Overall Rating
Overall Rating (39 Reviews)
3.9
(39 Ratings)(39 Reviews)
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3.5
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4.1
PRODUCTION
4
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3.6
The Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon is not just a running race, it’s a destination lifestyle experience. Loudoun County plays host to this popular event located in and around historic Leesburg, VA, one hour west of Washington DC. This is the only event in the series held in the eastern … MORE
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    runningg8r REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I ran a PR at this race in 2017 and then returned this year and ended up running my worst half marathon ever. A lot of the factors were personal … MORE

    I ran a PR at this race in 2017 and then returned this year and ended up running my worst half marathon ever. A lot of the factors were personal but I will say that the humidity killed me, it was very tough! The wine festival after the race though is amazing and tons of fun!!

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    This race featured a rolling course on country roads through beautiful Virginia Wine Country. Some of the course was on paved roads and some was on gravel roads. I love … MORE

    This race featured a rolling course on country roads through beautiful Virginia Wine Country. Some of the course was on paved roads and some was on gravel roads. I love the T-shirt and the medal can serve as a corkscrew. The post-race festival featured wine tasting from various local wineries and a very good blues band playing live music. My one suggestion for improvement is to set up changing tents so that racers have a place to change out of their race clothes to enjoy the festival.

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    flagsrlife FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first half marathon. I loved it! The scenery was beautiful and the course was challenging with some hills and upaved areas. Plenty of water stations and electrolyte … MORE

    This was my first half marathon. I loved it! The scenery was beautiful and the course was challenging with some hills and upaved areas. Plenty of water stations and electrolyte water too. The wine tasting afterwards helps to push you through lol. All the wineries represented were great.

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    philbongard FIRST-TIMER '17

    Fantastic way to spend the day with friends. Beautiful location and route through the country. And a great wine tasting afterwards. Very family friendly and plenty to go see around … MORE

    Fantastic way to spend the day with friends. Beautiful location and route through the country. And a great wine tasting afterwards. Very family friendly and plenty to go see around the area.

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    sleeann24 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Great post race festival -but make sure you have a designated driver! the course is finebut very hilly and there is minimal on course cheers. some of the race is … MORE

    Great post race festival -but make sure you have a designated driver!
    the course is finebut very hilly and there is minimal on course cheers. some of the race is off-road – uphill and very rocky.

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    Veronyka13 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was a well-organized race that I look forward to completing again! My only "complaint" was that there was not too much information about the 5k posted online, but this … MORE

    This was a well-organized race that I look forward to completing again! My only “complaint” was that there was not too much information about the 5k posted online, but this was a minor issue. The wine tasting after was a nice inclusion also (though it would be nice for it to start earlier than it did for those who finished the 5k).

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    kmendick10 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This race is one of a kind! The course is absolutely beautiful and definitely well run. The best part of the race is the course and the gorgeous medal. I … MORE

    This race is one of a kind! The course is absolutely beautiful and definitely well run. The best part of the race is the course and the gorgeous medal. I am so impressed with the swag, quality of the medal, and friendliness of everyone at the race!

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    roachristy FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race was tough as the course turned onto a gravel/asphalt mixture. I lost time on that, but loved doing this race with my sweet cousin, Brittany! Our family flew … MORE

    This race was tough as the course turned onto a gravel/asphalt mixture. I lost time on that, but loved doing this race with my sweet cousin, Brittany! Our family flew up to come cheer us on and we had a great time celebrating after.

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    Steve_Berberich FIRST-TIMER '17

    Course was a bit tougher than what I am accustomed to because of the miles of gravel road. The race itself was ok, but the extra fee wine festival after … MORE

    Course was a bit tougher than what I am accustomed to because of the miles of gravel road. The race itself was ok, but the extra fee wine festival after was packed! Not enjoyable.

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    jzitel FIRST-TIMER '17

    The Expo was very small, but the volunteers were friendly. The shirts are absolutely adorable, but I wish they were technical/dry-fit. A lot of the course was on gravel roads … MORE

    The Expo was very small, but the volunteers were friendly. The shirts are absolutely adorable, but I wish they were technical/dry-fit. A lot of the course was on gravel roads and it was pretty hilly, which made it challenging. The scenery was beautiful, though! The mile markers had cute rhymes on them about wine 🙂 I love the medal (it holds a wine glass!), but my boyfriend ran the 5k and was bummed that everyone got the same medal and it didn’t say 5k on it. There was a wine festival after the race and you could purchase a wine glass for unlimited tastings from 9:30AM-12PM. The lines for tastings were really long and we ended up just leaving an hour before it was over. Overall, it was a fun race and I would do it again!

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    kelly.davis6 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Overall I enjoyed the race. As others have said, it was hilly at times (which I anticipated given the location) and there was an unexpected, long stretch of gravel road … MORE

    Overall I enjoyed the race. As others have said, it was hilly at times (which I anticipated given the location) and there was an unexpected, long stretch of gravel road (which wasn’t ideal, but would have been much worse had I not worn the right shoes). The water/energy drink support was great, with the opportunity to replenish at least every couple of miles. The scenery was really pretty at times (but mostly backroadish). All in all, I really enjoyed running this course with my friends.

    I think our biggest disappointment was the post race festival. If I had a chance to do over, I would have skipped it entirely. My friends and I paid $25 a piece to participate, which we were eager and willing to do when we were under the impression we could sample from the 15 listed wineries; however, when it came time to join the festival, the lines were huge. We got through two lines before checking our watches and giving up. I’m not sure how many signed up for the post race (I just know that there were a lot of people), but assuming race organizers had those numbers, they didn’t adequately ensure the wineries provided the necessary staff/tables to accommodate post race participants being able to sample quickly. It’s a shame because the ‘shtick’ that draws people to your half (or at least drew my group) is the post race wine festival; otherwise, I can find an equally challenging trail course closer to home and save the money I spent traveling and “wine tasting”.

    So in sum: Good course. Poor post race, but could easily be fixed.

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    lunagirl11 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Be sure to review the course before signing up. We found out the day before there would be 4 miles of gravel, which are also hilly, so you may want … MORE

    Be sure to review the course before signing up. We found out the day before there would be 4 miles of gravel, which are also hilly, so you may want to bring your trail shoes.
    My biggest beef with this race was the lack of food. No fruit, no real food. I was shocked. I’ve written to the DR team and hope they seriously consider changing their practices.
    The course was pretty and the post race wine and music were great, but overall I think this one requires improvement.

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    lunagirl11 Jun 10, 2017 at 11:39am

    I realize now, I should've chosen repeat runner. I wasn't sure if the choice was in reference to this race or just in general. I've run nearly 40 races to date, so I definitely have experience with what I'd consider to be a good race experience.

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    Katie_Ho Jun 23, 2017 at 12:34pm

    Hi Geena, thanks so much for your thoughtful review! Also wanted to clarify that the "first-timer" / "repeat runner" is specific to that event. Having run nearly 40 races, your review provides a great perspective and we hope to hear more about other events you've run. Thanks again, and keep running strong!

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    lunagirl11 Jun 23, 2017 at 1:35pm

    Awesome, I wasn't sure. Thanks for the reply!

     
    kel400 FIRST-TIMER '17

    i wanted to do one of the races in this series and i'm so glad i did. the race was challenging but good. lots of ups and downs and you … MORE

    i wanted to do one of the races in this series and i’m so glad i did. the race was challenging but good. lots of ups and downs and you run about 5 miles on gravel. lots of water stations and wine inspired mile markers. with a little over 1400 runners the course was never too crowded. after the race you enjoy a wine festival and live music. it was a lot of fun. the shirt is nice, the medal is a wine glass holder, and you also got a bag of snacks at the end. parking was plentiful and easy to get to and close to the start, and bathrooms were plentiful. i would recommend this race.

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    amytaloma FIRST-TIMER '17

    Pros: super chill vibe, cool medal with a wine glass holder, gorgeous scenery, uber nice volunteers, wine festival was fun afterwards. Cons: loose dirt and gravel ground for almost 4 … MORE

    Pros: super chill vibe, cool medal with a wine glass holder, gorgeous scenery, uber nice volunteers, wine festival was fun afterwards.

    Cons: loose dirt and gravel ground for almost 4 miles- may be challenging if you are coming back from an injury. Hotels are booked up way in advance- book early. No national anthem before the race. Half finishers paid a lot more and didn’t really get anything different from 5k finishers- everyone got the same medal.

    Overall, good experience with a few disappointments. If you have been to really well done races that have great swag you will notice.

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    runzie FIRST-TIMER '17

    Fun not too hard beautiful scenery . Doukenie is great winery. Good after party. Race packets not as good as could be. Did race wth double stroller- a little hard … MORE

    Fun not too hard beautiful scenery . Doukenie is great winery. Good after party. Race packets not as good as could be. Did race wth double stroller- a little hard on gravel.

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    photodrm1 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Rolling hills with gravel. After race, great time in VIP area for the wine party! Massage area, food, wine and great music. Definitely a MUST do through the Virginia Wine … MORE

    Rolling hills with gravel. After race, great time in VIP area for the wine party! Massage area, food, wine and great music.
    Definitely a MUST do through the Virginia Wine Country.

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    melanie24w FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race had many water/gu stops, which was great. I felt like we had just stopped at one and another was around the corner. The race was crowded the first … MORE

    This race had many water/gu stops, which was great. I felt like we had just stopped at one and another was around the corner. The race was crowded the first few miles given the narrow roads and how everyone is together at the start but after a while the crowds started to thin for the rest of the race. Most of the race is on asphalt, but there are 3-5 miles on gravel/packed dirt that many whom I ran with did not like. You did need to watch your step/ankles. There were some good hills that pushed you but then there were some nice flat stretches too. The food afterwards was ok–some bags of snacks, a clif bar, a banana. The wine fest was a little dissappointing because there were so many spectators/guests there too. The lines to taste the wine were long, especially after you ran for 2+ hrs 🙂 Also, our group thought there would be food trucks or somewhere to get food, but we saw one truck with breakfast food. if there was a restaurant or other area, we were not aware. The medal was great though–and heavy!

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    gracefremuth FIRST-TIMER '16

    The smell of honeysuckle amidst happy runners and cheerers, in a not-too-flat, not-too-hilly course, with overcast skies made it THE best first half. Mix of pavement, dusty and wet gravel … MORE

    The smell of honeysuckle amidst happy runners and cheerers, in a not-too-flat, not-too-hilly course, with overcast skies made it THE best first half. Mix of pavement, dusty and wet gravel roads made for good variety on the feet… picturesque but not monotonous/

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    andimcgargill REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I traveled all the way from illinois to experience this race. The vineyard we started at was beautiful. I had high hopes for the rest of the 13.1 miles, but … MORE

    I traveled all the way from illinois to experience this race. The vineyard we started at was beautiful. I had high hopes for the rest of the 13.1 miles, but it was just a lot of grass and hills. I guess I was expecting more scenery. If you like flat races, this is not the race for you. I liked the challenge of the hills. The wine tasting had really long lines and there wasn’t much variety in the types of wine. The swag was nice, It was run well, and it was nice to get out of chicago, but I will not be doing it again.

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    jessica_lomax72 FIRST-TIMER '16

    If I lived in the area I might recommend this race, but advertising as a destination race and living out of state it left a lot to be desired. Overall … MORE

    If I lived in the area I might recommend this race, but advertising as a destination race and living out of state it left a lot to be desired. Overall I enjoyed the course with the exception of the gravel (I’m talking huge chunks of rock for many miles) that hurt my feet and the humidity (which is probably to be expected). Great volunteers, a nice medal, and a good after party (although technically you had to pay extra). The race shirt is one I will never wear and parking was so bad we barely made it to the start and I wasn’t able to use the restroom before the race started. If some of these issues were resolved I would definitely recommend this race, but as it stands for someone traveling here I think not.

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