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Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

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July 16, 2017 (Sunday)
Half Marathon
Cuvaison Carneros Estate Winery
Napa, California
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This iconic race produced by Destination Races starts in Napa, and winds through the Carneros wine region before finishing in front of City Hall in Sonoma. Includes running shirt, cool finishers medal, Riedel wine glass and entry into the Wine & Music Festival in Sonoma Plaza. Sells out immediately.

The Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon is not just a race, itís a life experience! Whether you are a dedicated endurance runner or relatively new to running, this event promises to be a highlight of your career. The world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys offer plenty of activities, great wines and restaurants in proximity to the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area.
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Event Start Location
This scenic Napa to Sonoma 13.1 mile course starts at Cuvaison Carneros Estate at 1221 Duhig Road just off of Hwy 121. Runners congregate in one of the most beautiful start areas anywhere. You'll warm up next to the winery alongside rows of rolling vineyards and a reservoir. Once out of the starting gate, there is a short but steep ascent up Duhig (Butt Burner Hill) and then itís a beautiful cruise down into the Carneros wine country.

Course Description
This scenic 13.1 mile course starts at Cuvaison Carneros Estate Winery in Napa. While enjoying vistas of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, the San Pablo Bay and the hills of Marin County, youíll be able to smell the grapes as you wind through hundreds of rolling acres of vineyards, six wineries, farms and ranches.

The races finishes down Broadway into historic City Hall in the Sonoma Plaza. Bring your family and friends and celebrate at the post-race awards and Wine & Music Festival. Your entry Includes a shirt, medal, goodie bag, cash and wine awards, wine glass & ticket to the wine tasting. Limited to 3,300 runners and racewalkers! Register early as event sells out!

Enjoy vistas of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Preserve, San Pablo Bay and Mt. Tamalpais in Marin, as you wind through hundreds of rolling acres of vineyards and wineries. You'll also pass ranches filled with a variety of animals including horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, llamaís, chickens and donkeys on your way into Sonoma. You'll finish down Broadway in Sonoma to a throng of cheering spectators leading to the finish line right in front of City Hall. Then its time to enjoy the awards and the popular post-race Wine & Music Festival in the plaza.

Awards
Over 20 cases of wine, at least $2,500 in cash, and other prizes are awarded at the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon!

Top 3 Overall Male & Female
1st Place = $500 plus and magnum of wine
Bonus of $500 for setting the course record
2nd Place = $300 plus magnum of wine
3rd Place = $200 plus magnum of wine

Age Group Awards
Wine is awarded to top 3 male and female finishers in age division every 5 years from 21 to 70 age groups. Awards are determined by the runner's age on race day. Certificates are provided for the under 21 age group. Age Divisions determined by the runner's age on race day.

Team Awards
The top two teams of 6 or more members will receive awards. A team must have a minimum of 6 runners finish the half marathon to qualify as a team.

Top Masters Male & Female
The winning times for Masters runners (40+) M & F receive wine and a gift certificate.
Top Napa-to-Sonoma Finisher
A friendly competition between Napa and Sonoma exists for local supremacy. The top M and F finishers from either county win a bottle of wine from their county, and a $100 gift certificate to Napa Running Company.


Packet Pickup / Expo
Packets include event information, your bib, timing chip, special offers and goodies. Identification will be required to pick up your packet.

Early Packet Pickup:
Date: Friday July 19th
Time: 5:00p-8:00pm
Location: Sports Basement Presidio

Welcome Reception:
Join us at Cuvaison, one of the most sleek and sophisticated wineries in Carneros and the location for the start of the race. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to relax with fellow runners, your race director, and special guests along with runners from around the country for this intimate pre-race celebration. Appetizers and Cuvaison wines will be served. Space is limited.

Date: Friday July 19, 2013
Location: Cuvaison Winery, 1221 Duhig Rd, Napa
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Race Expo and Packet Pickup:
This year's Race Expo is at Reata Winery located off Hwy 12 in Southern Napa. The expo features seminars, guest speakers, sampling, merchandise sales, exhibitor and information booths. Your packet contains your personalized race bib with timing chip, product offers, plus you will receive your running shirt and information about the race and other activities. The expo open to the public and is free of charge.

Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Time: 10:00am-7:00pm
Location: Reata Winery, 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd, Napa

Race Day Packet Pickup:
Late packet pickup is provided at the check-in table near the start area at Cuvaison Carneros Winery. You must sign up and pay for this option in advance.

Time: 5:15am to 6:30am
Location: Start area; Cuvaison Carneros Winery (Map)
For Race Day pickup please sign up online in advance and plan to arrive at the start area at least 35 minutes prior to start time to check in and collect your packet and shirt.

Post Race Activities
10:15am - Awards Ceremony
9:30am to Noon - Wine & Music Festival in SONOMA PLAZA
10am to 12:30pm - Bus transportation return trips
1pm to 5pm - Finishers party at participating wineries

Weather
Race start time temperatures are usually ideal and will range from a cool of low 50ís to a high of low 60ís depending upon whether fog is present. Summer temperatures are usually very moderate and pleasant in southern Sonoma and Napa counties as the proximity to the bay creates breezes and fog that act as natural air conditioning.

If a high pressure system keeps the cool air offshore and skies are clear, temperatures could reach as high as the 70's by mid-morning. Be prepared for either condition. Afternoon high temperatures typically range between 75 and 85 degrees. There is virtually no summer rain, just fog, in the area.

Parking
There is NO parking at the start area due to the congestion created on Hwy 121 by traffic. Participants should take the buses to the start area. Drop-off is allowed on Duhig Rd next to the start area. Please be advised there may be traffic congestion in the drop area and you will likely experience delays unless you arrive early.
Viewing
If you are not a runner, but would like to watch a friend/family member at the start, there is a spectator bus provided to the start area which will return to Sonoma Plaza for the finish. There is also a drop area at Domaine Carneros winery and you may drive back to Cuttings Wharf Rd to Las Amigas Rd and park along Las Amigas to watch the runners as they pass the first ais station at mile 2 at Las Amigas and Duhig Rd. There are no vehicles allowed on Duhig, Ramal Rd. or Burdale. The next place to watch the runners is on Broadway for the last 1/2 mile as they finish in front of City Hall in Sonoma Plaza.
 
 

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Results
Year: 2007               
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Fernando Velez Cabada   Half Marathon Men 1:04:56 4:57  12.1 mph 
 Patty Roger   Half Marathon Women 1:22:37 6:18  9.51 mph 
 Roger Cross   Half Marathon Masters Men 1:15:49 5:47  10.37 mph 
 Sarah Krakoff   Half Marathon  Masters Women  1:28:31 6:45  8.88 mph 
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