. The run starts at 9am with a bang when The Old Third Winemaker Bruno Francois fires his bird banger and away we go!

There are 3 water stations (which are dog friendly) along the route – the first at Closson Chase Winery, the second at The Grange of Prince Edward Estates Vineyards & Winery and the final at the junction of Benway Road and Greer Rod supplied by Karlo Estates Winery. The route is mainly paved road with the exception of Benway Road, which is gravel. There is very little shade along the route so please wear sunscreen and a hat.

The run is a dog friendly event. If you are bringing your 4 legged friend please make sure they are used to running for 10km and stay well hydrated. They must also run on leash for their safety and everyone else’s.

We encourage you to put some ZEST into the day and run in a custome – there are some fun prizes from our sponsors including the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate from Zest Kitchen Shop (in Picton).

Brunch/Lunch is being served at Norman Hardie Winery between 10:30am and 12:30pm. We ask that you secure your seats  as soon as you arrive – the quicker you are seated the quicker you will be served.

We’d like to encourage you to visit the wineries on our run while you are in the County (and every time you come) – we couldn’t deliver this great taste of place experience without their support!

We look forward to running with everyone May 28th!


It’s a wrap!

DSC06225It’s all over but the aches and pains! We had 88 runners join us on the most perfect of sunny spring days to run 11.4km. We were “off with a bang” at The Old Third Vineyard, hydrated at Closson Chase Winery, The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery, at the junction of Benway and Greer with the help of our friends from Karlo Estates Winery, and a final H20 stop at Greer Rd and Highway 33 care of the folks from By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery.

DSC06333Our first runner to the finish -Tommy Ferris – blew through the course in 42 minutes and 20 seconds. Close on his heels were Neil Dowson (53.38) followed by Mike MacKenzie (55.45). The top three ladies to the finish line were Isabelle MacKenzie (56.45), Lea Amaral (58.00) and Glennis Walsh (58.50). All six of them will run as our guests in 2015!

DSC06323Runners and their companions (an additional 40 people) indulged in delicious food prepared by the team from Slow Food the County and Norman Hardie Winery. We enjoyed spring salads and wood-fired pizzas. We hydrated with PEC wines, beers and cider, not to mention, PEC Lavender iced-tea from Pluck Teas. Children played. Dogs frolicked. Overall – it was a pretty magical day!

DSC06342The folks from Zest Kitchen Shop gave out prizes to our runners who added #zesttoyourrun. First place (who won an awesome picnic prize from Zest) went to Karin Desveaux (aka Beautiful Bubbles). Way to go K for running 11.4km with 2 champagne glasses strapped to you and your bubble machine going the whole way! Second place (an awesome gift from Green Peach) went to the Cabernet Couple and Third place (4 tickets to the Great Canadian Cheese Festival) went to Yo Gabba Gabba! Thanks for showing great spirit!

DSC06362We finished off by donating $500 to Slow Food the County to assist them in supporting good, clean and fair awareness and education in the community.

Thanks to all of our supporters, partners and runners. Save May 23rd, 2015 to run with us for our 5th Anniversary run!

2012 Terroir Run Here We Come!


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.


I ♥ Terroir Run but How Do I get Started?

Some days we all need a little help getting our day started and May 29th Terroir Run Day is no exception – we’ll assume you’ve already gotten yourself over to our registration page and have your party signed up and shirts ordered. On the morning of the run we ask everyone to meet at the Norman Hardie Winery, our folks will be there to direct you to parking – please try to carpool if possible. We’d like everyone there bright-eyed and busy tailed for onsite registration between 8AM – 9AM. Once you’re squared away, our partners at Sandbanks Vacations will be running everyone over in their luxory coach to the starting line at The Old Third Vineyard. 10k of beautiful County scenery later including the 9 winery partners we’ll pass you’ll end up back at Norm’s for our Terroir lunch featuring local ingredients on Johannes’ Flammen Kuchen pizzas and fresh salads featuring Vicki’s spring greens. Hey, this is were your cars are parked – yup, all this took was some good logistical thinking and an excellent transport partner who knows Prince Edward County like none other. (they also arrange tours and accommodations with the same efficiency and commitment to delivering their customers an extraordinary experience). Hail to the bus driver, bus driver man!

On your marks, get set, Santé!

We’re excited to launch the first of many runs through wine countries across the globe! We celebrate great legs and great body!

Our inaugural run on May 29th, 2011 is in beautiful Prince Edward County. It’s about the journey as much as the destination.

Join us in Wine County of Ontario. Our  run will take us from The Old Third along Closson Road past Closson Chase Vineyards, Lacey Estates Winery, Lift Haus Winery, The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery and Hinterland Estate Winery, down Benway Road to Greer Road past  Casa Dea Winery, and finally around the tractor at Rosehall Run Winery to the finish line at Norman Hardie Winery

10.7 km of county roads, a kick-ass local lunch (wood fired Flammen Kuchen pizza and Vicki’s Veggies spring green salad) and great Ontario wines, of course!

More details to come shortly including online registration!