Our Mission

Wine Country Runs, founded in 1997, is a non-profit whose sole purpose is to support local charities and youth sports organizations in Northern San Luis Obispo County.  The Half Marathon, 5K and Kids 1/2 Mile Fun Run are set in Paso Robles along picturesque country roads and vineyards – truly perfect for all ages!
Past recipients of funds from Wine Country Runs include:
  • The 4A Foundation for Paso Robles Schools
  • Jack’s Helping Hand
  • North County Aquatics Club
  • North County Performing Arts Foundation
  • Paso Robles Youth Sports Council
  • Shelby Sudbrink Mermorial Scholarship Foundation
  • Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation
  • Saint Rose Catholic School Athletic Fund
  • Templeton Parks & Recreation Department
  • Templeton Youth Baseball League
  • Many more
Since its inception, Wine Country Runs has donated approximately $450,000 to charity.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the half marathon event have pace runners?

A: No. Neither a pace runner or pace car will be utilized at this year’s event.

Q: What do I need to bring on race day?

A: All participants should wear their bibs, which should be clearly displayed while running. All runners will need a wearable fitness tracking device, such as Garmin, Strava and Fitbit (among others) and have the sodisp app downloaded and synced to that device. Also, since the race is in a hybrid format and volunteers will be limited at the venue, please come ready to run with minimal support. We will have a water refill station and restrooms available, but do know that race support will not be like year’s past.

Q: Where will race results be posted?

A: Race results will be posted on our results page.

Q: Are baby carriers or backpacks allowed on the course?

A: Yes. Carriers and strollers are allowed on the course this year. A positive of the hybrid format!

Q: Are bikes, roller skates, or skateboards allowed on the course?

A: Yes, but only for the 5K race. Adventure-seekers can roll, wheel or scoot their way to the 5K finish line!

Q: Is there a group registration form that I can fill out for my company?

A: Yes, the more the merrier! Contact us, and we’ll get you the form.

Q: Will there be on-site, same-day registration?

A: No. This year, would be participants cannot register via same day registration. As such, all participants are asked to register online in advance. Registration details, including deadlines, can be found on our course info pages.

Q: Are there overnight accommodations at the race venue?

A: Yes. Participants and guests can book rooms directly with CaliPaso Winery & Villa by visiting their website.

Q: Can I get a refund?

A: Sorry, no refunds or transfers are allowed.

Q: Will there be aid stations on the course?

A: No. Normally, aid stations would be located along the half marathon course, but since this is a covid recovery year, things will be a little different. There will be three water refill and restrooms stations staged along the course and volunteers will be stopping by periodically to check and refill supplies.

Q: Are pets allowed on the course?

A: Yes. This year, pets are allowed and encouraged to join the fun!