Aaron Mendoza
May 21, 2013 | Touring & Tasting Magazine, Wine Country Travel | Aaron Mendoza

Running Through Santa Barbara Wine Country

It's been a little over a week since Santa Barbara hosted its very own Wine Country Half Marathon, but there is still so much to talk about! Runners from 46 states and 11 countries gathered in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley to participate in the 13.1 mile run produced by Destination Races. Sunny, blue skies greeted the early morning runners as they began the challenging but scenic wine country course that started in the town of Santa Ynez. All that hard work was worth it, as runners were greeted at the finish line in Solvang by enthusiastic spectators and a Wine and Music Festival in Solvang Park. Wineries and breweries from Santa Barbara County poured some of their best and most refreshing libations to revive the weary runners. And these half marathoners were definitely ready to party!

The awards ceremony, hosted by Destination Races President Matt Dockstader and international race announcer Whit Raymond, presented special awards to mother-daughter teams, the over 70 age group and the 2013 Winery Challenge award, sponsored by Touring & Tasting, went to the team from Kunin Wines. (They won the coveted silver dump bucket!)

While most marathons have runners jogging through urban areas and city streets, Destination Races half marathons are set right in the heart of wine country. It's hard to ask for better views while running a 13-mile course! Take a look at some photos from the Mother's Day weekend race and who knows, maybe you will be inspired to run in the next Destination Races wine country half marathon. In fact, registration is still open for the Oregon, Kelowna B.C. and Healdsburg wine country half marathons. Run, don’t walk, and sign up for these races while you still can. If you love running and wine, it’s an incredible wine country experience you won't want to miss!

Seth Kunin of Kunin Wines pouring for the half marathon runners!

Destination Races crew with Touring & Tasting's very own, Nancy Burgner.

Photos by TJ Nelson.


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