Race Day Transportation

Race Day Transportation

Bus transportation to the start area and back is provided from three locations in the Santa Ynez Valley: Solvang Park (finish and festival area), Santa Ynez Valley High School, and the Hampton Inn in Buellton (for hotel guests only). Parking is available in downtown Solvang and at the main parking lot at the High School for those taking the bus. Please arrive early for bus transportation to avoid lines. If the last bus is full then you must drive to the start and park, or be dropped off. See the bus schedule below.

From the Santa Barbara area, charter buses will run to and from the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel in Santa Barbara and the Bacara Resort & Spa. Runners must pre-purchase passes to secure a space on the Santa Barbara buses during Registration or by adding Race Extras to an existing registration.


Buses to Race Start Area (Santa Ynez)

From Solvang Park (Finish Line) to Start Line
5:20am to 6:20am
Departs every 5-10 minutes for the 4 mile trip.

Mission Dr & 1st St
in Solvang, CA 93463
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Santa Ynez Valley High School to Start Line
5:30am to 6:35am
Departs every 10-15 minutes for the 1 mile trip.

2975 East Highway 246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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Hampton Inn (Buellton) to Start Line
5:40am and 6:20am
*Hotel Guests Only

555 McMurray Road
Buellton, CA 93427
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Fess Parker Doubletree and Bacara Resort to Start Line

5:20 am-Pickup at Fess Parker
**Must purchase in advance.

5:20 am-Pickup at Bacara Resort
**Must purchase in advance.

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Buses to Relay Transition in Los Olivos

Solvang Park to Relay Transition
6:45am and 7:00am
Departs from Solvang Park to Relay Transition.

Start Line Staging Area to Relay Transition
7:10am, 7:15am, and 7:25am
Departs from Start Line staging area in Santa Ynez to relay transition.

Buses from Relay Transition to Festival

8:10, 8:30 & 8:45 (Departs Los Olivos (Relay Transition) to the Finish Line and Festival Area in Solvang)

IMPORTANT: Arrive early to avoid long lines and full buses. If the last scheduled bus is full, you will need to drive and park near the start area, or be dropped off.

Relay participants who begin at the start line will receive their medal and goodie bag at the relay transition area. There will be buses available to transport you to the finish area to retrieve personal belongings from bag check and to partake in the post-race Wine & Music Festival.

Returning Buses

To Start Line Area and Santa Ynez Start Area
9:45am to Noon
Departs from Solvang Park to Santa Ynez Start Area and Santa Ynez High School every 15 minutes.

To Marriott in Buellton
10:30am, 11:05am, and 12:05pm
Departs from Solvang Park to Marriott in Buellton.

To Bacara Resort & Fess Parker’s Doubletree in Santa Barbara
11:15am and 11:45am
Departs Solvang Park to Fess Parker Doubletree and Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara

To Transition Area in Los Olivos
11:05am and 12:05pm
Departs Solvang Park to Los Olivos.

Runner Parking

Runners may park near the start line in Santa Ynez or the finish line in downtown Solvang. Reserved runner parking is available at Santa Ynez Valley High School. Shuttles will run from the High School to the start line every 15 minutes from 5:30-6:30am. Limited parking is also available in downtown Santa Ynez near the start line. Arrive from Hwy 246 and use Edison St. to access the start line parking lots.

Parking is also available in Los Olivos and Downtown Solvang. Shuttles will take runners from Downtown Solvang to the start line and to the relay transition point. See reverse side for shuttle information.

Runner Drop Off

If you are being dropped off at the start line, use Hwy 246 to Meadowvale Rd. to reach the start area. Follow instructions from CHP officers and parking attendants.

IMPORTANT: There is no parking or driving along the course route during the race. Due to runner and vehicle safety, access to Ballard Canyon is closed during the race (7:20am to 10:20am). Do not attempt to drive into Ballard Canyon.

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