Napa Valley Marathon
Winding through Napa Valley along the legendary Silverado Trail, you’ll pass vineyards and gorgeous scenery with thoughts of locally harvested wine as your racing reward. Race day: March 4, 2012.
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Napa Valley Marathon in Calistoga, Calif.
Race day: March 4, 2012
With a smaller field than most—organizers accept only 2,300 racers annually—the Napa Valley Marathon allows runners some elbowroom. The route runs along the Silverado Trail on the east side of the valley, and winds south from Calistoga down to Napa. The scenery? It’s simply stunning, with views of the valley, fruit trees and dormant vineyards flanked with gold-colored mustard flowers. Except for the last stretch into Napa, this is a rural race—just you, the road and wine country.
I would have to agree!! I can't wait to run it again. Besides the beauty of the course, the limited size allows the organizers to completely spoil it's runners! Just a bit over a month to go.....