Wine Country Runs Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, March 26, 2017 • Paso Robles, CA • Course Map

activeregisterKnown for its rolling farmlands, its hot springs, and perhaps most famously for its wineries and vineyards, Paso Robles plays host each spring to the annual Wine Country Runs Half Marathon & 5K, an out-and-back loop race that takes runners on a hilly and occasionally challenging route through the wide-open fields and hills just north of town.

From the starting line at River Oaks Hot Springs on Clubhouse Drive, runners follow what is roughly a counter-clockwise loop, turning right out of the springs area onto Buena Vista Drive, which they follow as it winds its way northward for the next three and a half miles.

The course turns next onto Airport Road and heads north, and stays mostly on flat terrain for approximately the next three miles, as it turns onto Wellsona Road. As runners pass mile marker 6, they hit the first big downhill stretch of the race, and continue downhill until they turn onto River Road, which flattens out for a quick up-and-back stretch.

Runners hit the turnaround point roughly a mile up River Road, and then head southward again back onto Wellsona and then again onto River Road, which runs parallel to the scenic Salinas River.

The next three miles or so feature some rolling hills and then a final uphill stretch as runners make their way into the finish, back at River Oaks Hot Springs.

Organizers note the half marathon is a “run/walk” race — which means it’s open to walkers as well as runners.

Morning at a vineyard in Paso Robles, California. (Photo by Malcolm Carlaw/flickr)

Morning at a vineyard in Paso Robles, California. (Photo by Malcolm Carlaw/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central California, about 200 miles south of San Francisco and about 215 miles north of Los Angeles, the city of Paso Robles typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather around the time of the race, with March temperatures that average between 41°F and 66°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Wine Country Runs Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:15 AM – half marathon, walkers
  • 8:00 AM – half marathon, runners
  • 8:15 AM – 5K


  • $65 – $85 for the half marathon
  • $35 – $45 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Paso Robles’s Wine Country Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.


Official Race Website

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