Inaugural Pelee Island Half Marathon – The Southernmost Half Marathon in Canada

Posted: Dec 19, 2012 In: News With: 0 comments



RunningFlat and Pelee Island Winery team up to offer a unique running experience—an island run through one of Canada’s oldest grape growing regions.

Pelee Island, Ontario, December 18, 2012 —RunningFlat has just announced the newest race in its series. On June 2, 2013, runners will have the opportunity to run Canada’s southernmost half marathon, the Pelee Island Winery half marathon.

The 13.1-mile (21 km) course will run around the island, starting near the west dock and finishing at the Pelee Island Winery. The race is limited to 300 runners, providing them with a scenic route around one of Canada’s oldest grape growing regions with picturesque views of Lake Erie, pristine Carolinian nature reserves, and acres of vineyards.

“Pelee Island is a gem in Lake Erie that is sure to attract runners from all over the hemisphere. It is a truly remote destination run filling the island with runners and tourists,” said Chris Uszynski, race director.

Runners and their families can enjoy a weekend away on the island and arrive via ferry, private plane, or private boat. Accommodations available include renting a cottage, staying at a Bed and Breakfast, or camping.

Pelee Island Winery is a fixture on the Island and will be hosting the runner’s luncheon at the finish line of the race.

Registration and Pricing – 
Registration opens on December 19, 2012 at 9 am EST. Runners can get more information at, and

 – For more information go to or contact Chris Uszynski at 519-980-5440 or

About Pelee Island Winery
Pelee Island Winery is located on the mainland in Kingsville and was founded in 1979. With more than 700 acres planted on Pelee Island, it is the most southerly vineyard in Canada. The Pelee Island Winery Pavilion located on Pelee Island is the hub of the island activity in the fair weather season. The Pavilion hosts everything from self-grilled picnics at the BBQ hut with live music to group functions in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. It takes 1-2 full days to explore the 10,000-acre natural treasure that is Pele Island. More information about the winery can be found at

About RunningFlat                     
RunningFlat is a race series that is entering its 8th year in operation. It is organized and directed by avid runner Chris Uszynski. The race series began with an annual ultra marathon World Alzheimer’s Day Run that was organized and run by Chris himself. RunningFlat has since converted the ultramarathon run, into the Day for Heroes marathon. Early bird registration opens on December 19 at 9 am EST for this event. The marathon will take place on Saturday, September 22 in Amherstburg, Ontario. The race is one of the flattest and fastest Boston Qualifiers in the world with almost 20% of runners who ran in 2012 qualifying for the 2013 Boston Marathon. Run For Heroes marathon is expected to fill up early with a limit of 3,000 entries. The course is very flat and scenic. It runs through Historic Fort Malden the epicenter of the War of 1812. This event has raised over $135,000 for local caregiver support programs through the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex.

About the Author

Peter Donato

Peter Donato is the Founder of and has remained active year after year. A former competitive tennis and golf player, he has completed 16 marathons, five in Boston, dozens of adventure races, one Warrior Dash, and many triathlons and cycling races. His racing highlights include a 2:49 Marathon P.B., an Ironman Triathlon, a full Marathon in a Mascot outfit (Jefferson) where he broke the Guinness Record, and cycling solo from Rome to Venice. He and Jefferson live, work and play near Lake Ontario in Toronto.

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