Sunday, October 29, 2023 • Paso Robles, CA • Course Map
When you come to visit Paso Robles, you’ve come to the heart of the central California wine country. It’s a place with more than 26,000 acres of vineyards and several wine trails that unfold along rolling hills filled with wine grape fields, and a semi-arid climate with plentiful sunny days and long, hot summers and short, cool and occasionally wet winters.
That’s what awaits at the annual Paso Robles Half Marathon (known as the Harvest Half Marathon until 2016), which is timed to coincide with the annual wine grape harvest here. This year’s race marks its 9th annual running, after last year’s race saw nearly 400 runners cross the finish line in all three races combined, including more than 200 in the half marathon alone.
Runners start the out-and-back loop course for the race at Downtown City Park on Spring Street, a place just north of downtown Paso Robles that’s best known for its cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and syrah wines.
From there, runners head out on a clockwise loop route through the countryside just east of the park and Paso Robles, with short hills sprinkled throughout the course.
Along the way, past runners say local volunteers from “cheerleaders to Girl Scouts” are out on the course to cheer you on as you pass by.
The leaves on the vines are turning all shades of red, orange and gold on the vineyards you pass along the course (there are some 200 wineries scattered around the Paso Robles area), which past runners add smooths out more in the second half.
There are often workers out in the fields as you run by, they add, and the tasting rooms at each vineyard provide a tempting place to stop.
By the time you reach the finish line back at Downtown City Park, you’re ready for your reward: the race finisher’s medal and plenty of local fresh food and wine, if you so choose.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in California’s Central Coast region, about 200 miles southeast of San Francisco and roughly 30 miles north of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles typically sees cool to mild weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 18°F (in 1958) and as high as 98°F (in 1966).
On race day (Oct. 29), the average low is 38ºF and the average high is 69ºF.
- 2017 Paso Robles Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Paso Robles Harvest Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Paso Robles Harvest Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Paso Robles Harvest Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Paso Robles Harvest Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:30 AM – 5K
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of the Paso Robles Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website below.
Official Race Website
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