Now in its second year, the series offers runners of all ages the opportunity to challenge themselves over 5 km, 10 km or 18 km of trails across the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Bot River. There will be nine events, with the first one on Saturday being hosted by Wine Village and those following by eight local wine estates.
All nine of the trail runs start promptly at 08:30. Entry fees vary from R70 to R180 per event, with R20 being donated towards supporting local initiatives and charities. Kids under 10 can enter for free. After each run, participants will be able to taste wines from the participating wine estate. This year, beer tastings, courtesy of the Hemel-en-Aarde Brewery, will also be offered.
“Imagine leaving your footprints on wine farms that are producing some of the top award-winning wines. And afterwards, you can enjoy food, beer and, of course, wine with your family and friends while the kids get to play,” says organiser Bianca le Roux.
As an added incentive, everyone who enters all nine events will receive a nine-bottle gift, comprising one wine from each estate plus one chosen by the Wine Village. The first 100 runners to enter four races or more will also receive a free running vest, while the first 10 runners to enter seven runs or more will get a free running vest and hydration pack.
The dates for the 2019 series are: 25 May (Wine Village), 29 June (Wildekrans), 27 July (Newton Johnson), 10 August (Spookfontein), 21 September (Sumaridge), 26 October (Bosman Hermanus), 30 November (La Vierge), 7 December (Hermanuspietersfontein) and 14 December (Benguela Cove).
Please note that course lengths will vary slightly at each event depending on the terrain. For more information, go to www.vinetovalley.co.za or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org