13.1 Wine Country Half Marathons You’ll Love

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou

1) Napa Wine Country Half Marathon • Calistoga, CA

Challenging, hilly and beautifully scenic, this race takes runners on a tour of the hills, babbling streams and trails of Calistoga’s Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, where you’ll run dirt and sometimes rocky hiking trails, all the while surrounded by majestic redwood, oak, madrone and bay forests.

Sat, Oct 22 • Race info & signup >>

2) Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon • Healdsburg, CA

Run mostly through Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, this race is framed by mountains and vineyards that stretch out for miles, past more than a dozen wineries on the way to Healdsburg.

Sat, Oct 29 • Race info & signup >>


3) Spicewood Vineyards Half Marathon • Spicewood, TX

Filled with scenic farmland, vineyards and rural country roads, this race offers some challenging hills as well as some beautifully pastoral views of this corner of the region known as the Texas Hill Country, just a short drive from nearby Austin.

Sat, Dec 3 • Race info & signup >>

4) Wine Country Runs Half Marathon • Paso Robles, CA

Known for its rolling farmlands, hot springs and wineries, Paso Robles plays host each spring to this out-and-back loop race that takes runners along the hilly farmland just north of town.

Sun, Mar 26, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

5) Texas Wine Series at Flat Creek Estate • Marble Falls, TX

Part of a series of five races in the wine-growing regions of the Lone Star state in the spring and fall, this race takes runners through Flat Creek Estate Winery, whose vineyards span more than 80 acres, and features a generous 5-hour time limit that welcomes both walkers and runners.

Sun, Mar 26, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

6) Texas Wine Series at Kiepersol Wine Farm • Tyler, TX

Thsi race takes runners and walkers through the 63-acre Kiepersol Wine Farm, which was planted back in the late 1990s and today is known for its breathtaking views as well as its unique geography.

Sat, Apr 22, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

7) San Luis Obispo Half Marathon • San Luis Obispo, CA

Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and you’ll see exactly the scenery you find here — huge, rolling green hills and mountains overlooking the rocky Pacific coastline, with vineyards tucked into the hills just beyond the edge of the land.

Sun, Apr 30, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

8) Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon • Santa Ynez, CA

More than 3,000 runners turn out each year for this point-to-point race starts in downtown Santa Ynez, a small wine country town known for its western-style architecture just over the mountains from nearby Santa Barbara.

Sat, May 13, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

9) SoCal Wine Country Women’s Half Marathon • Temecula, CA

Challenging terrain and challenging weather await at Southern California’s only trail half marathon designed especially for women, which unfolds along the trails around Vail Lake Resort just outside Temecula.

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

10) Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon • Purcellville, VA

Featuring a course that takes runners through the scenic, green rolling hills and horse country of Virginia’s Loudoun County, this race follows a meandering, loop-shaped point-to-point route that starts at Doukenie Winery, and farm fields, houses and trees dot the landscape throughout.

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

11) Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon • Dundee, OR

Framed by the rolling farmland of northwest Oregon’s Willamette River Valley as well as the majestic peaks of Mount Hood and the Cascades, this Oregon race welcomes more than 1,000 runners every summer.

Sun, Jul 9, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

12) Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon • Sonoma, CA

Selected by Runner’s World magazine as the half marathon with the “best finish,” due in no small part to the festival that awaits runners at the finish line, this race offers some of the country’s most beautiful and dramatic scenery for a race.

Sun, Jul 16, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

13) Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon • Carlton, OR

Known for its cool climate and ample rainfall, Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become one of the west coast’s major wine producing regions in recent decades, which runners get to see at this summertime race.

Sat, Aug 12, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

13.1) Wineglass Half Marathon • Corning, NY

This gradual downhill course unfolds along the winding Chemung River, taking runners on a point-to-point course that finishes across the Centerway Bridge, and features a run past the famed Corning Museum of Glass.

Sun, Oct 1, 2017 • Race info & signup >>

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