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

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.

 “We are very excited to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of this great community event at Sanford Winery,” says Jessica Gasca, president of the Vintners Foundation. “It’s a wonderful day that highlights healthful living featuring both exercise and wine.”

After the race, participants will enjoy the family-friendly Finish Line Festival to celebrate the upcoming 2019 harvest with wine tasting, food provided by notable local food purveyors including Bella Vista at the Four Seasons Resort, live music and a kid’s zone.

“Continuing the emphasis on health and well-being, proceeds from this year’s event benefit Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and their Alma Cena Sana program,” added Ms. Gasca. The Alma Cena Sana program provides food, health screenings and access to social services at weekly health fairs for families in Lompoc.

In addition to the Foodbank, Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation supports many local organizations including Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Foundation, People Helping People of the Santa Ynez Valley, Direct Relief, Allan Hancock College Enology/Viticulture Program, SBIFF and Santa Barbara Foundation as well as a scholarship program.

Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation also welcomes event sponsors from the local community. If your company is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Jessica Gasca at

Overall, the 2018 event drew a record 370 entrants with 328 finishers in the 5 Mile and 1 Mile Wine Walk.

The Santa Barbara Athletic Association selected the Vintners 5 Miler as its 2017 Event of the Year, and the 5 Miler is again a SBAA Grand Prix event.

Runners & walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the Vintners 5 Miler and 1 Mile Wine Walk. Registration for the 5th edition is available at:

Running experts from EventPRO have designed the course and will manage the race.

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.