The Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon starts and finishes at Doukenie Winery, offering a scenic 13.1 mile course showcasing Virginia’s historic byways and beautiful countryside. The course passes vineyards, farms, ranches and estates along the way.
Please note that NO unauthorized vehicles are allowed on the course during the race! In addition to the start/finish, there are two viewing areas on course that can be accessed by parking safely off the side of the road and walking to the juncture of the course. For more information view the Transportation page.
The staging area for the start line is located up near the winery. Race-day check-in, bag check, water, sunscreen, and warmup is held in this area until 15 minutes before start time. The start line is located on the main driveway to Doukenie and runners will immediately take a left out of the winery and head north before looping back to Doukenie for the finish.
There are Seven water stops (5 stations with two doubling up on the return) along the course. The net elevation gain/loss is 207’, starting and ending at 560’ with maximum elevation at 633’. The course is run on paved roads with the exception of Axline Rd and Picnic Woods Rd, but good portion of the course is on hard-packed dirt and gravel.
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. Transportation to the finish area for non-finishers without medical problems will be provided via the SAG vehicle.
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 GU Hydration Drink (Lemon lime flavor) will be provided at aid stations 2, 4, 6, and 7. GU Energy Gels (Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Salted Watermelon flavors) will be distributed at Aid Station #5. Please discard wrappers in trash receptacles at aid stations, or put them in your pocket, 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 and happy.
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.