“It’s very hard at the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually, you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” — George Sheehan
1) Wine Country Runs Half Marathon
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.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 • Paso Robles, CA
2) Wine & Roses 5K & Half Marathon
Get ready for a run through the beautiful Messina Hof Winery here in the Texas Hill Country region at the second annual running of this race, where you’ll get a wine glass at the finish line.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 • Bryan, TX
3) San Luis Obispo Half Marathon
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.
Sunday, April 28, 2019 • San Luis Obispo, CA
4) Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon
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.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 • Santa Ynez, CA
5) Windsor Run & Wine Half Marathon
Known as the “gateway to the wine country” to the legions of tourists who flock to sample the wines and visit the vineyards of Northern California every year, this small town that lies just over an hour’s drive north of San Francisco plays host to this beautiful race.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 • Windsor, CA
6) Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon
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.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 • Purcellville, VA
7) SoCal Wine Country Women’s Half Marathon
Runners will need to be ready for both challenging terrain and weather at this race, which bills itself as Southern California’s only trail half marathon designed especially for women, along the trails that wind through and around Vail Lake Resort just outside Temecula.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 • Temecula, CA
8) Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon
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.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 • Dundee, OR
9) Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon & 5K
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.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 • Sonoma, CA
10) Running Between the Vines Half Marathon
Ready for a 13.1-mile run that starts at the peaceful, relaxing grounds of a winery and then unfolds out into a wilderness area filled with forests, hiking trails, fishing lakes and campgrounds?
Saturday, August 17, 2019 • Jackson, MI
11) Wineglass Half Marathon
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.
Sunday, October 6, 2019 • Corning, NY
12) Temecula Half Marathon
Run along the dirt roads that wind through the wineries and vineyards of this growing city that lies about an hour’s drive north from San Diego, this race starts and finishes at the equestrian and event space Galway Down, just outside Temecula.
Sunday, October 20, 2019 • Temecula, CA
13) Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon
Starting at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and run mostly through Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, this race is framed by mountains and vineyards that stretch out for miles, past several wineries along the way.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 • Geyserville, CA