I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the AH-MAY-ZING Covert Farms Family Estate last fall, which is north of Oliver, British Columbia. Gene Covert, the proprietor and winemaker, gave the media group I was with a special tour of his spectacular property (it’s 650-acres!) in a beautifully restored, cherry red pick-up truck, followed by a delightful sampling of a few of Covert’s tasty wines (the vineyard is actually certified organic).
In addition to offering a selection of top-quality wines, farming organic fruits and vegetables—like fresh field tomatoes, sweet onions, sweet corn, muskmelons and table grapes, and offering customers the opportunity to “pick-your-own,” Covert Farms is very well known for its Freak’n Farmer adventure obstacle course race, inspired by arduous farm tasks (it was featured on The Amazing Race Canada).
Now, there is NO WAY that I would ever put myself through such an ordeal, but this event is extremely popular. And it’s in its fifth year.
Presented by Penticton Home Hardware and coordinated by Hoodoo Adventures and Covert Farms, this year’s Freak’n Farmer adventure obstacle course race will take place on Saturday, September 24th.
The day-long event, fit for the whole family, features 5K, 10K and 20K obstacle course races, along with two races geared to children. Presented by Kubota Canada, the 3K Little Freak’n Farmer (for kids ages 6 to 12 years) and the .75K Mini Freak’n Farmer (for kids ages 3 to 6 years) will provide fun for little adventurers.
In addition to acres of obstacles, Covert Farms will also play host to a post-race BBQ featuring delicious farm-to-table offerings. Wine tastings will be provided by the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association; local breweries will also raise a glass to the event with beer tastings. Live music will entertain the crowd throughout the day.
All obstacles for the Freak’n Farmer are “covert” until the day of the event; 25 obstacles will be featured throughout the course.
Spectators are welcome to catch the action with hop-on/hop-off farm transportation available by donation with partial proceeds going to a local charity. A $25 spectator fee includes lunch and a glass with two tickets to sample local wine and beer.
For out of town participants, Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos (I stayed there and it is fab!) is offering special Freak’n Farmer rates for accommodation on September 23 and 24. Guests can call the resort directly to request the Freak’n Farmer rates by quoting ID#2250.
Registration costs to participate in the obstacle races vary based on course and age group. For more information and to sign up (as individuals or teams, or to purchase a spectator ticket), please visit: freaknfarmer.com.
UPDATE: Sorry folks! The event is now sold out for racers, but spectators are still welcome.