300 runners conquered the wine cellars of Cricova


The underground galleries of Cricova Winery were overrun by hundreds of runners who took part in Cricova Wine Run 2018. Along the 10-km route, which ran both at a depth of 100 meters and outside the dungeon, amateur and professional sportsmen were met by folk ensembles, national craftsmen and „Masă Mare” – a large table, where sportsmen could taste some of the Moldovan cuisine and drink a cup of mulled wine. The social sport organization Sporter decided to combine both sports and wine cultures, and to present the traditions and national peculiarities during the event. The distance was conquered by 300 runners from Moldova and other countries.


The fastest among men were:

  1. 1. Liviu Croitoru  – 0:35:29.5
  2. 2. Clayton Strycker  – 0:39:28.4
  3. 3. Vrabii Andrei  – 0:40:00.6

The first women to cross the finish line were:

  1. 1. Sacara Zinaida  – 0:43:19.7
  2. 2. Svetlana Sepeliova – 0:43:36.8
  3. 3. Mihaela Botnari – 0:44:03.4

First time, Cricova Wine Run was held on January 31, 2016, and was attended by 200 runners from different countries of the world. On January 29, 2017, took place the second official race through Cricova underground galleries, gathering 300 amateur and professional runners.


The third edition of Cricova Wine Run was held by the social sport organisation Sporter and the largest classifieds website in Moldova 999.md, with the support of Cricova Winery and the Moldova Competitiveness Project, funded by USAID and the Government of Sweden. Cricova Wine Run 2018 takes place under the umbrella of the national touristic brand “Tree of Life” and the national wine brand “Wine of Moldova – a Legend Alive”.


We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our partners, who contributed to the success of this major event, and specifically to: official car Hyundai, official water Aqua UniQua, sportswear shop Multisport, supermarket Fourchette Gourmet, official partner Puma, sportswear shop 21K Sports and Black&White Dance Center.