Mar 17, 2013 6:44 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Hundreds come out for 17th Annual Wine Country Run

The 17th Annual Wine Country Run was held in Paso Robles Sunday.

Runners from all over the country came together for the event at the Oaks Hot Springs.

Participants could choose a half marathon run or a 5K. Kids were also included. A half mile Kid's Grape Stomp Run was part of the event.

Organizers say over 500 people showed up to run.

The event is entirely volunteer based and raises money for local charities.

"Some of the non-profit organizations in the community will volunteer at the race and then in exchange for their volunteerism, we will make donations to their organization," said Steve Mcallen, the Race Director.

About 120 people volunteered at today's event.

The race course ran along Paso Vineyards and the Salinas River.

"It's challenging. There's a couple of decent hills on it. It's also a beautiful course, especially right about now. The weather at eight in the morning is about 46 degrees, nice and crisp, which is the way a runner wants it," said Mcallen.

Since the event started, over $245,000 have been raised for local non-profits.



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