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Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

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May 13, 2017 (Saturday)
Half Marathon
Santa Ynez
Santa Ynez, California
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USTAF Certified: CA08004R

Santa Barbara and the adjoining Santa Ynez Valley offer the ideal destination running experience. Held in on Mother’s Day weekend in May, it’s the perfect time to explore sunny Santa Barbara with all its recreational, wine and culinary options. You’ll LOVE this scenic course that starts in downtown Santa Ynez and runs through the town of Los Olivos, then into Ballard Canyon before finishing in the Danish-inspired town of Solvang. Bring your friends and family and celebrate at the post-race Wine & Music Festival and the 10th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon! Two-person relay also offered.

Event Start Location
Distance: 13.1 miles (point-to-point)
Start Area: 3558 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez, CA

Course Description
Prepare to take a scenic journey on this 13.1 mile course that winds through the Santa Ynez Valley bordered by the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Starting in downtown Santa Ynez, the course passes through the quaint town of Los Olivos before finishing on Copenhagen Drive in the heart of historic Solvang. In between you'll wind through clusters of horse ranches, fruit orchards, lavender farms and vineyards.

The first six miles of the course into Los Olivos and the relay transition area is relatively flat with some rollers. After Los Olivos, you'll hit Corkscrew Hill, a short but steep winding road to the top of Ballard Canyon. Then you'll run almost 5 miles of fast downhill until you reach the Chalk Hill area. You hit a short hill or two here and then the final mile of the course is mostly downhill or flat into the town of Solvang where spectators will cheer you on down Copenhagen Drive to the finish!

Packet Pickup / Expo
Race Expo
Cost: FREE
Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Solvang Park

Early Packet Pickup at Santa Barbara Running Co.
Cost: $10.00
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 3:00 to 7:00pm
Location: Santa Barbara Running Company -110 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Race Day Packet Pickup
Cost: $15.00
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 5:30am to 6:30am
Location: 3558 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

We encourage picking up your packet on Friday at the expo. The expo features seminars, guest speakers, sampling, merchandise sales, exhibitor and information booths. Your packet contains your personalized race bib with timing chip, product offers, plus you will receive your running shirt and information about the race and other activities.

Post Race Activities
8:00am to 10:30am — Race Finish on Copenhagen and First St. in Solvang
9:00am to Noon — Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park
10:30 to 11:00am — Awards Ceremony in Solvang Park,
All Day — Special offers at various tasting rooms, wineries and other area merchants in Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez on Sat and Sun.
3:00 to 6:00pm — Finishers party at Kalyra Winery

May temperatures are typically very moderate and pleasant in the Santa Ynez Valley. Start time temperature can range from a cool of 50°F to low 60s. The high temperature in the afternoon will typically range from 68°F to 78°F. There is very little precipitation in May although it is recommended that runners bring adequate clothing for a range of temperatures and conditions. There is exposure to the sun on this course so please wear sunscreen.

This is a point-to-point course starting in Santa Ynez and finishing in Solvang. The transition area for the 2-person relay is in Los Olivos. Bus transportation to the start and back is provided from two main locations to the start area; Solvang Park and Santa Ynez Valley High School There wil also be a bus leaving from the Marriott hotel in Buellton and the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Barbara.

Parking is not allowed along the race course. We recommend either parking at one of these locations or being dropped off by car in downtown Santa Ynez near the start.


There are parking public lots and street parking in Solvang There is also a large grass/dirt parking area behind the Corque Hotel (formerly Royal Scandinavian Inn) at 400 Alisal Rd * Parking is NOT available on race day in LOT 2 next to Solvang Park Transportation is provided to the start area from Solvang Park on Mission and First St. which is near the finish area. Buses leave here every 10 minutes from 5:15am to 6:30am. Please arrive as early as possible to avoid delays.


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Year: 2007     Participation      
    Total finishers: 1,118      
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Allen Wagner   Half Marathon Men 1:06:55 5:06  11.75 mph 
 Susan Loken   Half Marathon Women 1:20:44 6:10  9.74 mph 
 Mark Grand   Half Marathon Masters Men 1:27:51 6:42  8.95 mph 
 Verity Allen   Half Marathon  Masters Women  1:37:20 7:26  8.08 mph 
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