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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to host the 9th Annual SoCal Wine Country Women’s Half Marathon & 5K at the Vail Lake Resort.
I have made the difficult decision to alter this year’s event after painstaking deliberation and knowing that my number one responsibility with hosting these events is the health, safety, and providing the best experience possible for you and all of your fellow runners. Holding the race on May 30th is not in the best interest of our amazing running community and would not be aligned with the recommendations of the top medical experts and the government. While incredibly disappointing for everyone that has been planning, training, and excited to get together for another year of fun, it just would not be the right thing to do when considering everything going on around us.
That being said, I still want to be able to provide a fun experience for every one of you that wants to participate and still give everyone else options that will help alleviate the stress and anxiety that can come from having to cancel plans you have been looking forward to. Unfortunately, being so close to the event, the majority of race expenses have already been spent in preparation of our annual gathering and being a small, one-person business attempting to offer refunds to all participants would devastate our ability to continue to host events in the future. So, with that, we have three options for everyone to choose from in order to provide as many people as possible with a positive outcome to this disappointing news:
I’m sure you are as upset and frustrated with this announcement as I am but I hope we can all make the best out of it with our virtual run while keeping an eye on the bigger picture of the health and safety of ourselves, our running community, and the greater community around us.
Once you make your selection, there is nothing further for you to do for now. I will be reaching out to you with the next steps once we have collected all responses.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.offroadpursuits.com/socal-wine-country/.
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 unique custom finisher's medals!
For all race information, please visit the race website: https://offroadpursuits.com/socal-wine-country/
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. All packet pickup hours can be found here: https://offroadpursuits.com/socal-wine-country/#packets
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, Tailwind Nutrition 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.
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