Proving its popularity, the Wineglass Half Marathon sells out in record time.
A total of 3,500 runners registered beating last year’s sell out date by 15 days, and that’s with an added 300 slots.
Registration opened December 1, 2016 and sold out April 13, 2017. It’s the 36th year it’s taking place.
Just because it sold out doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve lost your chance at running this race.
The race director says don’t be afraid to get on the waitlist.
“Last year, we had a very robust waitlist, and we were able to clear and get everybody in that wanted to,” Sheila Sutton said.
The race has been recognized a few times winning a handful of awards.
It’s particularly popular with women making up 70 percent of the demographic.
Sutton explains why it’s also a popular repeat race.
“Well, one the name, ‘Wine.'” Sutton said. “Wine always is appealing (laughs). We’re a great destination. A great girl’s weekend. It’s a nice, easy course for a first-timer that wants to take on that new challenge.”
The flat lands make it a little easier to run a personal best. It’s also a great Boston Marathon qualifier if you’re interested in doing the full marathon which spots are still open for.
The Gaffer District says the runners aren’t just here for the race though.
They enjoy what the region has to offer making it an extended stay therefore helping the local economy.
“They’re here for more than just the weekend, and they discover what an incredible downtown and a beautiful region this is,” Coleen Fabrizi, executive director of the Gaffer District, said. “They end up going home and telling all their friends and family, so it’s a great, great boom for the entire area.”
If you’d like to get on the waitlist for the half, you can go to wineglassmarathon.com.
For the full marathon, there about 500 spots left, but register quick because the price goes up May 1.