Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon 2017
The Most Exclusive Half Marathon in the World
Welcome to the fifth annual Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon. Canada’s most Southern Half-Marathon takes place on a remote Lake Erie Island, ending in a Winery. This exclusive event is limited to approximately 350 participants, who will enjoy the beauty of running around this pristine island, with Aid Stations and Port-A-John every 2K. The course is measured and certified, as well as timed, surfaced with a mixture of pavement, gravel, and tar and chip. Registration includes a great Wine-inspired Tech Shirt Long Sleeve Hoodie, award winning medal, bib and a ticket to the best After-Run Party in running with Wine Tasting. For more pictures and feedback about the event go to our FACEBOOK page.
2016 shirt and medal pictured below honouring the Frog of the ECO Wine Label. Our tradition is that the shirt always has the art work of the label of a Pelee Island Winery Wine.
Bring your sweetheart, friends and family, to stay the night and enjoy the run in the morning (you'll have to stay the night because the ferry doesn't cross early enough that day to get the Island in time for the run!) The night before there will be plenty of dinners and parties going on around the Island, of which you will be notified. You can also buy extra tickets for your guests to join you at the Winery for an extravagant luncheon starting at noon. Adults are $35 and kids under 11 years of age are $25 each. THESE TICKETS ARE LIMITED SO BUY NOW, DO NOT WAIT, LUNCHEON TICKETS SELL OUT.
RunningFlat has a NO REFUND policy.
PLEASE NOTE THE RACE IN 2017 IS ON A SATURDAY. We, again, have heard the suggestions from the runners asking to move the race off the Sunday morning and onto the Saturday. That way they can race in the morning enjoy an amazing luncheon and spend the rest of the day enjoying and relaxing on the island and not worrying about catching the ferry home. This allows them to have another great morning on the island and then leave. We are always trying to make improvements to the event where we can.
REGISTRATION IS IN CANADIAN FUNDS so due to the favourable exchange rate, our U.S. participants save almost $40
BOOK NOW this race SELLS OUT Fast!
includes one finish line party ticket
As you exit the West Dock Terminal upon arriving on the island you take a right hand turn and go down a block to the Pelee Island Winery Pavillion starting at 11:00am to 8:00pm. This gives you a chance to see you finish line and get directions to the new start line.
Special Thanks to our Finish Line sponsor SUNSET Produce
TICKETS MUST HAVE BEEN PURCHASED AHEAD OF TIME TO ATTEND THE LUNCHEON. EACH RUNNER HAS A TICKET TO THIS LUNCHEON INCLUDED IN THEIR REGISTRATION. THERE ARE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TICKETS TO THE LUNCHEON AVAILABLE.
Starting at noon or shortly there after just outside of the Finish Line in the Pelee Island Winery Pavillion
Proposed 2017 Finish line Luncheon Menu- Vernon’s Tap and Grill from Kingsville
Station #1 Assorted Wraps, Assorted Meat Tray, Assorted Fruit Tray, Assorted Veggie Trays
Station #2 Perch, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Stuffed Chicken, Assorted Pita Chips and Dips
Station #3 Garden Salad, Potato Salad, Quinoa Salad, Pasta Salad, Assorted Bean Salad
Station #4 Assorted Kabobs – Pork-Chicken-Vegetarian- Grilled Asparagus –Corn on the Cob
This event would never happen without the support and committment to exvcellence from our naming sponsor the Pelee Island Winery.
History is predominant when one speaks of Pelee Island Winery and the vineyards on the island. The tradition of winning awards for its wines, on both a national and international level, continues since receiving a medal in 1878 in Paris. The first estate winery in Canada, Vin Villa was founded in the 1860’s and can still be seen on the island today. Vineyards on Pelee Island enjoy more heat units than Bordeaux, France due to the tempering effect of the lake that surrounds it. The extended growing season of Canada’s most southern inhabited island allows our grapes to reach their full potential and maturity. All these factors of sun, soil, climate and southern latitude sum up to help create an internationally recognized viticultural region.
Since 1982, the production facilities have been located on the mainland in Kingsville. Visitors are invited to visit our extensive retail store and take a comprehensive tour of the winemaking establishment. On the island we offer an equally exciting experience, where one can also take a tour, taste our wines in the vineyard and enjoy a barbecued lunch in the wine garden at our wine pavilion overlooking Lake Erie.
For more information: www.peleeisland.com
This is a very unique race after all it is Canada's Most Southern Half Marathon and it takes place on an Island in the middle of Lake Erie bordering the United States. Epic water battles from the War of 1812 took place just off the west side of island. This half marathon goes 7/8ths around the island and ends in a huge party inside of the Pelee Island Winery!
The Course is a mixture of road top conditions. In the new course detailed below, the first 5K is paved(Tar & Chip), the next 8K is gravel on the east side of the island. The last 8K is also back to paved roads and into the winery for an epic finish.
New Changes in 2017
We are reversing direction and the Start is near the Vin Villa Miniature and travels counter clockwise around the Island, ending inside the Winery. The change allows you to run the last 6Km on the west side of the island with a beautiful view of the water and a cooling prodominetly westerly wind.
There are Aid Stations every 2K with a Port-A-John (with hand sanitizer), RunningFlat Fuel (Infinit) and Water. There are new chillers at every aid station to make sure the water is cold throughout the course. Also at each Aid Station is a runners aid-kit with Vasoline and bandaids.
Welcome to Pelee Island, Canada's most southern inhabited Community. Here is a quick overview to get you familiarized with Pelee Island.
In 2016 we fielded a record 406 runners which translated into 807 visiters to the island for the race, that includes the Runners, Families, Friends and our RunningFlat Crew!
I always say, "Pelee Island is no Vegas!" Pelee has all the basic necessities... if you're looking for extravagant things, this is not the place!
The island is 34 km around the perimeter. Over half of the Island is farmed, while 20% of the Island has been set aside for conservation. There are lots of beaches and forests, and waterfront cottages. The population fluctuates seasonally. The community has a Co-Op (519)724-2910 which serves as Post Office, Grocery Store, Gas Station & Hardware Store, and is open most days 9am-2pm.
There is NO Bank on the island. U.S. Visitors should exchange money prior to visit, however, most businesses accept USD
There is NO ATM Machine on the island. Most establishments accept major credit cards or debit, and the LCBO offers cash back with purchase.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) enforce the law on our Island. The office is located at 1045 West Shore Rd. and an officer can be reached by calling (519)724-2181 or 911 if it's an emergency
Medical Clinic staff and Ambulance Service are on duty on the island
The roads on Pelee are narrow, and some are gravel. Please allow enough room for bicycles and vehicles traveling in the opposite direction.
Camping is allowed ONLY IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUNDS such as the East Park Campgrounds and The Anchor & Wheel Campgrounds
Pelee has a variety of Bed and Breakfasts around the island, ranging from quaint and homey to higher end Bed & Breakfasts.
The Wandering Pheasant Inn can accommodate approximately 28 guests, offering B&B rooms from $115.00/night or suites at $175.00 per night; visit on the web at www.thewanderingpheasantinn.com or call 519 724 2270 for further information
For a list of other accommodations visit the web at www.pelee.org click “enter” then, “accommodations”.
Pelee Island has 25-30 Cottage Rentals, book your cottage for your group and enjoy the comforts of your own space. Please see www.explorepelee.com and check out Accommodations.
Traveling to Pelee Island you'll have to take the ferry from the Leamington Terminal. Each sailing is 1.5 hours and passengers with vehicles are required to be at ferry terminal 1 hour prior to sailing.
Ferry Departures (each sailing is 1.5 hours):
Leamington to Pelee Sailings
Pelee Island to Leamington Sailings
8am, 12noon, 4pm, Fri/Sunday 10:30pm
Cost for Ferry:
$7.50/adult walk-on passenger one-direction
$16.50/regular vehicle one-direction
If bringing your vehicle you must call 1-800-661-2220 in advance to reserve your vehicle March 1st, 2017. Reservations are not required for walk-on passengers. If you do not have a vehicle, there is a taxi service Explore Pelee (519)325-8687 that can drive you to and from your destinations once on Pelee Island.
Sandusky to Pelee Sailings
Friday only, 8:30 pm, arrive 10:15 pm
Pelee Island to Sandusky Sailings
Sunday only, 6pm, arrive 7:45pm
Cost for Ferry:
$13.75/adult walk-on passenger one-direction
$30.00/regular vehicle one-direction
If you do not have a vehicle, there is a taxi service Explore Pelee(519)325-8687 that can drive you to and from your destinations once on Pelee Island. Cost is $15 flat rate for anywhere on Pelee Island for up to 3ppl, $5/person above and beyond that. Pre-booking your taxi is recommended and flexibility is appreciated, as the taxi service has 3 vehicles to service the island.
There is a ferry service that we suggest you call and get your vehicle reservation before you book your lodging. 1-800-661-2220. If you do not have a vehicle, there is a taxi service Explore Pelee(519)325-8687 that can drive you to and from your destinations once on Pelee Island. There is also an international airport on Pelee to land your private plane. Pelee Island International Airport Please contact them to make arrangements for your arrival.
Explore Pelee is a great local eco-tourism company that offers Island Motor Tours, Biking Tours, Cottage Rentals & Shuttle Service. (519)325-8687
Comfortech Bicycle Shop by West Dock. Bike Rental Costs $20/day/bike or $8/hour/bike. For other bike rental inquiries please contact (519) 724-2828.
Pelee Island Heritage Centre- a local museum with human and natural history on the island. Costs $3/person for entrance fees. Also new last year, a Kite Museum inside the Heritage Centre.
Pelee Island Winery- offers wine tours and wine tastings. Tours start at 12, 2, 4 & 6pm. (519)724-2469 for tour times, as they may vary depending on boat schedule.
Pelee Island Bird Observatory- offers guided bird walks during birding season at Fish Point Nature Reserve. As well as, environmental field trips and cottage rental. (519) 724-2829.
Pelee Island Art Works- Pelee has some art shops and a clothing store, as well as places to buy souvenirs.
Down the Lane Clothing Boutique- Women's clothing store and ice cream shop beside. Located close to west dock, great for summer wear, jewelry and gifts.
Fishing Charters- please see www.explorepelee.com in the Links section
Hope this information gets you started and gives you an idea of what Pelee Island has to offer. Let us know if you have any further questions.
Anne Marie Fortner, BA, EXA
Owner of Explore Pelee
Most of all this is an exotic Race on an Island in the middle of Lake Erie! So have Fun!
June 3 10:00 AM EDT - Start time
June 3 12:00 PM EDT - Finish line Luncheon