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By Sarah Ward
December 07, 2019
By Sarah Ward
December 07, 2019

Enjoying a glass of wine might come with plenty of medical benefits, but having a tipple isn't typically an exercise-heavy pastime. You sit. You drink. You get up, top up your beverage and repeat. You usually don't walk particularly far, let alone run.

Then came the Grapest 5K run, a series of wine-tasting fun runs that kicked off around Australia in 2017. Asking participants to put in the hard yards before getting some boozy rewards, it was such a hit that it returned in 2018 and 2019 — and yes, it's coming back for another round in 2020.

How does it work? Grapest consists of two sections. First, you sprint, jog or set forth at whatever pace suits you best, making your way through scenic vineyard surroundings. Then, you walk another kilometre — yes, in addition to the first five, or ten if you're feeling extra energetic — while stopping at tasting stations along the way and sampling the good stuff. The latter part, they're calling a "wine waddle".

Don't worry, if you're not up to the active stuff and you're simply keen on wandering and sipping, that's an option (although it does defeat the idea of combining fitness with throwing back drinks). So is enjoying three hours of live entertainment without running or drinking.

Whichever you choose, 2020's event is scheduled for Saturday, October 10 at Leura Park Estate in Geelong.

And, in line with the times, it'll be limited to 500 people.

Updated June 20, 2020.

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