California > Temecula Valley Half Marathon & 5K
Temecula, CA • Saturday, January 19, 2013 • Course Map
Though the Northern California wine country is arguably more well-known, Southern California also has its share of wineries and vineyards, some within just an hour or two's drive from Los Angeles. At the Temecula Valley Half Marathon & 5K, which makes its inaugural run in late January 2012, you'll feel like you're quite a long way from the streets of Hollywood indeed, as this race takes runners on an out-and-back tour of the rolling hills at the southern end of California's Inland Empire.
The course for both the half marathon and the 5K starts and finishes at the Monte De Oro Winery, which is tucked into the Temecula Valley near the intersection of Monte De Oro Road and Rancho California Road, about eight miles outside downtown Temecula. One of Southern California's newer wineries -- Monte De Oro was founded in 2002 -- it grows largely the kinds of red wines found throughout the Temecula Valley, from mostly warmer-climate grapes like those found in southern Europe, especially southern France and Italy.
Runners start the half marathon at 8:30 AM in the parking lot on the grounds of the winery, and from there head out onto Rancho California Road, heading south. They'll stay on Rancho California Road for about the next two miles, passing by vineyards bordered by the familiar rolling hills of this region along the way, as they pass by wineries like South Coast and Maurice Car'rie, whose white picket fences and classic style homes make almost a picture perfect postcard.
Once the route reaches Calle Contento, runners turn right and head north all the way to turns onto Vista del Monte Road and Vino Way, passing by a number of other wineries in the process, including Alex's Red Barn Winery, Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Villa De Amore. A couple more turns, on Anza Road and Berenda Road, and runners are making their way north along Berenda to Buck Road, which they'll follow all the way out north to the race turnaround point, just before reaching the mile 8 marker.
After they make the turn, runners then head back south along the route they've just run in reverse, passing by much of the scenery that makes this region so picturesque, with plenty of green and brown hills with rows of grapes growing on many of the hillsides. The route along Berenda leads back to Anza Road, where runners make a left this time instead of a right and head south toward Rancho California Road, and make another left to head back toward Monte De Oro for the race finish.
While the half marathon is open to runners only, the 5K is open to both runners and walkers and starts a half-hour after the half marathon, at 9:00 AM. The race also hosts a one-mile fun run for kids, which starts at 8:00 AM.
Weather & Climate
Located at the southern end of the region known as the Inland Empire in Southern California, about 85 miles southeast of Los Angeles and roughly 58 miles north of San Diego, Temecula typically sees January temperatures that average between 66°F and 36°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.6 inches for the month, making January the city's second-wettest month of the year. On the day of the race (Jan. 19), the average high is 66°F and the average low is 36°F.
View the race route map for the Temecula Valley Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by July 1, 2012
$60 between July 2 - September 30
$65 between October 1 - December 23
$75 between Dec. 24 - January 19, 2013
To reserve your spot in the winter 2013 running of the Temecula Valley Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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