Join us on Mothers Day Weekend this year for an unforgettable Wine-Cation at the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon. This gorgeous route takes you through the Santa Ynez Valley and finishes in Solvang with a one-of-a-kind Wine and Music post-race festival where well have live music and over 20 wineries pouring to celebrate you!
Distances in this event
7:00am Sat 11th May 2019
7:00am Sat 11th May 2019
A commemorative Wine Glass and wristband are required to enter the Wine Tasting Area of the Post Race Festival. All registered runners 21+ may purchase (1) additional glasses for a guest. All Wine & Music Festival attendees must be 21+. Space is limited and Wine Glasses sell out every year, please plan ahead and purchase early.
Runners may Pre-Purchase a commemorative Silipint and 1 beer for themselves and for up to 3 guests to enjoy at the Post Race Wine and Music Festival. Silipints are picked up at the “Wine Glass” tent at the end of the race. Please have your guests with you at that time and everyone must be prepared to show photo ID for verification of age. Additional beer tickets will be available to purchase at the event.
Prepare to take a scenic journey on this 13.1-mile course that winds through the Santa Ynez Valley bordered by vineyards and the Sierra Madre Mountains. The course starts in downtown Santa Ynez, then passes through the quaint town of Los Olivos, making its way up Corkscrew Hill before the beautiful run down Ballard Canyon to the grand finish on Copenhagen Drive in the heart of historic Solvang. Along the way you’ll wind through clusters of horse ranches, fruit orchards, lavender farms and vineyards.
For those relay runners:
See the course map above to see the split of the 1st and 2nd Legs of the 2-person relay. Split the distance and share the glory as the 1st runner’s relay leg is treated as a Finish Line. At the Relay Exchange at Alamo Pintado, the 1st runner will receive their medal, recovery goody bag, and will have access to transportation from the transition to the Festival.
Race Day Packet Pickup on Saturday May 11, 2019
The Race Day Packet Pickup service is provided at the will-call table near the start area. Runners using the Race Day Packet Pickup service should plan on arriving at least 45 minutes prior to the race. Bibs and chips will be handed out before the race; shirts must be picked up from the merchandise booth after the race in the finish festival. Sign up for this service in conjunction with registration, or after registration by logging into your MyEvents account, and selecting Purchase Merchandise. Packets will also be available at the Race Expo if you sign-up for this service.
Bus transportation is provided from select locations to the Start Line. There is return bus service from the Finish Line to those original locations.
There is no specific kit list for this race
There are 3 primary areas to view the race.
The start in downtown Santa Ynez. Grab a cup of coffee and breakfast at the local coffee house or restaurant (Longhorn) on Sagunto St. and then watch the runners make their way through the start structure onto Edison then Tivola onto Meadowvale heading north. Park the dested event dirt parking lots off Edison.
Watch the runners come up Grand Ave into downtown Los Olivos. They will take a left at the flagpole and head west towards Steele Lane and then up Corkscrew Hill into Ballard Canyon. Enter Los Olivos via Hwy 154 and park along the streets on the east side of of town. You can find breakfast spots and coffee in Los Olivos too.
The finish on Copenhagen Drive. Join the crowd and cheer the runners on as they make they way down from Atterdag onto Copenhagen for the final sprint (or shuffle) to the finish line just before 1st St. Then greet the runners as they exit the Recovery Tent food & beverage line and enjoy the post-race Wine & Music Festival, awards ceremony and exhibitor booths.
The majority of our volunteers come from partnering non-profit organizations on national, regional and local levels. Nearly 200 volunteers are needed to stage this event, and opportunities are available in a number of positions including registration check-in at the Race EXPO, course monitors, wine glass distribution, bag check, recovery tent and medical support.
Roller Blades, Skateboards, Animals & BicyclesNO roller blades, skateboards, animals or bicycles on course without permission. Baby strollers designed for runners are permitted but must begin at the back of the starting line.Portable musicPortable music with headphones are allowed but must be kept at low volume so runners can hear approaching traffic and verbal instructions from law enforcement and volunteers. Failure to abide may result in DQ.
Please obey law enforcement officers and volunteers at all times! They are positioned on course for your safety. In rare cases, law enforcement may require runners to stop to allow traffic to pass. Failure to obey law enforcement and volunteers may result in removal from the course and disqualification.
This race is one of the best half marathons that I did. It is hilly but you will make up with the down hills. The shirt is plain and simple. I just gave it 4 stars because I don't wear cotton when I run. But the shirt is good for summer.Parking is plenty. I recommend to come early because the streets are tight. The start line is in a different location so the best way is to come early because the parking is limited. Or a friend can also drop you off. Shuttle service is also available as an option. I was VIP in this race and that ia the best part of the post race.
The Santa Barbara Wine Country Half is a smaller half marathon that starts in Santa Ynez and ends in Solvang. It advertises a scenic course with a great wine tasting party at the finish. Registration- was available online up until 3 days before the race. You can register with a wine glass or without if you want a lower price. There was also a 2 person relay option. You could also purchase an extra wine glass at registration time for friends and family. Packet pickup- Bib pickup was available at the expo Friday from 12-6. If this didn’t work for you, they did have 2 other options available for a small fee. Early bib pick up at a running store in Santa Barbara on Thursday and race day pickup for and additional $15.00.Expo- The expo was located in the parking lot of the Solvang Park. It was small with maybe 10 booths. Bib and shirt pick up were at the same table and there was a station set up to take pictures if you wanted. The largest booths were the race merchandise and race sponsor booths. Transportation- As the race was a point to point- shuttles were offered from a variety of hotels to the start. You could also park at the finish and shuttle to the start and vice versa. The race- The race started in Santa Ynez. After the National Anthem, we started about 5 minutes behind schedule. The beginning miles or 2 are through residential streets that are pretty narrow, the runners were pretty packed in. It looked cool but it you wanted to be fast you needed to be at the front of the pack- passing was tricky. Miles 1-5ish take you through neighborhoods, the houses are pretty and while there was little crowd support from people- the furry kind was surprisingly present. Goats, dogs, full size horses, miniature horses and even a pet goose. Mile 5 brings runners into Los Olivos, a quaint little town. This was also the relay transition point (mile 5.8) so the crowds picked up a bit. Coming out of the town it was into more rural roads before running into the beast named Corkscrew Hill. From then on, we were running down back roads between vineyards. If you’re looking for pretty courses, here it was. Mile 12 brought us into Solvang and on to the finish at Solvang Park. Finish- At the finish you were handed your snacks in a bag (thank you!) and a water then your medal. You had to get your wine glass from a booth across the lot which was a bit distracting but made sense if not everyone paid for the race and wine tasting. Elevation-If you look at the elevation map, it looks like a gradual climb from mile 1 to 7 then downhill to 12 with a little bump then downhill to the finish. I disagree. It felt most flat through mile 6ish when we hit Corkscrew which was a zig zag beast of a climb. It had a decent downhill after that but then it felt mostly flat until 12 again. The hill at 12 wasn’t huge, it just felt big being at mile 12. Bear in mind, my watch shows an elevation gain of 700ft so flat is relative. Course Aid- There were water stations with water and Nuun every 2ish miles. All were well stocked and well staffed with kids and teenagers. They were also very enthusiastic. Swag- The race shirt was nice cotton shirt. Not tech but a form fitting shirt that I will actually wear again. The medal was different in that it would also hold your wine glass if was around neck. The wine glass was good quality with the race name on it. Quirks- The finish line area/ expo is very small and there were a lot of people and booths packed into that area. A slightly bigger area would be awesome.
Race Pictures- the race advertised that race pictures would be delivered directly to your phone through facial recognition by uploading a selfie. At the time of this review, this has yet to happen. There is also no link on the race website to access pictures via bib number or name. Overall- I really liked this race, the course was great and it was very well run. This is one that I would run again without hesitation.
Destination Races SB has been going on since 2007, but I didn't hear about it until last year. I figured being on the west coast, it was worth a shot at running itGetting there: I flew into LAX and drove about 100 miles to Santa Barbara. I stayed at the Fess (a Double Tree and race hotel partner). The race itself starts in Santa Ynez and ends in Solvang, so I took a shuttle from the hotel to the race start and was picked up at the race finish to get back to Santa Barbara. It took an hour to get to the start and 40 minutes to get back to the hotel in SB from the finish. Some people parked at the finish and took shuttles to the start. There were also shuttles from other areas in SB to the start had to and from the finish. The only downside is if you stayed at the hotels in SB that were partners with the race, you pay $30 and there was only 1 (5:20 AM) shuttle to the start and 2 from the finish (11:15 and 11:45). Some better communication needs to happen with the hotels because the evening shift at the Fess had no idea where the shuttle was picking up and the only reason I figured it out was by walking around the hotel lobby.The Expo: In Solvang, essentially at the finish. Relatively small with some local races there to register for as well as some smaller vendors. Not too much there. Pick up was pretty easy. I had registered for VIP and the volunteer nearly missed it until I brought it up (even though it was on my Bib as well). I got my VIP pass for race day and an extra bag of stuff. The T Shirts run small. I got a medium which seemed like a tight fit. I feel like some of the shirt manufacturers forget women have chests. There was an early pick up day in Santa Barbara if you lived in SB and didn't want to make the drive to Solvang.Race Day: 7 AM start in Santa Ynez. Got there around 6:20 AM on the shuttle and went over to the VIP area for some light breakfast, bathrooms and to get ready. Race started just after 7 AM and took us through a very scenic route, which was a nice change from the city races I normally do. The first half of the course is all up hill. Around mile 6-6.5, there's Corkscrew Hill which has runners winding up a hill that was about 0.5 miles at least uphill. It was a bit brutal and a whole lot of swearing going on. The back half of the course was downhill and just as scenic as the front half. Some minor hills around mile 12, but nothing compared to the front half. The finish was at Solvang, where we had picked up packets.Pacers: Available for every 15-30 minutes. I was running about 2:10, and what was annoying was the 2:15 pacer kept passing me and was at least for awhile ahead of schedule, which if you're running/training at 2:15, could be an issue.Post Race: you had a tab attached to your bib to pick up your wine glass at the finish. I initially thought that the VIP area had wine glasses set aside, but we still had to wait in the same wine glass line as everyone else. There was a VIP tent that I had access too with plenty of food and wine selections to avoid the congested areas of the post race wine areas. The general wine area had 13 set ups for wine tastings, but was pretty congested as soon as it opened up at 930 AM. It was tough to get around and figure out where lines were. Swag: Wine glass, shirt and medal that served to hold your wine glassOverall a good race. If I were local I might go back and do it, but coming from out of state, it's not easy to get to. You either have to fly into LAX or Santa Barbara and need to rent a car in order to get around (no real public transportation). Also, better communication with the hotels as to where shuttles pick up if you're going from Santa Clara to the Start of the race in Santa Ynez for sure! Be ready for some hills! It's definitely worth going to though if you have the chance
Finish line wine and vineyard views..I didn't need my arm twisted to run this event. Santa Barbara wine country half is a beautiful yet hilly course with a post race wine tasting party. This running event takes place just north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez valley deep the heart of wine country. The first half of the race is definitely uphill with a peak at about 7 miles on "corkscrew hill". The reward for reaching that peak is a killer vineyard view and a mostly downhill course to the finish. Once you reach the finish line, grab your wine glass and head for the post race party. There are wine tastings, beer tastings and a nice park area to lounge in. This is a perfect race to run with friends but keep in mind, the post race party can get a bit congested. What did I like: **Loved the views!! **The hosting towns were quiet accommodating to the running tourists. Its a very quaint area of California and definitely one I'll head back to. (The local coffee shop opened early for runners and were so patient with everyone needing their morning fix) **I really liked the post race party, even though it got crowed it was fun and loved tasting so many wines. **Packet pick up was seamless, there was even a race day pick up option (for an additional fee). **Since it was a point to point race, shuttles were available to the start line and seem to run very consistently. **Aid stations were well stocked. **Free race day photos.What did I wish was different: **Post race traffic was packed, wish there was an easier way to navigate out of the area in a car. **Would have been better if they expanded the wine tasting area to a larger space to accommodate the amount of runners. **Not really a complaint, but this is definitely a route with rolling hills so make sure you are well prepared. Overall I loved this race and will definitely be back next year to run with friends....and drink more wine.
I fell in love with this race in 2014 and ran it for three years straight... and would be doing it every year if I still lived in California! The views are absolutely breathtaking, and Solvang/Los Olivos/Santa Ynez is the perfect weekend getaway. So many great wineries, restaurants, and shops. I love that the race is on a Saturday... that way you can enjoy Saturday night with wine tasting and a good meal. There are some hills - both the low grade sneaky ones and a corkscrew one that is a challenge. However, there are are some really great downhills, too! The views are breathtaking all along the way - lavender fields, horses, vineyards, the local roosters, etc. Argh - I miss it! You finish in downtown Solvang with wine and beer tasting - yes, please! Some of the aid stations have wine too, but I can't handle that on a run. The only downsides: it is expensive and it is difficult to get to if you are not driving distance from Solvang/Los Olivos/Santa Ynez. If you are in the LA/Santa Barbara area - it is a MUST!
This race was amazing.Honestly, it was the BEST race I have done in my life, EVER.And that’s a pretty tall order.The race started at 6:45 AM in downtown Los Olivos(Which isn’t in Santa Barbara… but whatever)and took us through the Santa Ynez Valley.It is ridiculously gorgeous.The weather, (because it is in Santa Barbara County), was perfect for running.It was about 50-55 degrees.The first half of the race had rolling hills.For those of us who train on hills normally…(pointing to myself)the “rolling hills” should be a piece of cake.At Mile 7, however, we hit a HUGE corkscrew hill.It sucked hardcore.race-info-02After conquering this ridiculous hill, though…it is alllllllllllllllllllllllll downhill.Seriously.Miles 7.5 through about 12 are pretty much straight downhill.(Check out the elevation chart at the top of the page if you don’t believe me!)It was so much fun.I couldn’t believe how great my legs felt at mile 10.So, I picked up the pace about 30 seconds per mileand held it there to the finish line, in Solvang.(which also isn’t Santa Barbara… but whatever)Finish time: 2:14.09More than 5 minutes faster that I ran 2 weeks prior.Anyway,after receiving my medal,stretching,devouring some post-race pizza from the night before,and hydrating myself…I proceeded to un-hydrate myself with WINE!Yes, wine!There was a post-race wine tasting celebration and it was AMAZING.It consisted of roughly 15 wineries pouring a number of different varietals.SO AWESOME.The music and atmosphere were awesomeand everyone was in a great mood because of the run.Of course, the wine doesn’t hurt though.It was by far the funnest (is that a word?) race I have ever doneand I have made a resolution to do it every year until the end of time.Yes.. until the end of time!I mean running and wine are by far my two of my most favorite things…and when you combine them into an event,it’s a WIN-WIN situation.Can’t pass that up.No, no I can not.
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