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Posted: April 22, 2019:  

Athletics: Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon and Chumash Casino Resort Announce Community Sponsorship

13.1-miles of racing and tasting to bring nearly 2,000 runners to Solvang on Saturday, May 11

SANTA BARBARA - April 22, 2019 - Chumash Casino Resort, a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination in Greater Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon today announced a new community partnership for the 2019 event. Nearly 2,000 runners will experience the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley as the 13th annual Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon will take over the streets of downtown Solvang on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

"We are delighted to expand our community sponsorship program with the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon, one of our regionís biggest sporting events attracting runners from across the country," said Bill Peters, General Manager. "This event comes at a key time of the year for us and we look forward to welcoming participants as well as their friends and family to experience our destination resort over race weekend."

Through the partnership, Chumash will host a photo opportunity booth at the fitness fair. Additionally, the resort-owned Hotel Croque will serve as the official headquarter hotel for runners and event staff over race weekend.

"We are excited to have the Chumash Casino Resort on board as an official community partner and their expertise in world-class entertainment will provide our runners with more options than ever during event weekend," said Phyllis Blanchard, Director of Partnerships. "The Santa Barbra Wine Country Half Marathon is more than just an established event in the community, itís a once-in-a-lifetime fitness and wine experience where participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of wine country and all that Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley and Greater Santa Barbra have to offer."

New in 2019, the Santa Barbra Wine Country Half Marathon will feature a revamped route that starts and finishes at Solvang Park. Runners will begin their 13.1-mile journey amidst the windmills and Danish bakeries in downtown Solvang, run along the rolling hills, vineyards and 12 wineries before finishing on Copenhagen Drive in the heart of historic Solvang. After crossing the finish line, participants are invited to join family and friends to kick back, relax, sip and savor wines from 20 wineries at the post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park. Runners can also choose the two-person half-marathon relay option for a shorter run with all of the wine tasting fun.

Race weekend kicks off Friday, May 10 with a free fitness expo in downtown Solvang open to the public. The Expo, where all participants must pick up their bib number and race packet, will be held at Solvang Park from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Over 50 exhibitors will feature free nutritional samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as a series of interactive clinics.

For more information or to register for the half-marathon or two-person relay, visit the event website or follow @SBwinehalf on social media. Further information about the Chumash Resort Casino can be found online at

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