Sunday, May 20, 2018 • Lodi, CA • Course Map
Several hundred runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors come out each year to take part in the Kaiser Permanente Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon & 5K, which takes the field along a course through the gently rolling hills of Northern California’s wine country region, nestled in the hills about 50 miles south of Sacramento.
Considered well-suited for first-time half-marathon runners, this race’s fast and flat course follows a simple, out-and-back rectangular loop course among the vineyards and mustard seed fields of the Lodi-Stockton, California, area.
The 2018 race marks the 12th annual running of the race, which starts and finishes at the Woodbridge Winery, near the intersection of Woodbridge Road and Kennefick Road near Youngstown.
From there, runners follow a clockwise course entirely on paved surfaces, traveling northward along Kennefick Road all the way to East Collier Road, where they turn right (east) and head toward North Buck Road.
From there, runners start the trek south back toward the finish line, heading southward for a long stretch along North Bruella Road all the way to East Orchard Road. Runners have a couple more turns, onto Dustin Road and Woodbridge Road, before reaching the final stretch toward the finish line just past the starting line on Woodbridge Road.
Organizers distribute six aid stations along the course — one every two miles — and in addition to the 13.1-mile half marathon and the 5K race, there is also a kids’ quarter-mile run.
Considered a walker-friendly course by race organizers — both the half marathon and the 5K are open to runners, walkers and wheelchair and handcrank participants — it is also attractive for all runner skill levels, thanks to its flat course and mild climate.
At the finish, all participants receive a free t-shirt, finishers medal and a commemorative wine glass, to enjoy the free wine tasting at the finish line post-race party.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Northern California’s San Joaquin Valley, about 35 miles southeast of Sacramento and roughly 80 miles east of San Francisco, Lodi typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 32°F (in 1978) and as high as 103°F (in 2001).
On race day (May 20), the average low is 50ºF and the average high is 82ºF.
- 2017 Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon Results
see race website
see race website
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of Lodi’s Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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