Race Weekend Information

March 5, 2023

Marathon – 7:30am
Half Marathon – 7:00am
5K – 7:15am

Location

Marathon Start – Silverado Trail at Brannan Street
Half Marathon Start – Silverado Trail at Conn Creek
5K Start – Vintage High School
All races finish at Vintage High School

Registration

General registration is NOW OPEN!

Looking for a VIP race weekend experience? Destination Marathons is our official VIP tour operator, offering your choice of VIP Day Passes or 3-night Stay and Play VIP packages!

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What’s included in the Stay & Play VIP?

  • 3 or 4 night stay in private room or suite w/ access to resort’s amenities
  • Exclusive branded quarter-zip
  • Resort fee
  • Welcome reception
  • Private gear check
  • Pre-race pasta dinner
  • Grab & Go breakfast bag race morning
  • Private pre-race location for full and half w/ bathrooms
  • Air-conditioned shuttle to start (for half)
  • Shuttle from finish to hotel (a/c bus, onboard bathroom)
  • Private post-race meet-up at finish area w/ massage
  • Post-race brewery celebration in Calistoga
  • Goodie bags for runners and spectators
  • Sign-making station and spectator plan
  • Private Facebook and Strava groups to build community
  • DM hosts on-site all weekend

What’s included in the Play Only VIP Day Pass?

  • Includes bib
  • VIP race check-in (at expo)
  • Private start line location for each race with tent and private porto johns
  • Post-race celebration with massage therapist at private VIP finish line location
  • VIP gear check at start line location
  • Spectator plan
  • Goodie bags for VIP runners
  • Exclusive branded quarter-zip
  • Private Facebook & Strava groups to build community
  • DM hosts on-site

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND BOOK YOUR VIP EXPERIENCE

The 2023 Health & Fitness Expo will take place at the Meritage Resort on Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Pick up your race bib, runners shirt and bag while checking out our official race merchandise and visiting with partners and vendors.  Take us up on our beer or wine tasting too!

The Meritage Resort is located at 875 Bordeaux Way in Napa.  The expo will be held in the Carneros Ballroom.

Join us to enjoy a sumptuous pasta feed with a half-dozen pasta choices, salad, bread, and wine. The pasta dinner is a great option, especially for large groups as well as participants staying at the host hotel.

The dinner seating will be on Saturday, March 4th.  Tickets are $40 per adult and $25 per youth (13 and under).

The pasta dinner will be held at the Meritage Resort in the Pavilion at 5:00 p.m.

FOR MARATHON PARTICIPANTS
The full marathon start line is in Calistoga on the Silverado Trail at Brannan Street.  Runners are offered several busing options to arrive at the start line.  The marathon starts at 7:30am.  Buses will stage near the start line and runners can remain on the buses prior to the start.

Gear check will be offered for marathoners and their gear will be transported to the finish line.  Please use your participant backpack to check your gear.

Drop off is available at Lincoln Ave. and Silverado Trail.  All runners being dropped off at the Marathon start MUST approach from Highway 29 using Lincoln Avenue to access the drop off location.

FOR HALF MARATHON PARTICIPANTS
The half marathon start line is near Conn Creek Winery.  The start line is located on Silverado Trail near the Highway 128 intersection, at the halfway mark of the full marathon course.  Runners are offered several busing options to arrive at the start line.  There is absolutely no parking at the half marathon start line. Buses will stage about 1/2 mile north of the start line and runners can remain on the buses prior to the start. 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.

Drop off is available at Silverado Trail and Hwy 128.  All runners being dropped off at the Half Marathon start MUST approach from Highway 29 using Rutherford Road (Highway 128).

FOR 5K PARTICIPANTS
The 5K run begins at Vintage High School at 7:15am.  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.

RUNNER TRACKING

Live runner tracking is available on RTRT.me app. To download the app, click here.

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, hot soup and bread, gear pick-up.  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 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 can collect their bottle of wine at the results tent.

By law, the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon cannot ship any awarded wine so winners must be present.

All course are USATF certified; the Marathon course is a Boston Qualifier and a net downhill by over 250 feet.

Marathon: CA20002DT

Half Marathon: 20003DT

5K: 20004DT

Aid Stations
There are 12 aid stations along the full marathon course (the half marathon shares the last 6 aid stations on the course).  Water and nuun Endurance Lemon Lime are offered.  Portable toilets are also located at each station.

Aid stations will be located at the following distances from the start:

Full Marathon

2.1, 4.3, 6.6, 9.4, 12.0, 13.9, 16.1, 19.0, 20.8, 22.4, 24.0, 25.1

Half Marathon

3.0, 5.9, 7.7, 9.3, 10.9, 12.0

The Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon will provide gels from the aid stations located at miles 13.9 and 20.8

Cutoff Times
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 mile 22.7 and runners must arrive to the location by 12:45pm SHARP.  Runners who do not arrive there on time will be loaded onto the bus and given a half marathon medal for their efforts.

The half marathon has a 6.5-hour cutoff.

Pace Teams
The following pace groups are offered, and each group is led by two pacers:

MARATHON: 3:00, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:50, 3:55, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:00, 5:05, 5:20, 5:50

During registration you will have the opportunity to include an adaptive training program based on your fitness and the time you have to prepare for the distance you’ve chosen. Both complimentary and premium (your cost) coaching options will be available to you through our partners at Runcoach. Our goal is to provide you with a host of training options to meet you where you are in your running journey. Click here to access your training plan!

Elite Athletes

Elite standards are as follows:

Marathon:
Open Men – 2:25:00
Masters Men – 2:40:00
Open Women – 2:47:00
Masters Women – 3:00:00
Open Non-Binary – 2:45:00
Half Marathon:
Open Men – 1:10:00
Masters Men – 1:16:00
Open Women – 1:20:00
Masters Women – 1:25:00
Open Non-Binary – 1:15:00

If you have achieved one of these standards in the last 24 months, you are entitled to a complimentary entry.  To claim your entry, please fill out the form below. If you have questions regarding your elite status, send us an email at elites@napavalleymarathon.org.

    * required

    Included in your registration cost is a bus ride to your race start. Buses are for runners only.

    FOR MARATHON PARTICIPANTS
    From select hotel partners:  For those staying at the Meritage, Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, River Terrace Inn, Westin Verasa, or Hampton Inn buses will take you to the start line directly.  Hilton Garden Inn guests will be picked up at the Marriott. River Terrace Inn guests will be picked up in front of Westin Verasa.  Marathon buses will load from hotels at 5:40am.  Please be prompt.

    From downtown Napa: For those staying at downtown Napa hotels or vacation rentals, the best way to get to the Start Line is on our Downtown Napa shuttles.  This includes the Archer Hotel, Andaz Napa, Napa Valley Hotel, and many other downtown hotels and Inns.  Shuttles will pick up on First St adjacent to Dwight Murray Plaza in the heart of downtown: 1106 First St, Napa, CA 94559.  Ample parking is also available downtown; please view our Downtown Parking and Transportation map. Downtown Napa buses to the Marathon start line will load at 5:40am.  Please be prompt.

    From Hampton Inn: For those staying at the Hampton Inn, shuttles will load in front of the hotel. Ample parking is available at this location.  Hampton Inn buses to the Marathon start line will load at 5:40am.  Please be prompt.

    From Vintage High School (shuttle location for Marathon only):  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. View our Vintage High School Shuttle Map.

    For your comfort, you will be able to wait on a bus until approximately 20 minutes prior to the start of the race.  Buses will park and stage approximately ½ mile north of the Start Line.

    There is NO parking at the Marathon start line. Uber/Lyft are not readily available options. Napa Valley is a rural area and rideshare availability is extremely limited. Please plan to take the bus.

    Full Marathon Start Line Drop Off

    Drop off is available near Lincoln Ave. and Silverado Trail. All runners being dropped off at the Marathon start MUST approach from Highway 29 using Lincoln Avenue to access the drop off location (in front of Calistoga Motor Lodge). To view a map of the start line drop off area, click here.

    FOR HALF MARATHON PARTICIPANTS
    For those staying at the Meritage, Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, River Terrace Inn, Westin Verasa, or Hampton Inn buses will take you to the start line directly.  Hilton Garden Inn guests will be picked up at the Marriott. River Terrace Inn guests will be picked up in front of Westin Verasa. Half Marathon buses will load from hotels at 5:10am.  Please be prompt.

    From downtown Napa: For those staying at downtown Napa hotels or vacation rentals, the best way to get to the Start Line is on our Downtown Napa shuttles.  This includes the Archer Hotel, Andaz Napa, Napa Valley Hotel, and many other downtown hotels and Inns.  Shuttles will pick up on First St adjacent to Dwight Murray Plaza in the heart of downtown: 1106 First St, Napa, CA 94559.  Ample parking is also available downtown; please view our Downtown Parking and Transportation map. Downtown Napa buses to the Half Marathon start line will load at 5:10am.  Please be prompt.

    From Hampton Inn: For those staying at the Hampton Inn, shuttles will load in front of the hotel. Ample parking is available at this location.  Hampton Inn buses to the Half Marathon start line will load at 5:10am.  Please be prompt.

    From Justin-Siena High School (shuttle location for Half Marathon only):  Park at Justin-Siena HS: 4026 Maher St, Napa, CA 94558.  Monitors will direct you into the parking area. Plan to arrive at by 5:15am.  Please be prompt.  

    For your comfort, you will be able to wait on a bus until approximately 20 minutes prior to the start of the race.  Buses will park and stage approximately ½ mile north of the Start Line.

    There is NO parking at the Half Marathon start line. Uber/Lyft are not readily available options. Napa Valley is a rural area and rideshare availability is extremely limited. Please plan to take the bus.

    Half Marathon Start Line Drop Off
    Drop off is available at Silverado Trail and Hwy 128. All runners being dropped off at the Half Marathon start MUST approach from Highway 29 using Rutherford Road and Conn Creek Rd (Highway 128). There is absolutely NO PARKING in this area—you will be directed to pull off on the shoulder, exit the vehicle, and the driver will depart using NB Silverado Trail to Zinfandel Lane. The roads around the Start Line will close promptly at 6:45am—please leave yourself plenty of time to get to the Start Area prior to roads closing. To view a map of the start line drop off area, click here.

    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 is for runners, family and friends and runs from the finish line at Vintage High School to the Meritage, Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, River Terrace Inn, Westin Verasa, Hampton Inn/South Napa, and Dwight Murray Plaza in downtown Napa. Post-race shuttle service 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 9:00am to 12pm.  The two high schools are approximately 1 mile apart.  The shuttles will loop back and forth between the two schools.

    For runners who will be staying in Calistoga, we will be offering transportation from the finish line back to Calistoga at 12:30pm.

    All Post-Race shuttles will load 200 yards west of the Finish Line at Vintage High School (off Trower Ave) and will display a placard designating their route. Please view our Vintage High School Shuttle Map.

    See the transportation and parking tab for more information about parking and shuttles.

    Live runner tracking is available on RTRT.me app. To download the app, click here.

    Marathon

    Men’s, Women’s and Non-Binary Winner – etched double magnum + Napa Valley Collective Case (12 different bottles of wine from the valley)

    Masters Men’s and Women’s Winner – etched magnum

    Half Marathon

    Men’s, Women’s and Non-Binary Winner- etched double magnum + Napa Valley Collective Case (12 different bottles of wine from the valley)

    Masters Men’s and Women’s Winner – etched magnum

    Age Groups

    • 17 and under (Athletic Feat gift card)
    • 18-20 (Athletic Feat gift card)

    Top three in each of the following age groups will receive a bottle of wine (must be 21 and present to win):

    • 21-24
    • 25-29
    • 30-34
    • 35-39
    • 40-44
    • 45-49
    • 50-54
    • 55-59
    • 60-64
    • 65-69
    • 70-74
    • 75-79
    • 80+
    • Napa County Resident (1st place only)
    • Age group award wine provided by Naked Wines
      *Under no circumstances can we mail any wine awards

    5K

    Top 3 men, women, and non-binary will win the following:

    1st – $125 Athletic Feat gift card

    2nd – $75 Athletic Feat gift card

    3rd – $50 Athletic Feat gift card

     

    A not to be missed awards ceremony will take place in the post-race area. The Half Marathon awards ceremony will take place at 9:15am, and the Marathon awards ceremony will take place at 11:15am. Age group award winners can collect their bottle of wine at the results tent.

    By law, the Napa Valley Marathon cannot ship any awarded wine so winners must be present.

    Abbott WMM-Wanda Age Group Qualifier

    In 2023, the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon & Half Marathon will be partnering with the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Wanda Age Group World Ranking.

    ABOUT ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS

    The Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) is a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world – Tokyo Marathon, B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon.

    Encompassing an annual series for elite runners and elite wheelchair athletes, AbbottWMM also applauds the achievements and passion of everyday champions from around the world. The new AbbottWMM Six Star System is an online results hub that celebrates every runner who has completed from one to six of the races in the series and encourages them to ‘Reach For The Stars’.

    For more information, visit www.Abbottwmm.com

    ABOUT ABBOTT

    At Abbott, we’re committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we’ve brought new products and technologies to the world – in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals – that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

    ABOUT WANDA SPORTS HOLDINGS

    Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity. Founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media and marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN®, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.

    INFORMATION ON THE ABBOTTWMM WANDA AGE GROUP WORLD RANKINGS

    • Qualifying period: dates to be determined.
    • One-year cycle for participants to earn two qualifying times and a place at the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships in 2023.
    • The start and finish of the qualification period for the third year of the Abbott WMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings is TBD. The World Championships will take place in 2023 with the venue to be announced next year.
    • Participants in an AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying race will earn points according to their age, time and gender, aligned with the following age groups for men and women: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
    • All official Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon & Half Marathon 2023 finishers will receive Abbott World Marathon Majors points. They will need to “claim” them by registering on the AbbottWMM website. There is no cost.
    • The spread of the selected marathon events that are part of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings creates a truly global series throughout the year, giving runners across the world the chance to be part of a new era of age group marathon running.

    Full list of confirmed events for the 2023 Series to be announced when available.

    Meritage Resort
    Please click here for access to the Napa Valley Marathon group room block at our host hotel, the Meritage Resort.  The rate is $359. There is also a $35 resort fee per night.  The race expo and pasta dinner both take place on-site and there is also race transportation to and from this hotel.  Last day to book: February 2, 2023.
    Hampton Inn
    Please click here for access to the Napa Valley Marathon group room block.  Rate is $229. You can also call the hotel directly at 707.255.4000 and reference the group block with the code NMA. Last day to book: January 31, 2023.
    Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa
    Discover the charm and beauty of California’s famous wine country and stay at our Napa Valley hotel. With our comfortable guest rooms, fresh outdoor garden spaces, a luxurious resort-style swimming pool and on-site restaurants, Little Summer, South Yard and Little Market, The Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa is the place to be. Take advantage of a $289 room rate and ride official race transportation from the front entrance. Please click here to book.
    Holiday Inn Express Suites – American Canyon
    Well-appointed rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Suites – American Canyon include high-speed internet, coffee maker, mini refrigerator, and a microwave.  Select from a King bed or a room with two queens.  The special Napa Valley Marathon room block rate is $159 per night and bookings are available while supplies last through February 10, 2023. Use this booking link with group code NPM or call the hotel front desk at 707-552-8100 Ex. 0 (please provide the block code to the agent on the phone).

    Clif Family celebrates wine, food and adventure in all that we do. Visit us and share our love of artisan wines, handcrafted food and authentic experiences.

    Our story begins with Gary and Kit’s 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 estate 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.

    Visit Napa Valley

    To find information about all things Napa Valley, visit https://www.visitnapavalley.com/

    Check back for information about winery partners so you can begin to plan your race weekend!

    Napa Valley Wine Train

    Click here for more info on the Wine Train

    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 volunteers@napavalleymarathon.org  with any questions or concerns, and stay tuned for 2022 volunteer opportunities.

    Event Day: March 5, 2023

    General Information:

    Marathon Start – Silverado Trail at Brannan Street

    Half Marathon Start – Silverado Trail at Conn Creek

    5K Start – Vintage High School

    All races finish at Vintage High School

    Marathon – 7:30am

    Half Marathon – 7:00am

    5K – 7:15am

    I registered for the event and cannot attend.  Can I receive a refund?

    You have the option of deferring your registration to the following year.  We do not offer refunds under any circumstances. The Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon is a non-profit and your race fees go to benefit our local community.

    Can I defer my registration?

    Yes, there is a $75 fee to defer your registration.  When logged into your participant account, you can make these changes inside your registration. Click on “Registration Option” on the lower right corner of your screen. The option to defer will become available. Last date to make changes is January 30, 2023. Click here for detailed instructions on how to defer your registration.

    Can I transfer my registration?

    No, you cannot transfer your registration to another person.  If you determine you cannot run, you can select a deferment option to run the following year.  

    Can I switch race distance categories?

    Yes, downgrades and upgrades are supported ONLY if the events are still open for registration. When logged into your participant account, you can make these changes inside your registration. Click on “Registration Option” on the lower right corner of your screen. The option to switch categories will become available. Click here for detailed instructions on how to switch your registration category.

    There is a $20 fee to upgrade your race distance. You will also be charged the difference for the category upgrade backdated to the time of your registration.  Last date to make changes is January 30, 2023.

    There is a $20 fee to downgrade categories. Last date to make changes is January 30, 2023.

    What do I get with my registration?

    A longsleeve technical shirt, a bag which is also used for gear check, and a custom designed medal.  Proceeds from the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Napa 5K help fund many different community causes, including a $16,000 scholarship fund given to high school students within Napa County.

    Is there a packet pick-up for the event or can I have my bib mailed to me?

    In person bib pick up is free at the Expo.  If you would like your bib mailed to you, you can select that option for a $20 fee during the time of registration.

    Do you offer race day packet pick up? For those who cannot attend the expo, we have a bib mailing option available for a $20 fee.  There is no race day pick up for the marathon and half marathon, no exceptions.

    Can I wear headphones?  Yes, headphones are allowed. We still encourage people to run without headphones to better enjoy the beautiful scenery of our course and to chat with fellow runners, but the choice is yours. Please run safely.

    Will you have pacers?  We will have Beast Pacing leading our pace teams. You can find more information about our pace teams by clicking here.

    What is the time limit for the marathon?  The marathon has a STRICT 6-hour cut off. Runners not on 13:44 pace will be removed from the course at mile 22.7 at the intersection of Silverado Trail and Oak Knoll Avenue.  If you are unsure if you can complete the marathon in under 6 hours, we encourage you to enter the half marathon.

    What is the time limit for the half marathon?  The half marathon has a 6.5 hour cut off.

    Is your race a Boston Qualifier?  Yes

    How old do you have to be to participate in the marathon or half marathon?  Marathon participants should be 18 years and older. Half Marathon participants are required to be 12 years and older.

    Are jogging strollers allowed?  Strollers are allowed in the 5K, and must be lined up in the back. We unfortunately do not allow strollers in the half marathon or marathon for safety purposes.

    Are dogs allowed on the course?  Dogs are not allowed on course or at the finish line at Vintage High School.

    Where are the best places to spectate on the course?  Please refer to our spectator guide, HERE, for the best places to cheer on the runners!

    I know someone who is interested in volunteering, how can they volunteer?

    Email:  volunteers@napavalleymarathon.org 

    Can I see the course maps?

    Go to https://napavalleymarathon.org/race-information/ to view each category course map. 

    Where can I find additional information about the races?  Please visit our website at www.napavalleymarathon.org.