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Thistle Meadow Wine Run 5k

Sat August 12, 2023 Laurel Springs, NC 28644 US Directions



9:00AM EDT
Open to ages 1 - 99.


Like Running or Walking?  Love Wine?  This race is for you! 

Join us on Saturday, August 12th, 2023 at 9:00am for an exciting annual event that features the amazing scenery and landscape of Thistle Meadow Winery!  Whether you are looking to run, walk or just enjoy the wine this race is a sure thing for a great time and an incredible experience!  This race is timed and scored by J3 Timing.  Results will be posted at

Registration Includes:

  • T-shirt:  Super Soft Ring Spun Cotton t-shirt included! 
  • Wine Glass: Shatterproof, Collapsible, and Portable!
  • Finisher Medal: A bottle stopper, corkscrew, and keychain lanyard all in one!
  • Race Bib: Chip timed 5k run/walk
  • Results Posted Online
  • ...and of course, a pour of wine!

Race Swag


Lodging and Entertainment

This is a great destination event for Wine Lovers and Runners alike, so we have secured a hotel discount for Wine Run Participants!

We suggest the Alleghany Inn located at 341 North Main Street, Sparta, NC.  Make sure to mention code "Wine23" when you are booking online (click here) or call direct at 336-372-2501

Please check back closer to the event for Restaurant Discounts and boxed brunch items that will be available on race day.

Additional Entertainment

FOOD TRUCKS:  On Site from 12-5pm

LIVE MUSIC:  at the winery from 1-4pm

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE:  Will be performed at the winery by the local community Theatre

AFTERNOON ART CLASS:  At the Winery (details coming soon)


Thistle Meadow Winery
102 Thistle Meadow
Laurel Springs, NC US 28644

Course Map

The race starts and finishes at the winery.  This is mostly a paved road route and feature a solid climb of 260 feet during the first mile of the course.   But it is out and back, so you're rewarded with a fast downhill in the final mile!

Click Here for an interactive map


Team Bonuses

Refer Friends = Earn Wine Bonuses

How It Works:

1) When registering, create a Team Name for your group.  Create a password (and write it down!)

2) Tell all your friends to sign up for the race!  (be sure to give them your team name and password)

3) If you have a team of 10 the team leader will receive 1 bottle of wine at the specified winery.

4) If you have a team of 20 the team leader will receive a total of 5 bottles of wine at the specific winery.



Free Race Pics Available for Download at all of our events!!! 



Let's Do This!

Charity Partner

We are excited to announce that the charity partner for this event is Alleghany Wellness Center!

The mission of the Alleghany Wellness Center, Inc. is to provide the people of Alleghany County and surrounding areas the opportunity to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles through health education, medically-supervised programs, and facilities for physical activities and recreation.

For more information click here!

Age Group Awards and More Info!

This event will be offering Age Group Awards!  In addition to scoring all of the great swag listed above, the top 3 finishers in each age category also receives a custom age group award!   

10 Year Categories: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & Over

Important details: 

  • Competitive Runners, please start with the first group to be eligible for an age group awards. 
  • If your event has wave start times, age group winners must start with the first wave to be eligible for a pin. 
  • There will be no age group ceremony.  Please look up your results at after finishing and if you placed top 3 in your category please visit the registration table to pick up your award.
  • Age Group pins will be available for pickup 1 hour after the start of the first wave - age group awards are only available the day of the event and will not be available for shipment once the event has concluded.


  • Is the race only for 21+? No, minors are welcome to participate and receive a discounted registration that includes a shirt, medal and bib (these participants will not receive a wine glass or a wine pour). The winery will also have have a giant JENGA and giant Connect 4!
  • Are strollers allowed? You are welcome to use a stroller for this event but it is not recommended due to uneven ground on the course and children in strollers can participate for free and do not need to register.
  • Is walking allowed? Yes absolutely!  We have many walkers, joggers, and run/walkers at this event!
  • Is the race dog friendly? Yes, dogs are allowed to attend on a leash but are NOT allowed inside the tasting room.
  • I still have questions, who do I contact?  If you have a question, someone else probably does too.  Use the contact form on this page, we'd love to hear from you!

Packet Pickup and Travel Accommodations

Packet Pickup has been updated to Race Day Only and will open an hour before the event starts.

Travel Accommodations: Looking to travel for this event? If you are traveling from out of town we recommend staying here

Food Truck and Entertainment

More information to come soon!


Can I Participate Virtually?

Absolutely!  We have been getting many inquiries about virtual participation and have integrated a virtual option into our regular registration.

Please feel free to register through the regular registration link above and you can either: 

1) Pick up packet during packet pickup or on the morning of the race, but run on your own (hint:  wine ticket is still good if you use this strategy)

2) Contact us at any time to switch to the Virtual Wine Run 5k and we'll ship your packet (NEW for 2023: There will be a $10.00 shipping and handling charge for this option)

Also, if you intend on running, but later change your mind and would like to do either of these options, that's ok too!  If you are definitely going to have us ship your packet and run virtually though, we do recommend you follow the instructions below:

1). Go to and log into your account.

2). Click on "Manage Registration" next to this race.

3). On the next page click on transfer to another race and choose the virtual wine run race.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

North Carolina Wine Run 5k Series

Love visiting awesome wineries?  Select the Bundle option and score 20% off multiple events (or see the vineyard stomp pass below)

*Please Note: choose "No Shirt" as your T-shirt option on the 2nd event and score another $5 off!

August 12th:  Thistle Meadow Winery, Laurel Springs (Click Here for Details)

August 13th:  Round Peak Vineyards, Mt Airy (Click Here for Details)

October 8th:  Divine Llama Vineyards, East Bend (Click Here for Details)

October 21st:  Golden Road Vineyards,  State Rd (Click Here for Details)

December 9th:  Serre Vineyards, Mt Airy (Click Here for Details)



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