Santa Barbara and the adjoining Santa Ynez Valley offer the ideal destination running experience. Early May is the ideal time to visit this haven for active life-stylers and wine enthusiasts. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the area has plenty to offer; beaches, historic towns and missions, abundant wineries and tasting rooms.  The Santa Ynez Valley is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre mountains amongst rollings hills dotted with horse ranches, fruit orchards and vineyards. Each year, participants from across the country get to enjoy this spectacular course running from downtown Santa Ynez through Los Olivos into the Danish-settled town of Solvang for the post-race Wine and Music Festival.  Enjoy a weekend full of activities in this iconic setting but be warned, its habit forming and sells out early!

The SB Wine Country Half was spectacular. Far and away the best half marathon course we have ever travelled. Great course design with the rolling hills and the scenery was awesome. See you next year!  — Jean and Kevin from Tustin, CA

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon 2017

Santa Barbara and the adjoining Santa Ynez Valley offer the ideal destination running experience. Held in early May on Mother’s Day weekend, it’s the perfect time to visit this haven for outdoor recreation. The area has plenty to offer including beach and ocean activities, hiking, biking and running trails, historic towns and missions, plenty of shopping and restaurant options, and an abundance of wineries and tasting rooms. And you’ll LOVE this scenic course that runs from downtown Santa Ynez through Los Olivos into the Danish-settled town of Solvang. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a weekend full of activities in this bucolic setting and celebrate in style at the expanded post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park. Run the half marathon or the two-person relay. Form a team of six or more. Run with, or for, your mother. But be warned…this race is habit forming and sells out early!

2016 Registration selling fast!

Our new registration form and website opened on Thursday, August 19th and has been selling briskly since day one.  Changes in the new form are designed to streamline and simplify the registration process and reduce processing fees.  Please note this race sold out in early February for 2010 and we are well ahead of last years pace so make sure to get your friends, family and teammates organized and registered soon!

Expanded Wine & Music Festival

This year the popular post-race festival will be expanded to accomodate more guests.  This means more wineries, more beer plus live band, exhibitors, kids play area and more.  You MUST purchase a wine glass for entry into the wine and beer tasting area for this event but the cost is only $15 and includes wine tasting from many of the areas finest vintners and the logo glass is yours to keep.  Extra glasses may be purchased for your family and friend (21 and older) and they must be present with you to receive the glass.

Vertical Flight Award for running in all three California races!

This colorful medal from Ashworth Awards is shaped like a wine glass and highlights your accomplishment of running all three California races. If you’ve run our Santa Barbara, Napa-to-Sonoma and Healdsburg races (does not have to be consecutively or in the same year) you are eligible to receive our vertical flight award (it’s a wine term). This medal will be awarded to registered runners who complete all three California races. Email us at destinationraces@gmail.com once you complete all three and we’ll send you the award at no charge!

New Virginia race is now open for registration!

The inaugural Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon will be held on June 4, 2011. Our first venture onto the east coast, this promises to be a fantastic event.  The course is in Loudoun County and starts and finishes at two magnificant wineries, Breaux and Doukenie. Most of the course runs past historic Northern Virginia farms and estates and the scenery is gorgeous.  There are lots of fabulous pre and post-events as well.  Don’t miss this one, you can sign up now at run4virginiawine.com

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2010 Photos are posted on Brightroom.com

Thousands of pictures from the 2010 Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon can now be found online. Search by your bib number or name and view your personal photos and also search the general category for scenic and fun photos from the event. Photos from all our events are available on our own photograpraphy inspired website, winecountryhalfphotos.com

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