Race Expo/Bib Pick-Up
Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, CA 94558
Friday, March 1, 2019: 1pm – 6pm
Saturday, March 2, 2019: 10am – 6pm
All registered runners will be expected to pick up their race number, and long sleeve technical t-shirt at the expo (no bags for the 5k). For those who cannot attend the expo, we have a bib mailing option available. There is no race day pick up for the marathon and half marathon, no exceptions.
The race expo will also host activations from our sponsors, running, wine, and food related vendors, seminars, and free beer and wine tasting.
Join us to enjoy a sumptuous pasta feed with a half-dozen pasta choices and all the local wine and beer you and your family and friends can stand. Enjoy our VIP guest speaker while preparing for your upcoming big day!
Dinner seating will be on Saturday, March 2nd at 5:30pm and the cost is $45 per person.
The pasta dinner is held at the Napa Valley Marriott.
Race Start Lines
FOR MARATHON PARTICIPANTS
The full marathon start line is in Calistoga on the Silverado Trail at Rosedale Road. Runners are offered several busing options to arrive at the start line. The marathon starts at 7:30am.
Gear check will be offered for marathoners and their gear will be transported to the finish line. Please use your participant duffel bag to check your gear.
FOR HALF MARATHON PARTICIPANTS
The half marathon start line is at Conn Creek Winery in St. Helena. The winery is located on Silverado Trail near the Highway 128 intersection, at the halfway mark of the full marathon course. Runners are offered several busing option to arrive at the start line. There is absolutely no parking at the half marathon start line. The half marathon starts at 7am.
Gear check will be offered for half marathoners and their gear will be transported to the finish line. Please use your participant duffel bag to check your gear.
FOR 5K PARTICIPANTS
The 5k run begins at Vintage High School at 7:30am. Parking is available at the high school. The 5k run is a great option if you can’t go the full marathon distance or are waiting for your marathoner or half marathoner to finish their race.
Any discarded clothing dropped during any of our races will be donated to local shelters in need.
Race Finish Area
All races finish at Vintage High School in Napa. Parking is available at the high school, but will fill up quickly. See transportation for more information.
Finish line amenities include medals, heat sheets, water, medical support, physical therapists, massage, hot soup and bread, gear pick-up, and showers (bring your own supplies). If you opt in for bib mailing, you will pick up your participant shirt and duffel bag in the post-race area. There will also be a shirt exchange if you would like a different size (unworn shirts only, please).
A not to be missed weight-in-wine awards ceremony will take place at 11am in the post-race area. The top male and female winners will be presented with their weight-in-wine and an etched magnum of wine. The top male and female masters runners will also be presented an etched magnum of wine. All age group awards will be mailed to the winners after the race. By law, the Napa Valley Marathon cannot ship any awarded wine.
Our marathon course is certified as a Boston Qualifier and is a net downhill by over 250 feet.
There are 13 aid stations along the full marathon course (the half marathon shares the last 6 aid stations on the course). Water and Gatorade Endurance are offered. Portable toilets are also located at each station.
Aid stations will be located at the following distances from the start:
2.0, 4.2, 6.6, 9.4, 11.9, 13.9, 16.1, 18.4, 20.7, 22.3, 24.0.
Honey Stinger is our official on-course nutrition sponsor. The Napa Valley Marathon will provide Honey Stinger gels and chews from the aid stations located at miles 13.9 and 18.4.
Marathon runners can provide their own special drinks at the aid stations located at miles 6.6, 13.9, 16.1, 20.7, and 22.3. There will be boxes labeled at the start line for you to drop your bottles into and they will be delivered to these stations. All special drinks will be set on a table at the end of the aid station in no particular order. Make your bottle recognizable for a quick identification.
The marathon course will have a very strict 6-hour cutoff, or 13:44 pace per mile. With the addition of the half marathon option, we will not allow any exceptions to this rule. There will be a shuttle bus parked at 13.1 miles and runners who do not arrive there in 3 hours will be loaded onto the bus and given a half marathon medal for their efforts.
The half marathon has a 6.5-hour cutoff.
Transportation and Parking
Included in your registration cost is a bus ride to your race start.
Where and when to load your bus?
FOR MARATHON PARTICIPANTS
From your hotel: For those staying at the Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott, Westin Verasa, and River Terrace Inn, buses will take you to the start line directly. Hilton Garden Inn guests will be picked up at the Marriott. Westin Verasa guests will be picked up at the River Terrace Inn. Marathon buses will load from hotels beginning at 5:40am and load through 6am. Please be prompt.
From Vintage High School: Park at Vintage High School (the finish line). Monitors will direct you to the parking area. Plan to arrive at Vintage High School by 5:30am. Please be prompt. Buses that take you to the start in Calistoga begin leaving at 5:40am. For your comfort, you will be able to wait on a bus until approximately 20 minutes prior to the start of the race.
FOR HALF MARATHON PARTICIPANTS
From your hotel: For those staying at the Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott, Westin Verasa, and River Terrace Inn, buses will take you to the start line directly. Hilton Garden Inn guests will be picked up at the Marriott. Westin Verasa guests will be picked up at the River Terrace Inn. Half Marathon buses will load from hotels beginning at 5:10am and load through 5:30am. It is important to be on time for your bus ride so marathon buses can load after the half marathon buses depart.
From Justin-Siena High School: Park at Justin-Siena High School. Monitors will direct you to the parking area. Plan to arrive at Justin-Siena High School by 5am. Please be prompt. Bus departures to the half marathon begin at 5:15am.
There is NO parking at either start line. Please plan to take the bus.
FOR 5K PARTICIPANTS
Your race starts and finishes at Vintage High School. There is no race morning transportation provided to Vintage High School. Parking is recommended at Vintage High School.
POST-RACE SHUTTLE SERVICES
Shuttle service from the finish line at Vintage High School to the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, Embassy Suites, and the River Terrace Inn is available from 9am to 2pm.
Shuttle service will also be available to and from Justin-Siena High School for half marathoners and spectators. The Justin-Siena shuttles will be available from 8:30am to 2pm. The two high schools are approximately 1 mile apart from each other so this is a quick and very easy option. The shuttles will loop back and forth.
See the transportation and parking tab for more information about parking and shuttles.
The top male and female runners, open and masters will win specially etched bottles of Napa Valley wine as trophies to commemorate their win. The top male and female will also win their weight in wine.
Award plaques will be mailed post-race to the top three males and females in 12 age divisions:
- 70 and over
- Napa Valley Resident (1st place only)
Our long-time headquarter hotel, the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa offers the best room rate, as well as unparalleled access to race weekend events such as the expo and the pasta dinner. Buses to the start of both races also leave directly from this hotel.
The Napa Valley has 4 airports to choose from when planning for your arrival.
San Francisco Airport (SFO) – this is the largest airport and services the most flights. It is approximately 60 miles from Napa.
Oakland Airport (OAK) – this is a fairly large airport and is about 55 miles from Napa.
Sacramento Airport (SMF) – this is a smaller airport and is about 55 miles from Napa. This airport is easily accessible and keeps drivers out of most of the traffic fray of the bay area.
Sonoma County Airport (STS) – this airport is located in Santa Rosa, is quaint, and is about 25 miles from Napa. It is serviced by Alaska Air, American (through PHX), United Airlines, and Sun Country from MSP.
All airports have car rental options. SFO and OAK have direct transportation options to Napa via Evans Transportation with several shuttles per day.
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The Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon would not be possible without our core volunteer team who through their efforts make it a positive, organized seamless community event.
Please email us at email@example.com to volunteer for the 2019 Napa Valley Marathon.