Santa Barbara and the adjoining Santa Ynez Valley offer the ideal destination running experience. Held in early May on Mother’s Day weekend, it’s the perfect time for a Half Marathon. The race course takes you by beautiful wineries and amazing views on Ballard Canyon Road then enjoy the Wine and Music Festival in Solvang Park. Run the half marathon or the two-person relay. Form a team of six or more. Run with, or for, your mother. The Race Expo takes place on Friday where you can pick up your race packet and is FREE and open to the public. At the Race Expo you will receive your bib, timing chip, shirt and other race information. Exhibitor booths, sampling, merchandise sales and other events are typically held at the Race Expo. The Half Marathon and 2- person Half Marathon Relay starts at 7am on Saturday. The course runs by beautiful wineries and amazing views on Ballard Canyon Road. The Wine and Music Festival starts at 9:30am - 12pm for race participants (if purchased during registration) to enjoy and guest wine glasses are also available for purchase to enjoy the approximately 20 local wineries who will be pouring their best white and red wines.