Overall Rating
Overall Rating (113 Reviews)
4.7
(113 Ratings) đźŹ† (113 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.6
Santa Barbara and the adjoining Santa Ynez Valley offer the ideal destination running experience. Held in early May on Mother’s Day weekend, the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon is the perfect excuse to visit this haven for outdoor recreation. The area has plenty to offer including beach and ocean … MORE
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    bridgettewerner REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Expo was easy. Shuttle to & from was convenient. Plenty of water stations. Loved there was Nuun & water to pick from. Great volunteers...friendly & helpful. Beautiful scenery. Fun wine … MORE

    Expo was easy. Shuttle to & from was convenient. Plenty of water stations. Loved there was Nuun & water to pick from. Great volunteers…friendly & helpful. Beautiful scenery. Fun wine event afterwards. Cannot wait until 2022!!

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    4
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    aprildejong FIRST-TIMER '21

    This course is a stunning run. It is hilly, especially in the later mileage. That being said it is worth it once you reach the top & get to see … MORE

    This course is a stunning run. It is hilly, especially in the later mileage. That being said it is worth it once you reach the top & get to see the sprawling wineries. Solvang is a cute & fun getaway for a weekend race vacation. I will definitely run this race again.

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    4
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    5
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    angels_1819 FIRST-TIMER '21

    -Biggest Con to me was the post race wine fest was crowded and in way to small of a space. -A few killer hills but good views. -Expo was lacking … MORE

    -Biggest Con to me was the post race wine fest was crowded and in way to small of a space.
    -A few killer hills but good views.
    -Expo was lacking
    -Race communication was good
    -loved that it was 70% women running

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    4
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    4
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    4
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    3

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    NickyC212 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is a beautiful scenic race. We were accommodated with a bus from our hotel and the event was well organized. Begin and end in Solvang - which is nice … MORE

    This is a beautiful scenic race. We were accommodated with a bus from our hotel and the event was well organized. Begin and end in Solvang – which is nice to explore after the race. The only complaint was how packed and condensed the wine festival was afterwards – a lot of people packed into a small area and the lines were long to sample drinks. Also, I think the best thing was running through the Fall scenery – not sure how it is in May. I’d definitely do this race again!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
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    4
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    5
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    4

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    vanessaAKruse REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Most beautiful race! Some steep hills, but the atmosphere keeps your chugging along. The weather is always amazing regardless of May or October. Must have race for anyone. MORE

    Most beautiful race! Some steep hills, but the atmosphere keeps your chugging along. The weather is always amazing regardless of May or October. Must have race for anyone.

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    3
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    5
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    4

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    hkallison1 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Early start, steady uphill, one tough (corkscrew) hill to get through. The first two water stations were ridiculously crowded & had to stop & wait for a water. Beautiful scenery. … MORE

    Early start, steady uphill, one tough (corkscrew) hill to get through. The first two water stations were ridiculously crowded & had to stop & wait for a water. Beautiful scenery. Second half of run is mostly downhill, road is rough in spots, tried to run in the dirt to avoid the uneven pavement. One last tough hill at the end of the run. The finish was nice & is in in lovely downtown Solvang. Paid extra for a wine glass & tastings, which I feel should be included in the entry fee. Overall good run, fun atmosphere & good time.

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    2

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    inelzone FIRST-TIMER '21

    I was curious about this 1/2 marathon, at one of my happy places in the world, Solvang. The views and scenary did not disappoint, never really been down deep into … MORE

    I was curious about this 1/2 marathon, at one of my happy places in the world, Solvang. The views and scenary did not disappoint, never really been down deep into the valley. It was spectacular to say the least! The course had many rolling hills, which made it challenging. The hill at mile 12 was the hardest. The difficulty was well worth it though

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    tracywc FIRST-TIMER '21

    I did this with my hubby who is a great runner and it was perfect for both of us ! The location was perfect and the hotel was so convenient. … MORE

    I did this with my hubby who is a great runner and it was perfect for both of us ! The location was perfect and the hotel was so convenient. It was a beautiful course and really friendly people. It was well organized and the wine festival at the end was FANTASTIC!

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    sarahbug5 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was my 5th time running this course and it gets better every time! The course, while challenging, is absolutely beautiful and the support along the course is fantastic! I … MORE

    This was my 5th time running this course and it gets better every time! The course, while challenging, is absolutely beautiful and the support along the course is fantastic! I look forward to this event all year long!

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    4
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    5
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    5
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    2

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    CAsmussen REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Corkscrew hill is always tough but beautiful! Then it’s smooth sailing for 5 miles after. Mile 12 always gets you and it’s a gradual hill for like 2/3 of the … MORE

    Corkscrew hill is always tough but beautiful! Then it’s smooth sailing for 5 miles after. Mile 12 always gets you and it’s a gradual hill for like 2/3 of the way. Plenty of water stations. Very organized and always an amazing medal!

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    COrunner FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my first racecation but I have run many many half marathons. We had a group of 10 ladies traveling mostly from Colorado and it was a great time! … MORE

    This was my first racecation but I have run many many half marathons. We had a group of 10 ladies traveling mostly from Colorado and it was a great time! The race was beautiful and not as hard as advertised. The hill at mile 6.4 was steep but only half a mile with lots of downhill after. Great course to negative split on:) I thought the smaller hills near the end when you were tired were more difficult. My watch only said 700+ feet of elevation gain, not the 1200 advertised that made us all a little nervous – I am glad we drove the course beforehand. I felt aid stations were adequate and offered electrolytes and water. The relay option was great for having friends come along that didn’t want to commit to the half marathon distance. The Danish town of Solvang was adorable and we enjoyed great breakfasts, dinners and wine tastings. The Hotel Corque was conveniently located to the race start and finish and had great amenities and very comfortable beds. We loved the ease of flying into Santa Barbara airport. I would definitely consider running this race again! My only wishes were that the wine festival started later as 9:30 is a little early yo drink wine and that the shirt was a little better quality so I would be proud to wear it often.

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    baileyimmel FIRST-TIMER '21

    Had a wonderful time with this half! It was my first but it was absolutely gorgeous and so much fun! Everything went so smoothly and the course was amazing. I … MORE

    Had a wonderful time with this half! It was my first but it was absolutely gorgeous and so much fun! Everything went so smoothly and the course was amazing. I didn’t attend the wine tasting afterwards, but there are so many fun places to get food and wine around the town which was nice!

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    redroeder REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Fantastic race with fantastic people! Incredible organization with plenty of aid stations and porta potties throughout the length of the course. My only complaint is this years shirt was VERY … MORE

    Fantastic race with fantastic people! Incredible organization with plenty of aid stations and porta potties throughout the length of the course. My only complaint is this years shirt was VERY substandard!!!
    When are race organizers going to quit trying to convince runners, shitty cotton-blends are some kind of usable technical t-shirt???? Not cool, ESPECIALLY charging $130!!

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    CAsmussen FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first race ever so I dont have anything to compare it to. The activities the day before were fun and the tshirt and bibbpickup were a breeze. … MORE

    This was my first race ever so I dont have anything to compare it to. The activities the day before were fun and the tshirt and bibbpickup were a breeze. A free shuttle picks you up to take you to the start. Lots of bathrooms and fun music before the start.

    I am local so I knew the route well from my training. Mike 7 has a decent hill and mile 13 has a small one. Otherwise its pretty easy. Beautiful scenery! The best part were all of the locals sitting in their yard cheering you on! How fun!

    Everything was so organized. My photos came out great! I loved the medals. The law enforcement presence was so nice knowing we were kept safe the entire race.

    I loved my name being called when I crossed the finish line. I did better than expected!

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    a.vasquez81 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a pretty easy course, one hill that’s not too bad. For my first time it was not too difficult that I couldn’t finish. Hydration stops we’re plentiful and … MORE

    This is a pretty easy course, one hill that’s not too bad. For my first time it was not too difficult that I couldn’t finish. Hydration stops we’re plentiful and everyone was really friendly.

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    silverkrok FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first half marathon relay, what fun. Lovely course and a challenging course as well. Well organized, this would be a great race to do with a group … MORE

    This was my first half marathon relay, what fun. Lovely course and a challenging course as well. Well organized, this would be a great race to do with a group of friends. Ill be back next year.

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    daverunsarec REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is an annual event that we wouldn’t miss. The most scenic course around—first half is through beautiful horse country with ranches; the second half is entirely different—rolling hills through … MORE

    This is an annual event that we wouldn’t miss. The most scenic course around—first half is through beautiful horse country with ranches; the second half is entirely different—rolling hills through the vineyards of Santa Barbara and a finish in the quaint city of Solvang. Don’t miss this next year!

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    5
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    bjohnson2 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The Santa Barbara Wine Country Half was an amazing experience! Although it wasn’t exactly in Santa Barbara the course of Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos was beautiful and scenic. … MORE

    The Santa Barbara Wine Country Half was an amazing experience! Although it wasn’t exactly in Santa Barbara the course of Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos was beautiful and scenic. It had more “hills” and incline than I expected which challenged me but felt good to accomplish and finish the course. The production ran smoothly and was well done! I would recommend this race to anyone looking for a great running experience! I had a wonderful experience with Destination Races!

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    kimcsmith22 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race was my favorite eith the other 4 Half Marathons I did in the past 1 1/2 years. My time was about 22minutes slower due to 1challenge of a … MORE

    This race was my favorite eith the other 4 Half Marathons I did in the past 1 1/2 years. My time was about 22minutes slower due to 1challenge of a huge swinding hill but overall it was such a great race path with lots of flat & down hill on the course. I highly recommend to our runners and my friends. I look forward to doing it again next year.

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    5

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    1ladybugangel FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race is challenging, yet you’ll be in awe of the views, air and amazed by the magic of Santa Ynez and Solvang! Perfect finish line. Plenty of aid stations … MORE

    This race is challenging, yet you’ll be in awe of the views, air and amazed by the magic of Santa Ynez and Solvang! Perfect finish line. Plenty of aid stations and volunteers. I would love to do this again!

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