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Popular Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon Set for July

17 Jan, 2017


Here's a Great Statistic: Wine Country Race Sold Out in 17 Minutes Last Year

If runners snooze, they’ll lose on a chance to get one of the most sought-after race bibs in the U.S. The 14th annual Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, produced by Destination Races, has opened registration. Registration has also opened for the GunBunFunRun 5K. The races are to be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  

 The half marathon course begins at Cuvaison Carneros Winery in Napa, CA and finishes in historic Sonoma Plaza. Each finisher receives a race shirt, finisher’s medal and an etched wine glass. Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries help make the signature post-race Wine and Music Festival memorable for runners, as they are treated to wine tastings from esteemed local wine producers, plus live music, exhibitors, massage tents, food trucks and the Lagunitas Beer Garden. An awards ceremony rewards top finishers with wine, prizes and checks presented by Rabobank.

Leading up to the race participants are invited to attend wine and culinary themed events in Napa and Sonoma. The Race Expo and packet pickup is held at Cornerstone Sonoma on Saturday July 15th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. “This is the flagship event in our Wine Country Half Marathon Series and we always strive to showcase the finest venues, experiences and wines of this iconic wine region,” said Matt Dockstader, CEO of Destination Races. “Being able to run from a winery in Napa to Sonoma, finish the race on Broadway in front of City Hall, then sample Napa and Sonoma wines in historic Sonoma Plaza, is an experience that is unique in our sport and fuels the popularity of this event.”

Individuals wishing to run the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half are urged to be ready to register at Noon on Friday. Teams of 6 people or more can also register on the 11th and have until the November 25th to complete their team. Those seeking a more elevated experience with additional amenities can register in the Private or Estate Reserve categories.  Here is more information the registration process:

  • Go to the registration page on the event website at: http://destinationraces.com/runn2s

  • INDIVIDUAL, VIP, and TEAM registration opens on the SAME DAY, Friday,     November 11th at 12:00 Noon PST

  • Individual Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is likely to sell out in minutes

  • Team registration closes on November 25th. All legitimate teams of 6 or more runners who register within that time frame will be accepted. Teams save $5.00 per person

  • Runners who do not register before sell out will be allowed to register for a second chance drawing that will take place on March 1, 2017. A minimum of 100 spots will be drawn in March.

Founded in 2004, Napa-to-Sonoma is the original race in the Wine Country Half Marathon Series.  Destination Races produces six other events in the series, on all held in popular wine regions, and featuring scenic courses and trademark post-race Wine & Music Festival. For more information on the Wine Country Half Marathon Series and Destination Races, visit www.destinationraces.com.

About Destination Races: Destination Races, based in Sonoma, California, is the pioneer producer of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Founded in 2004, the Wine Country Half Marathon Series consists of eight races across prestigious wine regions in North America. Offering unforgettable experiences on and off the course, including the popular post-race wine and music festival, runners travel far and wide for these boutique destination races. The Wine Country Half Marathon Series has limited fields in each event to ensure the participants and their guests have the opportunity to enjoy winery tours, receptions and dinners featuring the local bounty at esteemed wineries and other unique venues. Current races include – Santa Barbara, Northern Virginia, Napa-to-Sonoma, Oregon (Willamette Valley), Kelowna, B.C., Woodinville, WA, and Healdsburg, CA.

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