Race Expo/Bib Pick-Up
Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, CA 94558
Sports & Fitness EXPO
Saturday, March 2, 2019; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Packet Pick-Up Only
Saturday, March 2, 2019; 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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.
Expo Details and Featured Guests
Join us on March 2nd for our pasta dinner and listen to guest speakers Magdalena Boulet and Jorge Maravilla talk about their journey to the United States, adventures in running and where it has taken them. Panel discussion led by journalists Erin Strout and Mario Fraioli.
In 2008, Boulet took 2nd at the US marathon Olympic trials and earning a spot on the Olympic Team. She went on to lower her personal best to 2:26:22, finishing 2nd at the 2010 Rotterdam Marathon, which at the time placed her 4th on the all-time US Women’s Marathon list. She later finished 7th at Chicago in 2:28:45, and was nationally ranked #1 in the marathon by Track and Field News for the year.
She started running Ultramarathons in 2013. In 2015, she won several races including the prestigious Western States 100, and was named the North American Ultra Runner of the Year.
Magdalena Lewy Boulet is a native of Poland and became a U.S. citizen on September 11, 2001. She holds a Bachelors degree in Human Biodynamics from the University of California at Berkeley, and Masters degree in Exercise Physiology with the emphasis of Sports Nutrition from California State University, East Bay. She currently serves at VP of Innovation at GU Energy Labs. She is married to Richie Boulet, a former sub-4 minute miler, and they live in Oakland, Ca, with their son, Owen.
As an immigrant, Jorge’s mother left El Salvador without looking back and brought him to the farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley for work. As a child he would run through the farmlands where she worked everyday. This simple act would foster a lifelong love for running and the outdoors. This act also reminds Jorge of everything that his mom sacrificed for him to get a chance to live the American Dream. The values and work ethic that she instilled in him by her example is a powerful force that has driven Jorge since he was a kid.
Jorge’s running career began at Westside Elementary School. Mr. Hernandez announced track tryouts for 4th graders and he showed up anyway, despite being only a 3rd grader. After sprinting around for 400 meters and besting a few of the older kids, the rules were immediately changed and he was toeing the line in a navy blue Westside Lions uniform grinning from ear to ear.
Jorge ran all through high school and college however, the beginnings of a long distance running career didn’t manifest until the age of 30, where a desire to accomplish something longer than he had ever ran before was building inside. Jorge signed up for his first 50km and decided to make some life changes. He immediately committed to eating a healthier diet and reducing the overall quantity that he ate on a daily basis, which was tough, because to this day, he is still a big foodie! Within two years, not only did he lose 30 lbs, but he also began to realize his potential in the sport.
With the influence of the incredible ultra-running community that embraced him with open arms, he decided it was time to make an even bigger leap of faith and see if he could run 100 miles (“I know it’s crazy, but you don’t know what you can achieve if you don’t try!”). In 2011, Jorge ran the Tahoe Rim Trail 100, which was host to the 100 Mile National Championship. He was afraid of the distance, yet fully committed and confident in his training and mental tenacity to get him through it regardless of the unknown barriers that were to come. Jorge ended up running through the mountains of Tahoe for eighteen hours and forty-eight minutes, good enough to win the 100-mile National Championship! And yes, he cried. It was a life changing experience, which created incredible opportunities and allowed Jorge to reflect on how far he had come from those days running around in the farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley.
Since then, Jorge has been very fortunate to be a professional ultra-runner, where he has raced across the globe to Argentina, Brazil, China, Canary Islands, Australia, Europe, Canada, and many of the beautiful mountain landscapes in the U.S. He continue to pursue excellence in running, while remembering his humble roots and cherishing the values that his mother instilled in him to chase and fight for his dreams without looking back.
Jorge is also trying to qualify for the Olympics to represent El Salvador in the marathon. To do this, he will need to run a 2:19:00 and he is very close to that goal. It would be a very meaningful achievement if he can do it.
Mario Fraioli is a Bay Area-based running coach, writer, and podcast host.
As a coach, he has guided athletes to personal bests, Boston Marathon qualifying times, national championship titles, Olympic Trials appearances, international podiums, world championship teams, national records, and even the Olympic Games.
He publishes the morning shakeout—a weekly email newsletter that covers running and other worthwhile topics—and also hosts its namesake podcast, where he gleans insight and inspiration from the sport’s top athletes, coaches, and personalities. From 2010-2016, Mario was the senior editor at Competitor magazine, where he interviewed and profiled many of running’s most recognizable figures, covered hundreds of events, including the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon and U.S. Olympic Trials on multiple occasions, and directed training-related content for both the print magazine and website. His work has also appeared in Running Times, New England Runner, Triathlete, and other publications. In 2013, he authored his first book, The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training.
As an athlete, Mario was an NCAA Division II cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003 and has raced competitively from the 800 meters to ultramarathon distances. He has personal bests including 4:09 for the mile, 2:27 in the marathon, and 7:59 for 50 miles. He still steps on the starting line every now and again when the mood strikes him right.
A native of Massachusetts, Mario spent a few years in San Diego, and currently lives north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife Christine, their four bikes, and dozens of pairs of running shoes.
Erin Strout is a freelance journalist and contributing writer at Runner’s World, where she covered track and field at the Rio Olympics for the RW Newswire and mostly writes about the professional side of the sport. She is a former senior editor at Running Times and also has covered women’s issues in endurance sports for Outside. An avid runner, Erin lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she is the executive director of Team Run Flagstaff, a nonprofit community running organization serving all ages and abilities.
Official Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon Training Plans
Each plan is built specifically for our course and for all levels of runners. Choose between 16 week (recommended), 12 week, and 8 week versions for the full marathon and 12 week and 8 week versions for the half marathon. Let’s get you to that finish line!
Coach Williams has worked with athletes of all levels for the past 15 years. He was the Head of Brooks Sports Marketing for 13+ years overseeing the Hansons-Brooks ODP, the Brooks Beasts, Brooks PR Invitational and all other athlete programs. A competitive runner as well, Jesse ran at Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a Master’s in Biomechanics. As a runner, Coach Williams has run the Boston Marathon 5x as well as the Chicago, London, Berlin, and NYC Marathons.
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.
Experience the Napa Valley Marathon or Half Marathon with our new VIP experience, limited to 50 runners in each race.
This $125 add-on includes:
- nuun water bottle and hydration
- Your choice of a 12 or 8 week training program from Sound Running
- A bottle of von Strasser Winery’s “Rudy” Cabernet Sauvignon
- Exclusive pre-start private space with gear check, toilets, heaters, light breakfast and coffee
- Access to a complimentary post-race VIP wine tasting event at the Calistoga Motor Lodge with winery partners, chair massages, and a relaxing atmosphere from 12pm to 4pm
- Access to a complimentary race weekend glass of wine at Clif Family Winery or attend their post-race event with small food bites and a glass of wine on Sunday, March 3rd from 11am – 4pm.
Want to Bring a Guest?
For an additional fee of $40, you can register one (1) guest to join the post race wine-themed activities. Your guest will have access to a complimentary post race VIP wine tasting event at the Calistoga Motor Lodge along with the complimentary post race Clif Family Winery event with small food bites and a glass of wine. It is sure to be a great time!
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 awards ceremony will take place at 11am in the post-race area. The top male and female winners will be presented with their award winnings 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 award winners will be presented with a bottle of wine.
By law, the Napa Valley Marathon cannot ship any awarded wine so winners must be present.
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 nuun 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, 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, 18.4, 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.
Are you training for a PR or a Boston qualifying time at the Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon? New for 2019, we are partnering with Beast Pacing, and our pace teams will be there to help you reach your racing goals! Find out more about our pace team leaders, and which pace group times we will have here.
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.
Clif Bar co-owner’s Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford began their love of food and wine with cycling adventures through Italy where long days of cycling would end in leisurely evenings of good wine, food and hospitality. As great lovers of food, wine and adventure, Gary and Kit sought to bring these memorable experiences to their Napa Valley home with our Clif Family tasting room and Bruschetteria food truck. Our organic farm and vineyards located high atop Howell Mountain provide a bounty of grapes, olives, fruit and vegetables to fuel our journey. We hope you find time to slow down, fill your glass and spend an afternoon with us.
March 2019 kicks off our newest adventure wine club membership, our Clif Family Runner’s Wine Club. Clif Family is known for wine, food and adventure. Tie up your laces and join fellow Clif Family Wine Club members on casual and advanced runs in Napa Valley and throughout the Bay Area. Perks of the club include monthly drop-in group runs, discounts to local Bay Area races, complimentary wine tastings, wine discounts and invites to private member events. And let’s not forget about the wine. Clif Family Runner’s wine club members receive Clif Family wine and Clif Bars on their doorstep six times a year. See you at the starting line!
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“We All Run For Something. No One Runs Alone.” iRun Revolution is committed to and values activities, products and services in local communities that encourage individuals of all skill levels to stay active in a FUN and healthy environment.
If you are a special group with 15 or more people interested in participating in the full or half marathon or our 5k, please contact us at email@example.com to learn about group incentives.
See the transportation and parking tab for more information about parking and shuttles.
Men’s & Women’s Winner – etched double magnum + Napa Valley Collective Case (12 different bottles of wine from the valley)
Masters Mens & Womens Winner – etched magnum
Men’s & Women’s Winner – etched double magnum + Napa Valley Collective Case (12 different bottles of wine from the valley)
Masters Men’s & Women’s Winner – etched magnum
Top three in each of the following age groups will receive a bottle of wine (must be 21 and present to win):
- 70 and over
- Napa Valley Resident (1st place only)
- Age group award wine provided by Naked Wines
*Under no circumstances can we mail any wine awards
Top 3 men and women will win the following:
1st – $125 Athletic Feat gift card
2nd – $75 Athletic Feat gift card
3rd – $50 Athletic Feat gift card
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.
Explore Napa Valley
Slow down and take the Napa Valley one mile at a time!
Bike to wineries and now, Breweries
Founded in 1991, Getaway Adventures / Wine Country bike tours offers years of experience and great connections for a custom designed guided bike tour in the best parts of the Napa Valley!
In quiet Calistoga, join in on our daily tour or let us design a one of a kind Private tour. We take you to our favorite wineries, including Chateau Mt Elena, Envy, Von Strasser, and T vines among many others.
Easy and flat, suitable for all abilities, you’ll travel down the quiet country lanes to these family owed wineries. Includes our wine country picnic, not just sandwiches, but a bounty of local goodies all fresh and very tasty. You’ll be led by our wonderful guides and have van support nearby. Comfy new hybrid bikes, it’s a day of lots of sun, fun and world class wines!
In Napa, try our Carneros Sip n Cycle. Home to Pinot noir and Chardonnay, this area is equally beautiful and always a bit cooler. Some of our all-time favorite wineries are here, including some cool surprises.
Or try our brewery tour. Visits to St. Clair Brown, the new Stone brewery and many other amazing craft beers.
Either way rest assured you have chosen the best bike tour in the Napa Valley! But don’t just take our word on it. We have more than double the 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor than anyone else
Kayaking your thing? Try a Pedal n Paddle trip on the Napa River, or our Nature Paddle trips on the Russian River, Napa River, or Lake Hennessey.
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
If you would like to volunteer, please register online.
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