Prepare for one of the country’s most scenic running events
Passing through Napa Valley’s most stunning scenery, vineyards, and world-class wineries, the Napa Valley Marathon takes place along the historic Silverado Trail and is one of the most unique ways to experience California’s Wine Country. Kicking off in Calistoga and finishing in Napa, this marathon is guaranteed to live up to its reputation as one of the top running races worth traveling for.
What, Where, and When
Since 1979, the Napa Valley Marathon has been a race that runners turn to for an inspiring experience in a stunning setting. The beautiful point-to-point course guides marathoners along a historic course that takes you from the charming city of Calistoga to downtown Napa, experiencing some of the country’s most gorgeous landscapes along the way. Taking place this year on March 1st, the event attracts some of the most competitive runners in the country thanks to its being a Boston Marathon qualifier, as well as those newer to the sport looking for a quality road race surrounded by all Napa has to offer.
In 2019, a half marathon distance was added to the programming, opening up the event for even more runners to enjoy, and a 5K distance is also available.
Those looking to make their marathon experience even more special can choose a VIP package that brings together the culture of Napa with marathon weekend. Perks are limited to 50 people within each distance group and include a bottle of wine from a local winery, a training program, a private pre-race area, a post-race recovery zone, and access to post-race celebrations after your big accomplishment. Organizers are also offering a VIP pasta dinner the night before the race, where you can carb-load and enjoy local wine and beer with other race VIPs as you get in the marathon headspace.
Where to Watch
If you want to be a part of this energy-packed event but aren’t a runner, there are many opportunities to participate in marathon weekend in Napa. Thanks to the race taking place in one of the country’s most scenic environments, there are a number of great spots you can hunker down for the day to cheer on the marathoners as they run through the county’s wine region. The most popular place to watch is Pope Street, and you can also find parking at Oakville Crossroad. When the runners finish in downtown Napa, take the afternoon to soak up the marathon energy, visit local restaurants and wineries, and celebrate with finishers over a glass of wine and local food.
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