​6th Annual Sweat Now Wine Later Adventure Race

New Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Due to the continuing lock down of our state, and because of new factors we are just learning about, Sweat Now Wine Later will be deferred to 2021. All registrations will be honored and registration for additional participants will be open for next year once we update the form. Price increases will be deferred accordingly.


The issues driving this decision are not only related to COVID 19. The bridge at Spangler Street, NE that you cross to access the trailhead is being replaced. Had we been able to use our original date of May 2nd, we would have been okay. But the bridge will be removed and the trail will be closed beginning May 5th.


These are uncertain times and on behalf of runCanton and our partners Gervasi Vineyard, Ernie’s, Canton Parks and Recreation, Stark Parks, our volunteers and our sponsors, we hope you stay safe and healthy.


The new date for this event will be May 1, 2021. If you need to adjust your wave time or transfer your registration to another person, please email


Very truly yours,


The runCanton Team

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


Want to be recognized as a sponsor? Click here to send us an email.