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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!

 

2014 Runners get decked out!

Terroir Run 2014 Runners KitWe LOVE our 2014 runners kits! A big shout out of thanks to Wine Country Ontario for supplying us with wine totes and 2014 Wine Country Ontario guides! Our runners will enjoy tasty Ontario sourced treats including Niagara Apple Country granola bars from Taste of Nature and PEC Lavender Tea from Pluck Teas. Runners get ready to tour and shop in PEC – Sandbanks Vacations has included a $10 discount off your next wine tour and Zest Kitchen Shop is giving you all a 15% discount (their shop is AWESOME)! Last but certainly not least, runners get to pick the colour of their choice from our limited edition t-shirts designed by PEC artist Niall Eccles! Wishing all our runners a safe and fun run tomorrow and much gratitude to all of our partners who help us deliver an authentic taste of place experience!

WE RUN FOR WINE!

From L to R: Neil Dowson, Glennis Walsh, John Szabo, Amy Greenfields & Nicholas Araya (sadly we missed getting Cathy Spoel inthe photo)

From L to R: Neil Dowson, Glennis Walsh, John Szabo, Amy Greenshields & Nicholas Araya (sadly we missed getting Cathy Spoel inthe photo)

What do sunshine + a little wind + some amazing people + fantastic wine & food equal? The BEST TERROIR RUN EVER! Continue Reading

We love Wine Country Ontario!

Our lucky runners will be well equipped to tour the wineries of PEC with thanks to Wine County Ontario who have generously supported our run with their 2012 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide and reusable wine tote! Continue Reading

Don’t Walk, Run To Terroir Weekend In Prince Edward County

The countdown has started, t-minus two weeks until we literally hit the road running. We been receiving a lot of tweets and updates from our participants as they train for the big event with daily runs and a commitment to regular hydration of VQA wine! (please note water stations will be available along our route so wineskins or a tasting cup are not necessary, or recommended during the run). A lot of people have been asking whether they should come early and stay overnight to be ready for Sunday morning and if so what do we recommend. First, we wholeheartedly invite everyone to make a weekend of it in Prince Edward County as not only do we have some terrific accommodations but the 6th Annual Terroir Wine Event is on Saturday May 28th at our historic Chrystal Palace. The Terroir Event (no relation but committed to the same exploration of place through its soil, wine and local flavours) is a wonderful opportunity to discover the range of exciting new wineries popping up across the County and meet the winemakers who are helping make our region Canada’s Gastronomic Capital – you’ll even get a sneak-peek at some of the wineries you’ll be experiencing during next day’s run. Our friends at Closson Chase Winery have an informative posting to help get everyone in the right mood for anyone interested in making a County Weekend of it.