NAPA, Calif. (June 12, 2018) —Half the distance, all the fun (and wine)? That’s a new option for runners flocking to Napa on March 3, 2019, for the 41st Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon and—new this year—Half Marathon.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. Pacific on June 13, 2018. The 13.1-mile race will start on the Silverado Trail at Conn Creek Winery, which is the halfway point of the 26.2-mile route. The half marathon takes off at 7 a.m. and the marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. All finishers end up at Vintage High School.

“With the half marathon also comes a host of updates, including a new logo, website, and exciting new partner in Conn Creek Winery,” said Michelle La Sala, Napa Valley Marathon race director and president of Blistering Pace Race Management. “We have been working hard to enhance the runner experience while maintaining our long-standing commitment to the runner.”

Runners will enjoy not only the new half-marathon option, but also the same long-time perks that the Napa Valley Marathon is known for—participant shirt, bag, medal, a boutique expo with free wine and beer tasting, VIP guest speakers, and tasty cooking demonstrations.

The Napa Valley Marathon has garnered a loyal following on a beautiful point-to-point course through the nation’s most scenic wine country. It’s indeed an inspiring setting and has become known as the “biggest little marathon in the West,” and attracts the legends like Joan Benoit Samuelson to the pre-race Marathon College.

“Participants have so many options to choose from when it comes to races and the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon should be at the top of everyone’s list,” La Sala said. “Experiencing the beauty of Napa Valley on foot is unparalleled. Add the world-renowned wineries, culinary offerings, and runner perks, and you’re in for an unforgettable weekend.”

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About Blistering Pace Race Management: Founded in 2016, BPRM works in a variety of race management capacities, ranging from staffing to full operational oversight. Clients include the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K, the Napa Valley Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, the San Francisco Marathon, and the New York City Marathon. For more information, visit