Marathon College

10:00 a.m.

Secrets of Running the Napa Valley Marathon Course
Review of the course begins with an update on CHP coverage of the race by one of the participating CHP officers. Insights into running the course by many-time finisher Mike Baumann, age-group phenom John Keston, and other veterans of the course.

11:00 a.m.

Tales from the Road with Dick Beardsley
NVM course record-holder and famed half of the 1982 Boston “Duel in the Sun,” Dick Beardsley returns with tales of adventures and misadventures along the road to the—hopefully—finish line.


Celebrating Northern California Marathons
(90-minute presentation)

Joe Henderson, running author, editor, and coach, moderates this unique presentation by a half-dozen race directors and former race directors of some of Northern California’s most famous marathons. The panel includes Gene Brtalik, event director of the Oakland Running Festival; David Hill, co-race director of the Napa Valley Marathon; John Mansoor, founder and former race director of the California International Marathon; Doug Thurston, race director of the Big Sur International Marathon; Cynthia Timek, race director of the Avenue of the Giants Marathon, and Les Wright, race director of the Lake Tahoe Marathon.

1:30 p.m.

Secrets of Running the Napa Valley Marathon Course
Insights into maximizing your performance on the Napa course by man-time participants, including Dr. Janet Cain, age-group champion; Steve Radigan, who’s run every Napa Valley Marathon, Tony Rossmann, 29-time vet of Napa, and more.

2:30 p.m.

Charity Baskets
Napa Valley-themed gift baskets, containing everything from fine wines to balloon rides, massages to weekends away at Napa Valley hotels, emceed by NVM board member Kirsten Niesar, for the benefit of the marathon’s Jenny Landrith Charity Fund.

4:00 p.m.

Marriott Pasta Feed #1
With Joe Henderson, Gene Brtalik, Dr. Jim Cotter, RRCA president Dave Cotter, John Mansoor, and Cynthia Timek. As usual, door prizes will be awarded.

6:30 p.m.

Marriott Pasta Feed #2
With John Keston, Dick Beardsley, David Hill, RRCA executive director Jean Knaack, Doug Thurston, and Les Wright. Come for the great food, stay for a chance at a door prize.