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Grab your friends and take on the Southern California's Original Women's Trail Half Marathon & 5K! Whether this is your first half marathon or you're a trail running veteran, the SoCal Wine Country Half Marathon will challenge you over a beautiful course. After the race, hang out with friends, new and old, at the awards ceremony and post-race celebration. There will be food and drink, FREE wine, and product demonstrations from our various sponsors.
All event participants will receive a technical race t-shirt, a commemorative race logo’d wine glass, and a wine-bottle stopper race medal!
Want to experience this race as a team with your running partners? Sign up a team of women and you'll save $5 per person off your registration fee! In addition to individual timing, any team with 4 or more women will be included in the team competitions.
Fastest Team - Determined by avg time of finishing team members
Team Spirit - Wear costumes, team uniforms, and be creative with your team name! It's all about having fun!
Teams must have a minimum of 4 members participating in the same distance to receive a team result.
Come on out for this celebration of trails, adventure and wine! For instructions on signing up a team check out the Registration Page.
There are a number of opportunities to pick up your race packet throughout the week leading up to the race. If you are unable to make it to the packet pickup locations from Friday through Thursday, packets will be available at the race site for a few hours on Friday and then again on race morning.
Pre-Race Day Packet Pickup
Pre-Race Day Packet Pickup Information Coming Soon....
RACE DAY: SEE BELOW
Half Marathon: 6AM - 6:45AM
5K: 7AM - 7:45AM
It is imperative that you arrive early for your packet pick up. If you do not pick up your packet before the cut off, you will not be able to race.
Half Marathon Race Start: 7AM
The race will start at 7AM sharp! Don't be late.
5K Race Start: 8 AM
Race Cutoff: 11AM
There is a 4 hour cutoff for the SoCal Wine Country Women's Half Marathon. If you do not cross the finish line in under 4 hours you will not be eligible for the finisher's awards. This is a challenging half marathon courseand we want to see you finish!
Post-Race Celebration: 10AM - 1PM
Once you cross the finish line hang out and cheer on your friends and fellow runners. Then head in to the post-race celebration to see the awards ceremony, grab some food and drink from the available vendors, and enjoy a free glass of wine (21+ of course).
Wine tasting is available for as long as the bottles last...how's that for a little motivation for a PR?
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
It will be hot on race day so carrying some type of hydration with you is a must! A minimum of a 20 ounce hand bottle is recommended but a belt or hydration pack might be preferred depending on what you are comfortable with. You’ve worked hard to train for this race, don’t risk dehydration on race day by not carrying something with you!
There will be 5 full aid stations on the course for the half marathon as well as a “water only” station that you will pass twice. All aid stations will be stocked with water, electrolyte drink and Honey Stinger Energy Gels. If you haven’t tried these products, be sure to test them out before the event. Remember, nothing new on race day!
Approximate Aid Station Locations:
Mile 8.6 – Water Only
Mile 12.4 – Water Only
There will be a water-only station along the 5K course that you will pass twice on your out and back route. The location will be approximately Mile .7 and Mile 2.4. It is strongly recommended that you carry some hydration with you for your 5K.
The course begins with approximately .5 miles of paved road before entering a mix of double track and single track trails. Once you arrive on the trails you will follow them past the pool area until you reach the primary trail system.
Here you turn left and will start a gradual climb. The next 1.5 miles will be rolling terrain including a short but steep downhill. Be sure to use caution on this section, it is steep and rocky. You will have a nice descent that will take you to a loop around the paintball park. Targeting your fellow race participants is not encouraged!
After the paintball course loop, you will head to the one significant and sustained climb on the course . Just remember, what goes up, must come down. The climb will be on some very nice single track trail and will be followed by a fast, fire road descent to loosen the legs back up. It will be a challenging section but very well worth it!
After the descent you will turn right to stay on the fire road and follow it to two (2) quick lefts. Here you will veer right off the double track and make a short quick climb to rolling single track. This will end with another steep downhill (USE CAUTION) that will return you to double track trail where you will take a sharp left and begin heading back towards the trails you ran earlier.
You will bypass the long climb section of the course and head back to the loop around the paintball course. You will then continue on the trails you ran earlier which means this time you’ll have to climb that short, steep hill you were cautious going down earlier. This will be a tough little hill and remember, there is no expectation to run the entire course in a trail race; power walking or hiking some sections are highly recommended!
OK, so you climbed that bugger and you’re feeling pretty beat but most of the hard work is done. From here you return long the double track trails and head in to the out and back section along the lake. This will consist of rolling hills, beautiful views of the lake, and a 1/4 mile steep climb to the turn around. After the return trip you will make a hard right that will take you to a flat section and will lead you back past the pool area.
At the end of the trail you will be back on the pavement as you run flat through the campground. From here it’s a gradual paved climb to the finish line and all the glory!
The 5K course will be an out and back that follows the beginning of the half marathon. Like the half marathon, the 5K course begins with approximately .5 miles of paved road. Once you arrive on the trails you will follow them past the pool area until you reach the primary trail system. Here you will take a right and start a rolling out-and-back section that will take you along Vail Lake on a wide fire road. Stay alert for the “5K Turn Around” sign that will be located at the half way point. From here, you will return along the same route that you have already run.
**Course is subject to change based on the discretion of Vail Lake Resort or the Race Director.