Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Announces Inaugural Vintners 5 Miler

BUELLTON, Calif.– The inaugural Vintners 5 Miler is set for Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Sanford Winery and Vineyards. This first-time event, hosted by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, will begin at 10am in the winery’s parking lot. The course, suitable for runners of all abilities, covers five miles of mixed terrain including a 350 ft. ascent to a scenic overlook with a commanding view of the Sanford estate vineyards on Santa Rosa Road.
“The Sanford Vineyard is the perfect spot for a competitive run,” said Sanford winemaker and running enthusiast, Steve Fennell, “and this year everything has fallen into place.” Racing event experts from EventPRO have designed the course and will manage the race. After the race, participants are invited to the Finish Line Festival to celebrate the upcoming 2015 harvest with wine tasting, food, live music provided by Dave Courtenay and the Castawaves, and a kid’s zone.
President of the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, Jennifer Williamson Doré from Foxen Vineyard and Winery expressed, “The Foundation is excited to develop this new event to raise funds for our ongoing programs that support our community. We look forward to making this an annual event and appreciate the lead that Steve Fennell and Sanford Winery have taken to make this a reality.” The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation supports local organizations including Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, People Helping People of the Santa Ynez Valley, Direct Relief, Allan Hancock College Enology/Viticulture Program, Arts Outreach of the Santa Ynez Valley, and Santa Barbara Foundation, as well as a scholarship program for students who want to make careers in the wine industry.
Runners of all ages are eligible to participate and walkers are welcome. Registration for the event is available at
About the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation
The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is the charitable umbrella under which Santa Barbara Vintners conducts its philanthropic work. Through the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, Santa Barbara Vintners contributes to the community through local charitable and scholarship organizations with proceeds from its various events.


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