Part wine tour, part fun run, timing isn’t everything for the Half Corked Marathon. In fact, timing isn’t even recorded, with the warning that ‘if you come first, you’ve actually lost.’ The most important aspect of this run, you see, is to have FUN. And the organisers make that easy to do, with as many as 19 wine tasting stops along the 19km route through the vineyards of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country in southern British Columbia.
Covered in 36 inches of ice and rippled with recently fallen snow, Pigeon Lake, near Edmonton, is an unlikely spot for a golfing tournament. But add in 240 golfers, 27 holes and buckets of brightly coloured balls and you have the most brr-illiant way to embrace the end of winter.