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A worthy reason to run!

You can’t run it naked, but your joy will be unconfined as you gambol your way over the gentle rolling hills, serene shady valleys and ‘a-year-in-Provence’-worthy vineyards of Pegasus Bay Winery, to help raise funds for Canterbury’s own world-renowned New Zealand Brain Research Institute.



The gorgeous and fun Vine Run is back once again better than ever, and will next be held on Sunday 26 January 2020. There is a 6km, 10km and a brand new 18km race. Walkers are very welcome on the 6 and 10km routes, but note that the courses are not suitable for wheeled conveyances in any form. There are no age categories within the races, with the emphasis being firmly on fun for everyone.

Literally the brainchild of Ivan Donaldson, co-owner of Pegasus Bay along with wife Christine, the inspiration for this great event was his career as a neurologist and long association with the amazing New Zealand Brain Research Institute.


“We’re working hard to make 2020 our best Vine Run yet,” event organiser Mike Donaldson says. “Last year we raised $26,000 for the institute and we’re aiming to do even better this time. To help beat the heat, we’ve brought the start time forward a little and will also have a marquee at the finish to encourage people to stay on after the race and celebrate. There’s a great opportunity here for corporates to sign up as a group, and we hope as many people as possible will get in the spirit by dressing up.”


You can step up your contribution to the New Zealand Brain Research Institute by becoming a ‘Brainy Runner’ – if your fundraising effort tops $300, you will receive a Brainy Runner Vine Run sports top and there are prizes for the top three Brainy Runners on the day. There will be live music at the finish line, so bring a picnic or enjoy the catering options of Pegasus Bay.

Entries are limited and each participant aged 18+ receives a bottle of Pegasus Bay wine to take away. The first three males and females home in each race receive a prize, and there are spot prizes too. Visit for more information, course descriptions, registration and Brainy Runner registration.




Pegasus Bay Vine Run

Supporting a good cause: Pegasus Bay Vine Run + Win with Metropol

If you fancy a run/walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay followed by live music and a glass of wine all while supporting a worthy cause then you won’t want to miss out on the Pegasus Bay Vine Run.


Pegasus Bay Vine Run


After a successful inaugural event (earlier this year) the second Pegasus Bay Vine Run will be held on Sunday, 27 January 2019.
Created to raise funds for the New Zealand Brain Research Institute and organised by the Donaldson family of Pegasus Bay Winery, registration for the event is now open. “My father, who is the driving force behind it all, practised as a neurologist in Christchurch for 30 years, while also setting up the winery,” Mike Donaldson says.


Choose to run or walk a 6km or 10km option.


“As a founding member of the institute, he decided on a fun family event to raise funds for the cause, where people can choose to run or walk a 6km or 10km option, bring a picnic and enjoy a day out.”

Tickets are $75 each and include a bottle of trophy wine to take away. Register for the event on or email Mike at


Win With Metropol

Metropol has two double passes to the Pegasus Bay Vine Rut to giveaway to some lucky readers. Enter at Winners will be drawn Monday 3 December.