I hear her coming up behind me. The sound of running shoes padding along a dirt trail winding through the vineyards of British Columbia’s Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country has become familiar to me as I run the Half Corked Marathon. This unlikely annual event sees participants wearing elaborate costumes trot along an 18-km route through the vineyards, stopping every kilometer for a wine tasting.
Already, I’ve been overtaken by folks dressed as a synchronized swim team, the rock band, Kiss, a fruit salad and a pair of runaway brides, so I don’t mind Barbie-in-a-box leaving me in the dust. After all, as the organizers will tell you, winning the Half Corked Marathon is not the objective -- in fact, if you cross the finish line first, you’ve missed the point.Read More