Planning a trip to Wine Country this fall? Be sure to register for the Healdsburg Half Marathon! This Halloween-themed race celebrates the end of the grape harvest and is held in Healdsburg, California, each October. Participants can enter a costume contest, win awards, and enjoy wine-tasting, food, live music, and more. The race starts on October 19, 2016, and always sells out early, so grab your friends and get ready to run! Here are some things you should know about the Healdsburg Half Marathon.
Get Excited for the Healdsburg Half Marathon
The stunning 13-mile race course starts at Virginia Dare Winery and finishes at Trentadue Winery. Winding through the renowned Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys, runners can admire the autumn-colored vineyards and enjoy the warm sunshine. To enter the half marathon, you must be able to finish the course in 3 hours and 30 minutes and keep a 16:00/mile pace or better. Feel free to download a course map and view the scenic route ahead of time.
Seven aid stations and one wine stop are located on the course. Water and GU Hydration Drink are provided at each aid station. Red and white wines from Mauritson Wines and Mazzocco Winery will also be offered at the on-course wine stop. Be sure to visit the wineries after the race and relax with a full glass!
Post-Race Wine & Music Festival
Once you cross the finish line, celebrate your achievement at the Wine & Music Festival! Enjoy drinks from over 20 wineries and local breweries, live music, food, and kids activities. This event is open to guests so bring your friends and family! There will also be an awards ceremony at Trentadue Winery and a finisher’s celebration at Martorana Family Winery. Be sure to check the marathon website for a full list of weekend events.
If you’re not ready to take on the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon, you can still participate in the festivities by running in the Hallowine 5K! This race starts at Mazzocco Winery and follows the final 3.1 miles of the half-marathon course before finishing at Trentadue Winery. The Hallowine 5K is open to all adults and kids ages 7 and older. Be sure to wear your best Halloween costume – prizes will be awarded and the post-race Wine & Music Festival!
Book Your Stay at the Honor Mansion
After a long day, take a short drive back to the Honor Mansion and relax. Our Healdsburg bed and breakfast is the perfect place to rest post-race and offers luxurious amenities for guests to enjoy. You can unwind in one of our beautiful guest rooms, enjoy a celebratory glass of wine, and join us for a delicious gourmet breakfast the next morning that will leave you feeling refreshed and restored. We can’t wait to hear all about your experience at the Healdsburg Half Marathon!
To learn more about the best events in Wine Country, including the Water to Wine Half Marathon in August, request a copy of our free Sonoma County vacation guide.
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