With everything going on in the world right now, one bright spot I’ve been clinging to is the optimism that I would get to see all of you amazing women gathered together on May 30th to celebrate, get dirty on the trails, and party it up afterward!

It crushes me to announce that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I will not be able to host the 9th Annual SoCal Wine Country Women’s Half Marathon & 5K at the Vail Lake Resort. After painstaking deliberation, I have made the difficult decision to alter this year’s event.

Holding the race on May 30th is not in the best interest of our amazing running community. In alignment with recommendations from our top medical experts, the health and safety of each individual runner, our running community, and the greater community around us is what matters most. Your safety and experience is my number one priority!

That being said, I still want to provide a fun experience for every one of you who wants to participate and offer some options to alleviate the stress and anxiety that can come from canceling plans you have been looking forward to.

Unfortunately, being so close to the event, the majority of race expenses have already been spent in preparation for our annual gathering. Being a small, one-person business, attempting to offer refunds to all participants would devastate my ability to continue to host events in the future.

To provide as many of you as possible with a positive outcome to this disappointing news, I have three options for you to choose from:

  1. We’re going VIRTUAL! I’ll be transitioning the race to a virtual event so that we can still gather (online) and support, celebrate, and encourage each other through our training and race day. Anyone participating in the virtual event will have their race bib, shirt, medal, wine glass (Yes, the same real GLASS wine glass you would get at the race), and race sticker mailed directly to you at no extra cost.The virtual race will feature a Facebook Group for us all to join together to encourage and celebrate. I really hope you will join us for this option so we can continue the 9-year tradition of celebrating women, running, trails, and wine!
  2. Roll it on over! If a virtual event just isn’t for you, it’s OK! You can roll your entry over to 2021! There’s no cost or fee associated with deferring to next year, just let me know.
  3. Join us elsewhere! Don’t want to join the virtual fun or wait until next June? You can roll your entry fee into one of my other Off Road Pursuits events. This would include the 2020 Lake Hodges Trail Feston October 24th, the San Diego 50 Mile & Marathon (tentatively scheduled for 1/16/21), or the Lake Hodges Trail Fest in October 2021!

I’m sure you are as upset and frustrated with this announcement as I am. But I hope we can all make the best out of it with our virtual run while keeping an eye on the bigger picture of the health and safety of ourselves, our running community, and the greater community around us.

 

What’s Next?
All you have to do is head over to RunSignup.com and select your option.

Select Your Option Here:
https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Temecula/SoCalWineCountryWomensHalfMarathon

You will have until Wednesday, April 8th at Midnight to select which option would be best for you. Once I have everyone’s responses, I will reach out with more information depending on your selection.

If you choose the option of joining us for the Virtual Run, you may take the extra step of transferring yourself to the virtual distance of your choice. You will need to do this at some point so doing it now will just save you time later.

To transfer yourself to the Virtual Run, follow these instructions: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062922-transfer-to-another-event.

This process will ensure we have the correct event for you as well as the correct shipping address for your goodies!

 

I’m so very sorry we won’t be able to gather together for the fun day we have come to look forward to over the years. But I truly hope we can all get together (virtually) on May 30th for a great run and raise a glass of wine to toast each other after! I’m going to miss seeing all of your amazing faces crossing the finish line this year. But these challenges are just going to make next year’s event even better.

Remember, nothing stops a runner!

Sincerely,
Paul Jesse
Race Director