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Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2007

By: Laura Kath (Expired article)

Santa Ynez Valley, CA -

Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley is getting ready to welcome nearly 2,000 participants expected to run the inaugural Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon on May 13, 2007. The 13.1-mile course starts on Sagunto Street in front of the Maverick in downtown Santa Ynez at 7:00am and makes its way through Los Olivos, then down Ballard Canyon and into Solvang for the spectator-friendly finish on Copenhagen Drive.

A post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park features an awards ceremony, booths, acoustic band, and wine tasting sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. The first runners are expected to finish shortly after 8:00am with the rest of the field to follow until 10:00am. The awards ceremony will be held in Solvang Park immediately following the conclusion of the race.

The event benefits multiple organizations including Santa Ynez Valley Union High School and the Breast Cancer Fund (, a national organization that focuses on identifying and eliminating environmental and other preventable causes of the disease. Volunteers are still needed for the event. The public may e-mail Jennifer Rasmussen at if interested in becoming a volunteer.

Race weekend activities include an early runner packet pickup on Friday, May 11 from Noon-6pm at Santa Barbara Running Company, 110 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara; and from 7-8pm, a welcome reception at Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room, 1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang. On Saturday, May 12, a free Expo will be held at the Royal Scandinavian Inn, 400 Alisal Road, Solvang from 10am-5pm; and a traditional pasta dinner catered by Trattoria Grappolo will be served at 6:30pm at Bridlewood Winery, Santa Ynez. On Sunday, May 13, a pre-race breakfast and starting line party will be held at the Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez.

Sponsors of the race include Platinum Performance, Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours, Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association, Carpe Diem beverages, Clif Bar, Maverick Saloon, Lucy Apparel, Mid-State Bank and Crystal Springs Water.

In addition to the half marathon distance, a 2-person relay team option is available--consisting of 5.6 and 7.5-mile sections, with the transition area located in Los Olivos. All race participants receive a goodie bag, official running shirt, a finisher’s medal that doubles as a coaster, and a logo wine glass for wine tasting after the race. For more event information and to register for the race, go to

Race Route

Santa Barbara Wine Country Race Route Turn by Turn (Intersections controlled by local law enforcement). Starting Line, Sagunto Street (in front of the Maverick); left on Meadowvale, left on Olive, right on Faraday, left on Lindero, right on Edison, left on Baseline, right on Refugio, left on Roblar, right on Grand, left on Alamo Pintado Avenue, right on Steele, to Ballard Canyon to Chalk Hill to Atterdag (cross Mission Drive), left on Copenhagen, Finish Line at Copenhagen and First St. Festival following in Solvang Park.

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