Prepare to take a scenic journey on this 13.1-mile course that winds through the Santa Ynez Valley bordered by vineyards and the Sierra Madre Mountains. The course starts in downtown Santa Ynez, then passes through the quaint town of Los Olivos, making its way up Corkscrew Hill before the beautiful run down Ballard Canyon to the grand finish on Copenhagen Drive in the heart of historic Solvang. Along the way you’ll wind through clusters of horse ranches, fruit orchards, lavender farms and vineyards.
This course is certified by USTAF; the Certification number is CA08004R. This course is located less than 30 miles from downtown Santa Barbara and accessible via Hwy 101 through Buellton or CA-154 through Santa Ynez.
The staging area for the start line is located at the corner of Sagunto Street and Faraday in Santa Ynez. Race-day packet pickup (fee applies), bag check, water, sunscreen, and warm-up are held in this area. The coffee shop on Sagunto St. opens early for runners.
Please note that NO unauthorized vehicles are allowed on the course during the race! For more information on how to get to the start or finish please view the Transportation page.
There are seven water stops and one wine stop on course. The net elevation gain/loss is -111’, starting at 609’, finishing at 498’, with maximum elevation at 936’. The entire course is run on paved roads.
To enter the half marathon you must be able to finish the course in 3 hours and 30 minutes and keep a 16:00/mile pace or better. Casual walkers are not permitted in the half marathon due to this time limit. If you cannot keep the required pace on course, you will not be guaranteed course supervision by law enforcement and volunteers.
In the event you cannot finish the race, or fall behind the 16 min/mile pace, please make your way to the nearest aid station and ask for SAG assistance. The SAG vehicle will be following the final runner/walker and pick up at each aid station.
Seven aid stations will be placed on-course between the start and finish areas. Various non-profits, school teams and other groups host these stations. They are placed on-course at key locations and intervals approximately 1.5 miles apart.
Water will be offered at each aid station and Accelerade Advanced Sports Drink will be provided at every other aid station. Gels and/or energy bars will not be placed at aid stations due to environmental concerns. Bring your own if you wish and please discard wrappers in trash receptacles at aid stations, or put them in your pocket and not alongside the road.
Please show your appreciation as you pass each aid station and obey the law officers and course monitors who are working hard to keep you safe.
Post-Race Refueling Tent
After completing your 13.1 mile journey through wine country and receiving your finisher’s medal, you’ll pass through the Refueling Tent where you’ll be treated to a variety of post-race food and other beverages designed to help your body start the recovery process immediately.