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The Amazing Race: Kelowna Hotels Welcome Wine Country Half Marathoners

August 26, 2013 | by Christina Van

Aerial view of downtown with Kelowna hotel

Take in stunning city, mountain and lake views while racing in the inaugural Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon Sept. 5.

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Imagine a race above sprawling vineyards, a sparkling lake and lush mountains on a sunny September morning. This is the Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon, and Kelowna hotels are happy to give racers a place to rest their feet before and after they cross the finish line.


What It Is

For all its pristine terrain and views, Kelowna was chosen to be a part of a series of destination running races held in wine countries across North America. Destination Races selected Kelowna as its first boutique race to be held outside the U.S. because of its stunning lake views, vineyards and sunshine. The Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon takes place Sept. 7, 2013.


Why You’ll Want to Participate

The inaugural Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon begins its scenic course at The Vibrant Vine winery, on the East Bench above the city. The course gives runners amazing views of Okanagan Lake as well as plentiful grapes and varietals. If you’re not a half marathon kind of runner but you want to take part in this unique race, you can do it as a two-person relay.

The relay transition area features views, music and even a sip of Riesling courtesy of Tantalus Winery. Heading towards the greenbelt and finishing in downtown’s Waterfront Park, racers can cross the finish line and take part in the post-race wine and music festival.


How to Register

Log on to the Destination Races site so you can register online. Registration fees range from $75-190.


Do you love films as much as you love running and wine? Stick around for a while and attend the Okanagan Food & Wine Film Festival Sept. 13-15.


Are you looking for Kelowna hotels where you can stay and rest up before the big race? The BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites offers an environmental wing, pet-friendly rooms, a mineral pool, hot tub, grass courtyard and more. Book your room today!



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