Brown Wins, Vorgitch Defends 5th Vintners 5 Miler

Special anniversary edition offered a unique vineyard trail run & walk plus a one-of-a-kind post-race Finish Line Festival with wine tasting, local food, live music and silent auction at Sanford Winery; an event record of more than 450 runners & walkers, friends & family enjoyed and supported the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation fundraiser for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

LOMPOC, Calif. – On a cool, overcast Saturday morning in the Sta. Rita Hills, Kris Brown of Santa Barbara and Madelyn Vorgitch of Moorpark won the 5th Vintners 5 Miler presented by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation. Over a mixed terrain course with scenic views overlooking the Sanford Winery and Vineyards, Brown, 30, finished first in 28 minutes, 34 seconds, while Vorgitch, 23, not only defended her title in 31:20, but she also smashed her 2018 course record of 31:44 and placed third overall.

“With ideal weather for the runners, walkers and post-event Finish Line Festival plus an event attendee record, our 5th anniversary edition was a huge success,” said Jessica Gasca, President of the Vintners Foundation. “We cannot thank enough all of our participants, sponsors, volunteers, silent auction donors and host Sanford Winery for presenting such an outstanding, fun community event. Together, we raised funds for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, one of the Vintners Foundation’s supported community organizations.”

For the fourth straight year, the event entrants: 5 Mile (394) attracted a record number of and the 1 Mile Wine Walk (70), with 464 overall. Every finisher received a 5th anniversary t-shirt & medal, and the adults – 21 & older – commemorative wine glasses. The 5 Miler was also a Santa Barbara Athletic Association (SBAA) Grand Prix scoring event.

The team competition had a record 15 scoring teams (5 runners or more) with 241 team members overall. The team title – top 5 runners scored by time – was won by Power of Your Om Yoga Studio led by men’s champion Brown (28:34). The team set an event record with a 34:25 average (Brown, Jason Smith, 30:51; Dan Rudd 36:34; Adrienne Smith, 37:58 and Jim Sloan, 38:07); previous team record was 34:29 by The Screwcaps in 2016. Inside Track Running Club (ITRC) and Grassini Family Vineyards again had the largest teams, 52 and 34 members, respectively.

After the run / walk, the Vintners event offered a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly Finish Line Festival that included complimentary wine tasting, live music by local musician Catalina Esteves, yard games and delicious local food served by the Four Seasons Resort: The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Willows Restaurant + Bar, Cecco Ristorante and The Doggy Door.

At the 5th edition, 13 wineries also poured their latest-and-greatest: Bolt To, Brave & Maiden Estate, Cambria Wines, Dragonette, Foxen Vineyard & Winery, Grassini Family Vineyards, Martian Ranch & Vineyard, Nielsen Wines, Pence Vineyards, Riverbench Winery, Story of Soil, Sweetzer Cellars and event host Sanford Winery.

Community event sponsors included: Visit Santa Ynez Valley, Four Seasons Resort: The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Elite Party Rentals, Wineshipping and Isla Vista Screen Printing.

The event also held a silent auction, and Santa Barbara Vintners Association members donated an array of items including vineyards tours, tasting experiences and many fine wine lots. The proceeds from this year’s event will support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. The Foodbank’s mission is to end hunger and transform the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition.

The Vintners 5 Miler was produced by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation and EventPRO, a Santa Barbara-based media & marketing company.

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See Vintners 5 Miler history HERE.

ABOUT SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS FOUNDATION
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Running for the Vine

Running for the Vine

Santa Barbara’s jogging winemakers prepare for 5th Vintners 5 Miler on Saturday, July 20 at Sanford Winery

By Matt Kettmann, Santa Barbara Independent

Contrary to stereotypical notions of rotund, leisurely bon vivants, Santa Barbara County’s winemakers are a rather athletic bunch. Many stay fit by jogging, often through the vineyards, which makes the upcoming Vintners 5 Miler and its Finish Line Festival, a perfect pairing of exercise and oenology. To see how running and winemaking mesh, I asked five running winemakers to explain how their two passions work together. 

Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Gets Set for 5th Anniversary Vintners 5 Miler

Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Gets Set for 5th Anniversary Vintners 5 Miler

Sanford Winery again hosts unique off-road run; SBAA Grand Prix event also includes 1 Mile Wine Walk and family-friendly Finish Line Festival; proceeds to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County; register today at sbvintersrun.com

BUELLTON, Calif. – (June 24, 2019) – The Fifth Anniversary Vintners 5 Miler is set for Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Sanford Winery and Vineyards. This unique running event, hosted by Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, starts at 9:00am in front of the winery and covers a 5 mile course for runners of all abilities and ages. The mixed terrain course, which includes a 350 ft. ascent to a scenic overlook with a commanding view of the Sanford estate vineyards on Santa Rosa Road, presents a challenge for experienced racers while the “Wine Walk” offers a 1 Mile course suitable for a leisurely stroll through the vineyard.

Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation on the Mark for Fourth Annual Vintners 5 Miler

BUELLTON, Calif. – (June 27, 2018) – The fourth annual Vintners 5 Miler is set for Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Sanford Winery and Vineyards.  This unique running event, hosted by Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, starts at 9:00am in front of the winery and covers a five mile course suitable for runners of all abilities. The mixed terrain course, which includes a 350 ft. ascent to a scenic overlook with a commanding view of the Sanford estate vineyards on Santa Rosa Road, presents plenty of challenge for resolute racers while the “Wine Walk” offers a mile-long course for those who prefer a shorter stroll through the vineyard.

Ho, Jones Win Vintners 5 Miler at Sanford Winery

LOMPOC, Calif. – (July 22, 2017) – On an ideal overcast Saturday morning for running, Ricky Ho of Santa Barbara and Mary Jones of Ventura won the third Vintners 5 Miler presented by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation. Over this unique trail course with mixed terrain and incredible views overlooking the Sanford Winery and Vineyards on Santa Rosa Road, Ho, the inaugural 2015 race champion, age 41, clocked 30 minutes, 50 seconds for the victory, while Jones, 47, was the top woman in 34:24, also finishing 5th overall.

Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Presents Third Running of Vintners 5 Miler

BUELLTON, Calif. – (June 27, 2017) – The third running of the Vintners 5 Miler plus 1 Mile Wine Walk is slated for Saturday, July 22, 2017, again hosted at the world-famous Sanford Winery traversing the Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. This unique off-road running event, presented by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, will begin at 9:00am in front of the winery and cover a 5 mile or 1 mile course suitable for runners and walkers of all age and abilities. The mixed terrain 5 mile course includes a 350 ft. ascent to a spectacular overlook with a commanding view of the Sta. Rita Hills. New this year, the 5 Miler is a Santa Barbara Athletic Association (SBAA) Grand Prix scoring event.

Santa Barbara Locals Moreno, Guillen Win 2nd Vintners 5 Miler Presented by Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation

Second edition celebrates unique trail race with one-of-a-kind post-race Finish Line Festival at Sanford Winery with wine tasting, local food and live music; more than 350 runners, friends and family enjoy Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation fundraiser for its community programs

LOMPOC, Calif. – (July 23, 2016) – On a postcard perfect sunny Saturday morning, Ramiro Guillen and Dani Moreno of Santa Barbara won the second Vintners 5 Miler presented by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation. On this unique trail run with mixed terrain and spectacular views of the Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards on Santa Rosa Road, Guillen, 33, bested the field, clocking 27 minutes, 7 seconds, while defending champion, Moreno, 24, crossed the finish line in 32:30 as top woman again, finishing 5th overall.

Ho, Moreno Win Inaugural Vintners 5 Miler at Sanford Winery

Unique, non-traditional race with one-of-a-kind post-race Finish Line Festival with wine tasting, live music, BBQ lunch by the Hitching Post draws more than 300 runners, friends and family; Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation fundraiser for its community programs

LOMPOC, Calif. – (July 30, 2015) – On a picture perfect Saturday morning on July 25, Ricky Ho of Carpinteria and Dani Moreno of Santa Barbara won the inaugural Vintners 5 Miler presented by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation. On this unique trail run with mixed terrain and spectacular views overlooking the Sanford Winery and Vineyards on Santa Rosa Road, Ho, 39, bested the field, clocking 30 minutes, 8 seconds, while recent UCSB grad Moreno, 23, crossed the finish line in 31:48 as top woman, finishing 5th overall.