​6th Annual Sweat Now Wine Later Adventure Race

Saturday, May 1, 2021


The 2021 event is on schedule. Our COVID plan has been submitted to the Canton City Health Department. Please review the COVID plan here. Spots still remain for the event, and we will re-open registration as soon as the safety protocol is approved.

Kayak your way on Nimishillen Creek from Martindale Park to the Middlebranch Trailhead at Spangler Ave, NE, roughly 1.5 mile. Hop out of the kayak and run or walk the Middlebranch Trail (~2.5 miles) to Gervasi Vineyard. Enjoy a post race gathering at Gervasi Vineyard with music and fun atmosphere.


Please note this event has a cap. There are 42 spots every 30 minutes. Once a wave sells out, it will close. There are eight waves available (see below).

What you get:

  • Custom designed short sleeve tech race shirt

  • Unique finisher medal

  • Certificate for Gervasi Vineyard wine or food

  • Finisher food and water

  • Use of a kayak, paddle and life jacket

  • Water stop

  • Free parking and transportation


The rules:

  • ALL decisions of race organizers are final

  • Rain or shine, hot or cold – the race goes on

  • Must be 12 or older to participate

  • No personal kayaks (organizers not responsible for transporting)

  • Kayak maximum weight capacity is 275 pounds

  • In the event of unsafe water conditions, this will be a trail run only (no refunds)

  • Participants will start in waves approximately 40 seconds apart

  • No interfering with fellow kayakers while on the water


Wave Start

This year's race will again feature waves starting in 30-minute increments. Register for the wave you prefer and arrive at Gervasi in enough time to pick up your packet (if you haven't already). Board the bus for your wave at least 20-minutes prior to your start time. Only those registered for a particular wave may board the bus. Waves will fill up in registration and automatically close when they are full. There will be a maximum of 40 people per wave. Register early for your preferred wave. All race day registrations will be placed in the last wave(s). Waves will be added as necessary to meet demand.


Wave     Bus Leaves

9:00           8:45

9:30           9:15

10:00         9:45

10:30         10:15

11:00         10:45

11:30         11:15

12:00         11:45

12:30         12:15

1:00           12:45

1:30             1:15

Directions to Gervasi Vineyard


Parking and Transportation

Gervasi has graciously allowed participant parking in their out lot, closest to 55th St. Due to limited space, please consider car pooling.


Transportation will be provided from Gervasi to Martindale Park.


Gear Check will be available at Martindale Park. Gear will be transported back to Gervasi.



NEW! Awards will be mailed to the top 10 overall male and female finishers. (There are no age group awards in this race.)

Gervasi Vouchers

Each registrant will receive a $10 voucher valid for food, beverage and shopping in the Marketplace. These are good from race day through the end of that week. The Bistro recommends reservations, so please use the link to Open Table. The Crush House is open to walk-ins and does not accept reservations. And the Marketplace has hundreds of items, including home decor and wine.


Questions? Please email


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