Wine Country Half Marathon Series
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Destination Races takes you to some of the finest wine regions in the world, providing an opportunity to truly smell, taste and feel the terroir of each unique destination. Each event is crafted like a blend of fine red wine, to be enjoyed and savored. Within each event and each location you’ll see something new, and experience what makes the Wine Country Half Marathons so special. Most races sell out, so make your plans early to come stay and play, the Destination Races way!
There’s no better way to get to know wine country than running through its very roots and then learning about the wines first-hand at a post-race celebration shared by other runners and guests. From the very start you’ll feel the energy and passion from the runners, volunteers, and your many hosts who always strive to put their best foot forward. The focus here is on quality, not quantity. Wine Country Half Marathons all have limited fields, ensuring our participants and their guests encounter a stress-free environment while enjoying wine country ambience and a thrilling race day experience. You’ll make new friends and hopefully feel like you’re part of the Destination Races family. Its not an experience you can put into words, you need to take the journey, and all great experiences are best shared with friends and family.
Destination Races partners with tourism related businesses of the host region to showcase the local bounty, creating a wine, culinary and fitness themed “runcation”. The race is the focal point of the weekend, while other complimentary activities and events allow runners and their guests a chance to explore the area and experience wine country hospitality at its finest.
The Wine Country Half Marathon was born in 2004 when over 1,000 participants ran from the vineyards in southern Napa through the Carneros wine appellation into Sonoma. Spectators cheered runners as they made their way down Broadway and across the finish line in front of City Hall in Sonoma Plaza. Runners then united with friends, family and other runners as they sampled wines cultivated from those same vineyards they passed along the scenic 13.1 mile route. The post-race Wine & Music Festival became a celebration of life, an opportunity for people to meet, relax and reflect. This run, sip and explore concept took hold, and today, Destination Races produces a series of boutique-style events hosted by renowned wine regions and revered by thousands of runners and wine enthusiasts from all over the world.