Runner Feedback

Hear what they said about the event!

2010 Feedback:

“I just participated in this race with a group of close girlfriends and we are already trying to plan for next year. Keep up the good work. We had an absolute blast!”Jessica from New York

“Great race. Great weather. Its always a fun time at your events. Good to see so many folks up for some exercise and post-race recovery “California-style”. “- Sergio Reyes, winner 2010 Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

“The race was spectacular!  The scenery of rolling hills was beautiful. Again you did an excellent job putting together a fantastic experience.” – Randee and Lauren from Park City, UT

“Beautiful course for my first 1/2! I loved it. I’ll be back!”  – Emilie from Honolulu

“My wife and I loved the course! The weather could not have been any better and it was so great having the event on Saturday so we could ‘drink in’ all the area had to offer (MAN are there a lot of tasting rooms!). Thanks for a great event!” – Darrell from Angels Camp, CA

“I will be back! Loved the course and wine tasting, had a wonderful weekend!”  – Rachel from Murrieta, CA

“I love the virtual goodie bag! Thank you for thinking of the environment!” –  Khrystle from Seattle

“Marvelous run — great weather, nice route, and the best…wine tasting afterwards!” –  Carrie from Upland, CA

“Absolutely fantastic half-marathon. Beautiful course, enthusiastic spectators and an all-around great city. See you next year!”  – Tobie from Los Angeles

“Wow, another successful event. That was an absolutely fantastic race. Glad to be a part of it.” – Alelia from Green Consultants in Santa Barbara

“I wanted to commend you on the excellent event this past weekend in Santa Ynez. We really enjoyed the course and the fanfare surrounding the event.” –  Angie from San Diego

“Thank you for everything!! Our owner was very pleased with the event and next year we will have a bigger presence. Cheers!” – Evan with Firestone Walker Brewing Company Paso Robles

2009 Feedback:

“The most beautiful course I’ve ever run!”
—Emily from Valencia, CA

“Coming into the finish line with applauding crowds was great. The wine festival was fun and the friendly local people make this a wonderful destination.”
—Jennifer from Long Beach, CA

“It’s my favorite race. Challenging, beautiful, open route with a fun post-race celebration.”
—Elizabeth from Valencia, CA

“Beautiful day, beautiful scenery, beautiful race!”
—Jeremiah Mayes from Santa Maria, CA

“I felt so emotional and lucky to be able to do a run like this!”
—Jennifer from Houston, TX

“Cows were mooing, rosters crowing and the vineyards and rolling hills could not have been more beautiful!”
—Peggy from Thousand Oaks, CA

“The run was awesome. I will never forget it. People should do this race at least once in their lives, it’s too pretty to miss.”
—Puri from San Pedro, CA

“Spectacular views! Coming down the hill at mile 7 was breathtaking!”
—Molly from Denver, CO

“This is one of the most beautiful courses I have ever run and I run 50 races a year! Everything is beautifully organized and the staff is very friendly and helpful.”
—Jane from Imperial Beach, CA

“The best half marathon in all of Southern California. My friend from Boston also loved the ambiance and all the fun things you can do there. I plan to run this race every year until I’m 100 years old!”
—Maria from Sherman Oaks, CA

“This race is a true gem. The course is beautiful and the ambiance of the post race ceremony in Solvang is superb.”
—Richard from Imperial Beach, CA

“The course was hands down the best that I’ve ever run. And I’ve run on a lot of courses!”
—Lauren from Imperial Beach, CA

“This is my favorite 1/2 marathon. The scenery is fantastic and the weather is great!”
—Allison from Simi Valley, CA

“Awesome. Great course! I had a fabulous time and smiled the whole way, even to the end.”
—Michele from Santa Barbara, CA

“A great race to share with friends and enjoy the finish line festivities! Always a fantastic time!”
—Nadine from Long Beach, CA

“The race was a blast!! The perfect course for my first half-marathon – scenery was beautiful, course was challenging and the weather was perfect.”
—Kathyrn from Irvine, CA

“The course was gorgeous and the race was just one part of a fun-filled weekend.”
—Laura from Los Angeles, CA

“This is a fabulous race. One that I want to run every year! Nothing beats running by gorgeous rolling hills, horses and cows! So fun!”
—Laura from La Crescenta. CA

2008 Feedback:

“It was an amazing race with a scenic and challenging course”
—Mario Macias, 2008 winner

“It was AWESOME!! Perfect organization, nice shirt, love the wine glass, The course was so beautiful, next year I’ll bring my running mates!! I had the best time!”
—Norma, Tijuana, Mexico

“The countryside and beautiful weather, the announcer, gorgeous medals, cute wineglass and post-race celebration made this a memorable event.”
—Tom and Kandi, Palm Desert, CA

“I spent Friday through Sunday in Solvang and loved my entire weekend there. My plan is to run this race every year.”
—Jack, Tampa, FL

“This was an excellent run for me and my 2 sons. Very well managed. Great time, great people, great volunteers, great area!”
—Rod, Monrovia, CA

“Thank you for such a great event. The response we had with Verve was tremendous and it looks like it will be a very profitable weekend for us.”
—Bill, Verve (exhibitor)

“This was my first half-marathon. It was such a great experience to share with a relay partner. The run was beautiful, the staff was organized and helpful and my whole experience was awesome!!”
—Grace, Newbury Park, CA

“Thank you for the wonderful hospitality you showed us. My wife and I were part of the CES group and we came away from your race with nothing but great thoughts about your race.”
—Stan, Chicago, IL

“The Santa Barbara Wine Country Half is now my favorite run! It was perfect! Thank you so much for a great race.”
—Laura, La Crescenta, CA

“This was my first half-marathon (or any race) and I’m hooked. I hope that you have next year’s on the day before Mother’s Day so that my family can make it a nice tradition.”
—Elise, Santa Barbara

2007 Feedback:

“Count me duly impressed. Kudos go out to the organizers and staff of a first-time event that attracted more than 1,700 entrants into the Santa Ynez Valley, a record debut for a local race. What made this more impressive is that the event was held on Mother’s Day weekend, normally a difficult time to stage a race.”
—Santa Barbara News-Press

“Wow. The entire event was a class act. The registration was seamless. The starting area was super! The course was AWESOME! Spectacular route. Well-marked roads. Police cars everywhere. Super volunteers. The finish line was tremendous. Honest to God, I’m almost getting teary eyed just writing you this thank you note.”
—Jonna Smoot, Torrance, CA

“Great race!! I love being able to say, “I didn’t medal, but I wined.” What an inspired idea, giving wine as awards. Wow! I can’t wait ’til next year.”
—Bob Patterson, Alta Loma, CA

“I just wanted to express my deep appreciation for putting on such a fantastic Half Marathon in Santa Barbara. There were so many good things that you and your group at Destination Races did that it is hard for me to start. The course was beautiful challenging and fast. The competition was tough but the other athletes displayed good sportsmanship. The atmosphere and the people were very bright and uplifting and that really inspired me to give it my all. The post race activities were great from the massage to the wine glasses, music, the awards, everything was run very professionally and efficiently and I look forward to running it next year!”
—Allen Wagner, Men’s Winner, San Diego, CA

“It was extremely well run, organized and beautiful. It is now one of my favorite races. Everyone I talked with after the race had positive remarks about the course, wine tasting and how much fun they were having. Nice job!!!”
—Susan Loken, Women’s winner, Phoenix, AZ

“My 13 year old son Vincent and I ran this beautiful marathon together. What a wonderful Mothers Day gift he gave me. This was the most beautiful course I have ever ran. Vincent and I have decided that we will be running this course every Mothers Day weekend.”
—Jo and Vincent Reynolds, Chino, CA

“Thank you for a great run. It was fun to have such a great turn out and to see so many smiling faces and to hear those around me talk about the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, my home.”
—Lisa Pedersen, Los Olivos

“I just want to thank you and all of the volunteers for putting on an amazing event. I was thrilled to be a part of such a successful event. I look forward to Napa to Sonoma in July, but most of all I look forward to running in my home town again next year. I am all for next year’s half to be on Mother’s Day weekend. Thanks again for bringing a race to our beautiful Valley!”
—Marcy Clevenger, Santa Ynez