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These boutique races have captured the imagination and fueled the passion of people everywhere who live life to its fullest potential. We pride ourselves in being different from the typical race with over-sized fields, flat courses, or simply trumpet the latest race trend.  Destination Races focuses on the most important and intriguing aspects of why we all enjoy running these events. It is the camaraderie, the friendships, the scenery, the charities, the celebration, the overall experience… and the community that make Destination Races and the Wine Country Half Marathons so special.

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

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Saturday | May 9, 2015
This event is praised for its ideal running climate and fast, challenging course that runs through the majestic Santa Ynez Valley. It’s a favorite of southern Californians and out-of-state visitors seeking refuge from the city, who come to enjoy the beaches and explore the towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, and Solvang. Held annually on Mothers Day weekend.

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Course records:
1:04:51 / 1:18:43


Field Size:
3,300 (sell-out)


Alternate distance:
2 – Person Relay

Weather:
Perfect!


Start:
Downtown Santa Ynez


Wine & Music Festival:
Solvang Park

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Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon


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Saturday | May 30, 2015
This event is hosted in Loudoun Country, Virginia, one hour west of the nations capital. The course runs through the Virginia countryside, far from the hustle and bustle of DC. It starts and finishes at Doukenie Winery, running along historic byways, past estates, farms and vineyards. Doukenie Winery sits amongst hundreds of acres of farmland and vineyards and serves as the perfect setting for the post-race Wine & Music Festival.

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Course Records:
1:10:20 / 1:21:32


Field Size:
3,200 (sell-out)


Alternate Distance:
None

Weather:
Usually ideal but can be humid, hot or wet.

Start:
Doukenie Winery near Hillsboro, VA


Wine & Music Festival:
Doukenie Winery

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Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

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Sunday | July 19, 2015
This is the flagship event of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. The course starts at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and runs through the Carneros wine region on the southern end of Napa and Sonoma Valleys before finishing in Sonoma Plaza. Selected as top half marathon finish by Runners World Magazine. Participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries are drawn to these two iconic wine regions for a long weekend of wine and food themed events.

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Course Record:
1:02:38 / 1:15:45

Field Size:
3,500 (sell-out)

Alternate Distance:
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Weather:
Ideal. Typically has cooler temps in morning and warming to 80’s.

Start:
Cuvaison Carneros Estate Winery in Napa


Wine & Music Festival:
Sonoma Plaza

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Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon

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Sunday | August 31, 2014
This Labor Day weekend event is held in the heart of the Willamette Valley, recognized by many as the premiere Pinot Noir region of the country. The views from the starting area at Stoller Vineyards are mind-boggling, as the moon sets on one side of the valley and the sun rises next to Mt. Hood on the other. The Wine & Music Festival in downtown Carlton features 20 of the area’s best wineries (and one local brewery) with lots of great food options.

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Course Record:
1:06:37: / 1:18:44

Field Size:
2,000


Alternate Distance:
2 – Person Relay


Weather:
Perfect!


Start:
Stoller Vineyards


Wine & Music Festival:
Downtown Carlton

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Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon

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Saturday | September 6, 2014
The Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon is the newest event in the popular series produced by Destination Races. It’s also the first in the series held outside of the United States. Kelowna is the largest city on stunning Okanagan Lake, a year-round recreational paradise in British Columbia, Canada.

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Field Size:
3,200 (sell-out)


Alternate Distance:
2-person Relay

Weather:
Usually ideal but can be humid, hot or wet.

Start:
Vibrant Vines Vineyards, Kelowna

Wine & Music Festival:
Waterfront Park in Kelowna

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Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon

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Saturday | Oct 25, 2014
This Halloween and wine harvest-themed race starts in downtown Geyserville and twists through the beautiful Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Runners in costume compete for prizes at the awards ceremony and post-race wine tours and a finishers party cap off the event. It’s a favorite of the staff and most everyone who runs it for its scenery and festive atmosphere.

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Course Record:
1:04:34 / 1:17:34


Field Size:
2,800 (sell-out)


Alternate Distance:
None

Weather:
Cool in the am and usually warming to 70+ for the festival 


Start:
Downtown Geyserville

Wine & Music Festival:
Next to City Hall in Healdsburg

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Temecula Wine Country Half Marathon

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Saturday | Nov. 15, 2014
This new 13.1 mile course starts and finishes at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, a luxurious full-service property that will host our post-race Wine & Music Festival. The course runs past orchards, horse farms, vineyards and no less than eighteen wineries, ranging from small producers to large production and resort properties. The event expo is held in the City Center, adjacent to historic Old Town, where many of Temecula’s favorite shops and restaurants reside.

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Course Record:
TBD


Field Size:
3,000 (sell-out)


Alternate Distance:
None

Weather:
Cool in the am and usually warming to 65+ for the festival 


Start:
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wine & Music Festival:
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa