Mother’s Day Weekend Running Tradition Returns to its customary Spring Date on Saturday, May 7 for the first time since 2019


Solvang, California – April 4, 2022 – For the first time since 2019, the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon returns to its customary Mother’s Day Weekend and today announced a new partnership with Chumash Casino Resort as the presenting sponsor of the event. The partnership will stretch beyond the deep roots the resort has planted in the community to support one of the premier destination events in the Santa Ynez Valley, which will take place on May 7, 2022.


“The Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon relationship is a great fit for Chumash Casino Resort,” said John Elliott, CEO for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “Supporting a world-class event in our community that brings visitors and provides a platform for charity fundraising was an easy decision for us. We look forward to forming a strong partnership with race organizers as we welcome thousands of runners to experience wine country in May.”


The 2022 Santa Barbra Wine Country Half Marathon presented by Chumash Casino Resort will feature a scenic route that starts and finishes at Solvang Park, offering runners scenic views of windmills, rolling hills, vineyards and 12 wineries before finishing on Copenhagen Drive in the heart of historic Solvang.


Runners can choose the two-person half-marathon relay option for a shorter run with all the wine tasting fun. 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. 


“We are proud to partner with Chumash Casino Resort, the region’s leading entertainment destination,” said Phyllis Blanchard, Director of Partnerships. “Together, we will help runners enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. We are excited to work with Chumash Casino Resort to develop innovative ways to engage runners and support their journey through the entire Santa Barbara Wine Country experience.”


For more information about the event and to register, visit Further information about the Chumash Resort Casino is at


About Chumash Casino Resort

Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California, the Chumash Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.  The casino’s gaming floor is open 24/7 and features 2,500 slot machines, dozens of table games, bingo, poker and daily cash and prize giveaways. In addition to owning and operating the Chumash Casino Resort on the tribe’s reservation, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians also owns Hotel Corque and Hadsten House in Solvang, and one gas station in Santa Ynez.  As the largest employer in the Santa Ynez Valley, the tribe employs nearly 1,800 residents of Santa Barbara County. For more information, visit   


About the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon 


The Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon features a scenic course that starts and finishes in downtown Solvang. Runners will begin the 13.1-mile journey amid the windmills and Danish bakeries along the streets of Solvang, then run along the hills, vineyards and pass 12 wineries before finishing on Copenhagen Drive adjacent to Solvang Park. After crossing the finish line, participants are invited to join family and friends to relax and sip wines from 20 wineries at the post-race Wine & Music Festival. Runners can also choose the two-person half-marathon relay option for a shorter run that includes the wine tasting. Race weekend kicks off Friday, May 7, with a free fitness expo, 1-7 p.m. in downtown Solvang. The expo is open to the public. More than 50 exhibitors will feature free nutritional samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as a series of interactive clinics. All race participants must pick up their bib numbers and race packets at the expo. For more information or to register for the half-marathon or two-person relay, visit  


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