Water to Wine Half Marathon
04 August 2019
Water To Wine Half Marathon & 10-k (6.1) in early August is a road running event in Sonoma County. Starting and finishing at Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens. The Half Marathon course is 90% paved with two off-road sections through vineyards on hard packed dirt roads. The 10-k (6.1) course is 99% paved, only the last 100 yards will be hard packed dirt winery road.This is the second race of a three half marathon race series. If you finish Windsor Half, Water To Wine Half and Healdsburg Half you will receive a custom label bottle of wine with all three races on the label. If you are under 21 you will receive an alcohol free bottle.
The race takes runners on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes on the grounds of the Kendall Jackson Wine Center, which lies at 5007 Fulton Road, north of Santa Rosa. From there, the race unfolds past the vineyards south of the winery, with stretches past the Martinelli Vineyards and La Crema Winery, and a brief stretch along Mark West Creek.
Known as one of California’s wine capitals for its blend of wineries, art galleries, antique shops and museums, the population of the small town of Fulton swells every summer with the throngs of tourists and wine enthusiasts who flock to this area located just an hour’s drive north of San Francisco.That, of course, makes it one of the best places to combine a morning race with an afternoon and weekend of wine and food, and that’s exactly what the race organizers have in mind for the Water to Wine Half Marathon, which makes its annual running in the late summer, at a time of year when sunshine will be abundant and rain is extremely scarce — exactly the conditions that help make it perfect for growing wine grapes.With a combination of mountains in the distance, the rolling fields of the vineyards along the route here in Sonoma County and the peaceful scenic beauty of the winery at the finish line, the Water to Wine Half promises a relaxing course with plenty to distract you if you’re out for fun, as well as the chance to record an excellent time thanks to the race’s elevation profile.
Parking will be at Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens.
We will have water and hydration stations every 2 - 3 miles. Portable Restrooms will be located at every aid station. Ambulance will be on the course and at the Finish Line. Medical tent will also be available at the finish.
Half marathon is 8 or older. A bib number is required for every participant.
Computerized Chip Timing called BIB-TAGS will be used. These are disposable chips that attach to your race bib. When you cross the finish line, simply leave it on your bib and it's yours to keep.
The 13.1 Half Marathon will have a cut-off time of 3:30 hours, a 15:00/mile pace or better.