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Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon 2018
The Most Exclusive Half Marathon in the World



Yes the June 2018 Race is SOLD OUT!

Welcome to the sixth 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 400 participants, who will enjoy the beauty of running around this pristine island, with Aid Stations and Port-A-John approximtely 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.

2018 Results 2017 Results  2016 Results   2015 Results   2014 Results   2013 Results  

The Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon tradition is that the shirt/hoodie and medal 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 to 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 2018 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!

Registration fees

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  • includes one finish line party ticket

    1. CA$160.00
      Jul 28 – Dec 31
    2. CA$170.00
      Jan 1 – Mar 30
    3. CA$180.00
      Mar 31 – May 31

Race Kit Pick Up

Race Kit Pick Up is inside the Pelee Island Winery.  Make your way over to the Winery to pick up your bib and sample some great wines!


 Special Thanks to our Course Sponsor SUNSET Produce


Finish Line Luncheon Detail

The Greatest Race After Party in Running


Starting at noon or shortly there after just outside of the Finish Line in the Pelee Island Winery Pavillion

Proposed 2018 Finish line Luncheon Menu- Catered by 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

All about Pelee Island Winery

This event would never happen without the support and committment to excellence 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:



All About The Course

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.

In 2018, we will continue to reverse direction so 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 approximately 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.

Explore Pelee Island

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.

Island Information

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

Island Dining

Scudder Beach Bar and Grill - 325 North Shore Road

Westview Restaurant- 519 724-2500- located across from the west dock on WestShore Rd, 

Anchor & Wheel Restaurant- 519 724-2195- Caribbean vibe, seafood, buffet, large new patio

Conorlee's Bakery & Catering-519 724-2321- Gourmet food, healthy, fresh, organic options, pizza Thurs-Sunday night, great coffee


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 or call 519 724 2270 for further information

For a list of other accommodations visit the web at click “enter” then, “accommodations”.

Cottage Rentals:

Pelee Island has 25-30 Cottage Rentals, book your cottage for your group and enjoy the comforts of your own space. Please see and check out Accommodations.

Pelee Island has no official booking system. If you are experiencing difficulty finding accommodations and would like some assistance, please call Explore Pelee @ (519)325-TOUR (8687) or email and for $30 Booking Fee we would be happy to find you accommodations on Pelee and do the phoning around for you!

Island Tours:

Explore Pelee would like to an extend an offer to runners to book island tours, discounted to $20 per person ($30/person value). Offering tours on the Friday before the race at 12pm and 2pm or Sunday after the race at 12pm and 2pm again. Tours may be requested at

Ferry Transportation & Taxi

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

10am, 6pm

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 within the first couple of days in March, 2018. Please check the website for the exact date you can begin calling.  Be prepared to wait on the line for at least 30 minutes.  It is a very busy calling day.  First come first serve and spots are limited.  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 

Taxi Services:

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.

Air Transportation

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.

Pelee Attractions

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 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
(519)325-TOUR (8687)

Have Fun

Most of all this is an exotic Race on an Island in the middle of Lake Erie!   So have Fun!

Event Schedule

  • June 2 10:00 AM EDT - Start time

  • June 2 12:00 PM EDT - Finish line Luncheon

Contact Information

Event Location

Pelee Island, ON, Canada

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