Saturday May 1st, 2021 Sip happens!
Behold multitasking at its best – one of life’s greatest pleasures—drinking wine—has been combined with a bit of healthy outdoor exercise. The Grapest 5K Run, the star of Australia’s 2021 running (and wine connoisseur) calendar, is set to descend on award-winning winery Leura Park Estate for the third year, in the spectacular heart of The Bellarine, with a wine-based fun run on Saturday, May 1.
If you’re looking for a little extra motivation to start exercising and blast off those Covid kilos, a wine-based fun run might be just what you need. But you'll have to put in the hard yards before you get your red and white rewards. Imagine it - you’ve run, walked, and skipped your way through the vines, and by the time you’ve hit the ‘Wine Waddle’ for your cool down, you’ve totally forgotten you even worked up a sweat!
The fun kicks off at 1pm and will involve staggered starts to ensure a Covid-safe environment is in place for the run. Participants can choose to circumnavigate dams and vines around the stunning winery course on either a 5km or 10km run. For those whose mojo doesn’t include running as a highlight, the 1km Wine Waddle has you covered. Along the way, all ‘Grapesters’ will get to taste eight wines and ciders at various stations. The finale of the day will see some great food, wine and live music on offer to bring the Grapest gang together to relax and enjoy.
The Grapest 5K Run event has enjoyed fantastic success over the years, delivering a truly unique fitness and wine-tasting experience at vineyards right across the country. Wine-loving fitness enthusiasts have made their way through some of Australia’s most iconic and picturesque wine regions, from Victoria to NSW and South Australia, Queensland to Western Australia, Canberra and Tassie, and now our wine-loving runners are once more set to get a taste of this unparalleled experience in the Geelong Wine Region.
The ticket price will include lots of useful things you’ll need on the day – a custom wine glass attached to a lanyard, a Grapest wrist band and the unique ‘Sip Happens’ bottle stopper finisher’s medal. And don’t forget the live-band after-party featuring legendary local band Test Pilot Molly.
For detailed information please visit the offical Grapest Run Website
The Grapest 5K Run is an 18+ Event
This means that NO-ONE under the age of 18 is allowed to be present at the after party, including but not limited to small children, babies, toddlers & school children. This is due to the consumption of alcohol.
Partners are more then welcome to come and spectate the run, however if you choose to stay on for the entertainment, you'll need to purchase a GIG ticket.
Photo ID: Your photo ID is required at registration to participate in the event or buy any alcohol. No ID? No running or drinking...oh dear!
REGISTRATION opens at 11.30pm
RACE BRIEF at approx 12.45pm
RUN - Those with 'Wine Waddle only' tickets start the waddle at approx 1.00PM. The 10k Run starts about 5 minutes afterwards, then the 5K run starts 5 minutes after that.
BAND fires up at approx 2.00pm until 5.30pm with breaks.
What will I need to bring?
- Confirmation email with QR Code & ID
- $5 CASH for car parking (Proceeds to go RMH)
- Signed waiver, found on the website
- Sensible footwear for off-road running
- Wide brimmed hat or cap
- Clothing that is appropriate for the weather
- Sealed water - no more than 1.5L
- CASH for food, wine and merchandise purchases
- A whole bunch of friends to have a grape day out!
- 'Custom Wine Cup & Lanyard'*
- 'Custom Finishers Medal'*
- 3 hour Live Band
- 8 Wine Tastings*
- Current Wine Selectors Magazine
- 4.5 hours of grape fun
* (Not included in Band only tickets)
There are 3 ticket type options.
To purchase tickets please click here
Please make sure prior to registering that you can totally commit to participating!
There will be NO REFUNDS, but we can TRANSFER you to another Grapest event of your choice!
By registering for this event you accept that the organisers reserve the right to cancel or postpone (if possible) the event at their discretion due to, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, terrorism, acts of God, insufficient participants, safety issues or any other reason the organisers deem reasonable. If the event needs to be rescheduled, registrations will be honoured for the next event.
Food & Drink
Food and drink options are available for purchase on the day, including vegetarian & gluten-free food options. Make sure to bring along some cash if you want to purchase any food or drink at the event. This section is managed by the vineyard.
No BYO alcohol or food is permitted at the Venue.
No alcohol is to be consumed before your run
There will be no bag drop at this venue – your vehicle will be very close to the course, so we recommend that you keep most of your belongings locked in your vehicle.
We will, however, have an envelope drop area. You will be able to seal your Drivers Licence and car keys in an envelope, and provide a password to enable you to collect it at the end of the day. All care will be taken, but no responsibility will be accepted for lost personal items.
When participating in a Grapest 5K Run, you should expect an off-road terrain course, which means this may be rough and rugged under-foot, dusty and/or muddy, depending on the weather conditions at each event. Some courses may use sections of the road or have a road-crossing, or use an adjoining estate.
Depending on each vineyard's harvest requirements, some may permit running/walking through the vines, and others may use the exterior ground around the vines and vineyard property, and adjoining properties.
Please ensure you bring the correct footwear to accommodate all terrains. Please note: The 10km course will be 2 x laps of the 5km course.
There is an array of different accommodation options in the surrounding area including:
- Novotel Geelong
- Rydges Geelong
- Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong
Please visit the Grapest 5km Run website for FAQ