Start Time:

7:00am on Saturday May 12, 2018


Sagunto St. (Santa Ynez)


Copenhagen Dr. (Solvang)


13.1 miles (point-to-point)

Wine & Music Festival:

9:30am to Noon in Solvang Park & First Street

Awards Ceremony:

10:30am – 11:15am

This race sells out early and has a limited field designed to offer our participants and their guests the finest destination road racing experience possible. Ancillary events and other activities are planned for our guests before and after the race, and we encourage spending time in the area to take advantage of all the attractions the region has to offer. Santa Barbara County and its member businesses are excited to extend their finest hospitality to our guests during your stay.

Track runner progress in real time!

Sign up for runner tracking for live updates at the start line, relay transition point, and the finish line! Track runners’ progress as they make their way from Downtown Santa Ynez through Los Olivos and Ballard Canyon to Solvang Park. Click here to look up participants by name or bib number, then choose how you’d like to receive alerts. Runners can opt for live status updates to be automatically posted on their Facebook and Twitter feeds during the race!

New! Get your race day photos delivered directly to your phone!

We’re teaming up with Waldo Photos this year to offer some exciting new photo technology! Using facial and object recognition, Waldo finds your face in the race album and sends your photos directly to your smartphone. To get started, simply text the code “WCHM17” to 735-343, where you’ll then be asked to submit a selfie so Waldo can match and deliver your photos. Try it out and get your race photos as soon as they’re uploaded to the album!

Timing & Results

The race is chip timed to provide accurate and fair results for runners. Runners will receive a chip embedded in their race bib. Top 3 overall finisher results are based on gun time, all other finisher results use chip time results. The timing chips with bibs are disposable and do not need to be returned. However, our bibs are a keepsake and make nice wall art!

Gear Check

A gear check area is provided at the start and relay transition areas for runners to place their warm-ups and other items in the bag provided by race staff. Write your bib number and name on the bags and they will be transported to the finish area for pickup. Any items left at the event will be donated to charity after 14 days.


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 60’s°F. The high temperature in the afternoon usually ranges from 68°F to 78°F. There is very little precipitation in May although it is recommended that runners bring adequate clothing to prepare for a range of temperatures and conditions. There is exposure to the sun on this course so please wear sunscreen.
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Half Marathon Awards

Top 3 Overall Male & Female

1st Place

$500 plus 3L bottle of wine and Fortessa Award Plate

2nd Place

$300 plus 1.5L magnum of wine

3rd Place

$200 plus 1.5L magnum of wine
Note: Bonus of $400 paid for setting Men’s or Women’s course record
Men’s and Women’s Masters champions (40+) will receive a $100 gift certificate from Santa Barbara Running Company and a decanter trophy.
Wine is awarded to top 3 male and female finishers in age division every 5 years from 21 to 70 age groups. Awards are determined by the runner’s age on race day. Certificates are provided for the under 21-age group.
The fastest top 2 teams (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more members will receive awards. A team must have a minimum of 6 runners finish the half marathon to qualify as a team; see Registration Page
Top finishers are awarded in the following categories, M/M team, F/F team, Co-ed, and Mother/Daughter or Son team.
Open to teams of participating wineries, the Winery Challenge Cup is awarded to the fastest Winery team (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more runners. See Get Involved for additional information.

Rules & Safety

Please line up at the start according to your pace. Elite runners will be positioned at the front with runners lining up behind them by mile pace. Please look for the pace signs posted along the start chute to guide your position. Please do not line up ahead of your pace time! This is chip timed so your time will officially begin when you cross the timing mat at the start line. Top 3 overall are on gun time. Take extra caution as you start the race!
ALWAYS stay inside right of the cones on the roadways, unless signs or chalk indicate otherwise. Straying outside of the defined cone line is dangerous and could result in disqualification.
NO roller blades, skateboards, animals or bicycles on course without permission. Baby strollers designed for runners are permitted but must begin at the back of the starting line.
Portable music with headphones are allowed but must be kept at low volume so runners can hear approaching traffic and verbal instructions from law enforcement and volunteers. Failure to abide may result in DQ.
Please obey law enforcement officers and volunteers at all times! They are positioned on course for your safety. In rare cases, law enforcement may require runners to stop to allow traffic to pass. Failure to obey law enforcement and volunteers may result in removal from the course and disqualification.

Fitbit Pace Team

Pace leaders will be available for finishing times of 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00. Look for the pace leaders in the starting corral with sign/balloons indicating the finishing time of your choice. Email pace team coordinator, Vanessa Kline, with any questions.