The word is out that Destination Races offers the best post-race events for runners and their guests. And we know that you’ve chosen the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon to enjoy more than just a run through scenic wine country with a couple thousand runners (and wine enthusiasts).

Turn your race weekend into a memorable vacation. Peruse the event schedule and learn more about all the events offered by Destination Races and our local partners. Sign up for these events during registration, or add them to your registration through Race Extras at a later time.

Loudoun Road Runners Training Run @ Doukenie Winery
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Join the Loudoun Road Runners for their Annual Half Marathon Training Run leading up to the 2017 Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon. Preview the finish line scenery as you look forward to your finish just weeks away. Gatorade and water will be provided along the course.

About The Loudoun Road Runners:
The Loudoun Road Runners is open to all runners and walkers no matter their abilities or goals. Our members come in many shapes and sizes, range from young to old, and include everyone from fresh beginners to seasoned ultra marathoners.

Founded in 1992, the club is a non-profit organization sanctioned by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). Being part of the RRCA network of more than 2,400 clubs nationwide carries a number of membership benefits.

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning in Leesburg, Virginia. On Saturday and Sunday mornings you’ll find us further afield at scenic points around Loudoun County. We go out rain or shine, in sleet or heat. And after each run, you’re almost guaranteed to have company for coffee, tea, or snacks.

Early Packet Pickup @ Potomac River Running Store - Arlington
Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:45 pm
The Early Packet Pickup service is provided as a special service for those runners living or staying in or near the DC metro area that prefer to receive their packets early and not drive to the expo in Solvang. Participants receive a discount on purchases at Potomac River Running Store.

Sign up for this service in conjunction with registration, or after registration, by navigating to and logging in to your account, then click on “Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon” to edit your registration and add extra purchases. Your packet will be available for pickup at the Expo and on race day if you cannot attend for any reason.

See Packet Pickup Options page for details.


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Race Expo @ Lansdowne Resort
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Race Expo @ Lansdowne Resort | Leesburg | Virginia | United States
The Wine Country Half Marathon Series is known for hosting boutique-style Expos at unique and comfortable venues. This year we return to beautiful Lansdowne Resort located conveniently between Dulles Airport and downtown Leesburg. 2017 Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon Seminar Schedule Coming Soon!  

The Expo is where runners:

  • Pick up race packet, personalized bib, timing chip, and technical race shirt*
  • Meet exhibitors and race sponsors
  • Shop for exclusive Wine Country Half Marathon apparel and gifts at our Harvest Boutique
  • Learn about the course and developing your race day strategy at the Race Orientation Seminar
  • Attend other inspiring, seminars and discussions

*Runners Photo ID is required to pick up your race bib and shirt. You may designate another person to pick up your race packet but a copy of YOUR photo ID will be required.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

For more information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Megan Deer at or view our Exhibitor Application.


Information & Solutions Booth- Get the Answers to your Questions: View the course map,  coordinate your race day transportation, make a bib transfer and take advantage of your last chance to order wine glasses…. You may also still register or transfer your registration, and purchase wine glasses for race day!

Race Orientation Seminar with Matt Dockstader @ Lansdowne Resort
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
“An Insider’s Guide to the Virginia Country Half Marathon” Presented by Race Director Matt Dockstader is a must for first time participants to this race. Learn about the course, the best way to prepare for race morning, and how to enjoy the post race Wine and Music Festival to its fullest.
Race Start @ Doukenie Winery
Jun 3 @ 7:00 am
Awards Ceremony @ Doukenie Winery
Jun 3 @ 10:30 am
Post-Race Wine & Music Festival @ Doukenie Winery
Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Once you cross the finish line at Doukenie Winery, the celebration gets underway with the post race Wine and Music Festival! Over two dozen wineries from Loudoun County will be pouring.  You’ll also find exhibitors, food truck offerings, the awards ceremony and a popular band, all in a beautiful outdoor setting at Doukenie Winery. This event is open to guests so bring your friends and family to celebrate with you.

To take part in the wine tasting, runners must pre-purchase a Schott Zwiesel wine glass during registration or through Race Extras. Up to 3 additional wine glasses may be purchased for guests. This year, the wine tasting area is open to the public and to guests of all ages.

Wine Tasting Fee: $25 for runners (includes glass) / $30 for guests

Get This Race Extra!

A stub on your race bib will indicate how many wine glasses you have purchased (do not lose your race bib or ticket stub). Once you cross the finish line go to the wine glass tent to pick up your wristband and wine glass. If you purchased a glass for guests they must accompany you to receive their wine glass. Be prepared to show ID for proof of age.

Runners are encouraged to redeem a special tasting coaster at a winery booth at the festival, fill out your information and present the coaster at a participating winery for a special offer! We encourage you to visit these wineries and let them know you ran the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon. Remember, wine makes for a fabulous take-away of your weekend in Virginia Wine Country!

Thank you to our 2016 Winery Partners.  Stay tuned for our 2017 Winery Partners to be listed soon!

2016 Loudoun County Wineries

8 Chains North The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards Bluemont Vineyards Corcoran Vineyard Creeks Edge Winery Doukenie Winery Hiddencroft Vineyards Hillsborough Vineyards Maggie Malick Wine Caves North Gate Vineyards Quattro Goomba’s Winery Sunset Hills Vineyard Tarara Winery Zephaniah Farm Vineyard