Overall Rating
Overall Rating (46 Reviews)
4.7
(46 Ratings)(46 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
4
This end of wine harvest and Halloween themed race runs through the renowned Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys in late October when the weather is ideal for running and the autumn-colored vineyards glow in the warm sunshine. This visually stunning course starts at Virginia Dare Winery and finishes on the … MORE
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    fabe46 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Beautiful course. No severe uphills that I can remember. What I did not like was that the roads were slanted which was rough on my ankles. Not accustomed to running … MORE

    Beautiful course. No severe uphills that I can remember. What I did not like was that the roads were slanted which was rough on my ankles. Not accustomed to running on side way slants in addition to having ankle issues already. I would still recommend but with that warning. The post run awArds were fun. (Costumes)The wine tasting afterwards was also fun. They did not have the correct wine glass for me. They mailed me one and it arrived yesterday, over a month since the run. Still like destinaton races production.

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    3
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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    ecpetnurse REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I have run this race in the past and it has always been wonderful. This year, due to the wildfires the race was unfortunately cancelled. I am very excited to … MORE

    I have run this race in the past and it has always been wonderful. This year, due to the wildfires the race was unfortunately cancelled. I am very excited to participate this next year. The race is one of the most beautiful courses in the world!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    photodrm1 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Even though the event had to be cancelled due to the wild fires, the organization was very informative and worked with us to move our entry fees. I still went … MORE

    Even though the event had to be cancelled due to the wild fires, the organization was very informative and worked with us to move our entry fees. I still went to the area and found it to be picturesque and can’t wait to run the hills of California

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    druid62 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This race has great swag, incredibly scenic and the after party is one of the beat out there. Note: race was cancelled due to fire on 2017, but have done … MORE

    This race has great swag, incredibly scenic and the after party is one of the beat out there.

    Note: race was cancelled due to fire on 2017, but have done it 4 times.

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    4
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    5
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    5

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    rhettbratt REPEAT RUNNER '16

    An enjoyable event each and every year. I've run it every year since it started except one (injured), and it's never disappointed. Beautiful run through the Dry Creek Valley -- … MORE

    An enjoyable event each and every year. I’ve run it every year since it started except one (injured), and it’s never disappointed. Beautiful run through the Dry Creek Valley — I always savor the tangy smell of the crush on the fields. And the people who run it always have a great time. Most wear costumes, so it isn’t an intense race — more of a celebration spent running. And the wine tasting at the end is epic! Wineries who participate are among the best in that very well-known region. Great experience from beginning to end.

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    5
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    5
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    4

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    Primadawn FIRST-TIMER '14

    This is an awesome rolling hills course through Healdsberg and surrounding winery routes. This was my first running event, ever. Great start!, with wine to celebrate a first finish. I … MORE

    This is an awesome rolling hills course through Healdsberg and surrounding winery routes. This was my first running event, ever. Great start!, with wine to celebrate a first finish. I would run it again, though it was hard to accommodations. (Book a room early)

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    lmfirestone REPEAT RUNNER '16

    A tradition to run this race with a group of friends. It's both a race of accomplishment and festivities. Always on the weekend of Halloween everyone dresses up. The scenery … MORE

    A tradition to run this race with a group of friends. It’s both a race of accomplishment and festivities. Always on the weekend of Halloween everyone dresses up. The scenery can’t get better and the enthusiasm from the community brings you to the finish line. It’s great when the race ends in the square, but that changes every year. Either way, you are in the wine country and it’s a good way to spend the rest of the weekend.

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    3
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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    3

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    wellsstephaniek FIRST-TIMER '16

    Although I had an amazing time at this race, the course can be a little hilly, so beware. Amazing post race festivities! Amazing race organization! MORE

    Although I had an amazing time at this race, the course can be a little hilly, so beware. Amazing post race festivities! Amazing race organization!

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    4
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    4
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    4

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    tjreedpt FIRST-TIMER '16

    Location was great but preparation for rainy weather was not good. Finish line was particularly confusing as to where to pick up gear and how to get back to initial … MORE

    Location was great but preparation for rainy weather was not good. Finish line was particularly confusing as to where to pick up gear and how to get back to initial parking area. Mud everywhere didn’t help. Sorry to be negative but for the price of the entry things should have been better organized.

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    3
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    4
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    4
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    3

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    joanne32127 FIRST-TIMER '16

    It was a great race in one of our favorite places. It was a bit more climb than I was used to, but the run and related events were very … MORE

    It was a great race in one of our favorite places. It was a bit more climb than I was used to, but the run and related events were very well done. I even got to meet Meb who gave me running tips! Beautiful place. Bad weather was the only downfall of a great event.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    acstenberg REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The Healdsburg half is a beautiful race through the vineyards. There is an amazing fun festive atmosphere, with racers dressing in costumes and drinking wine. MORE

    The Healdsburg half is a beautiful race through the vineyards. There is an amazing fun festive atmosphere, with racers dressing in costumes and drinking wine.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    Steve_Berberich FIRST-TIMER '16

    The planning of the race and the associated events were wonderful! The scenery was beautiful for an overall great experience. The weather, especially post run for the awards and celebration, … MORE

    The planning of the race and the associated events were wonderful! The scenery was beautiful for an overall great experience. The weather, especially post run for the awards and celebration, was terrible. The event organizers did the best they could under the circumstances.

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    4
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    5
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    4
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    mallory.bushee FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was the best way for an active person to see wine country for the first time. I did this as a "girls trip" and it couldn't have been any … MORE

    This was the best way for an active person to see wine country for the first time. I did this as a “girls trip” and it couldn’t have been any better. We started in San Fran and drove up through Napa so we experienced that but loved staying in Healdsburg. After the race we took some time for recovery then went to some of the wineries we ran past earlier that morning. Running through the vineyards made taking the wines there later even more special. The course was hilly with lots of turns but the scenery all the way throughout made it worthwhile (even though it was spitting rain majority of the time). The toughest stretch however was the finish, the scenery wasn’t as pretty.

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    3
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    5
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    5

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    TRIKOHL REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The course is scenic and challenging, which makes the post party wine even better. You can't beat running through empty roads in wine country. Packet pick up the day before … MORE

    The course is scenic and challenging, which makes the post party wine even better. You can’t beat running through empty roads in wine country. Packet pick up the day before or morning of is a nice perk for those out of town’ers. If you join as a team you can get a discount. Make sure to bring friends, so they can party with you afterwards!
    I’ve ran this race twice. To different courses, two different starting points/ending points, and two different finisher parties, but both times a ton of fun. This is the 13.1 I’ve traveled out of state for, and I know Ill be back.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    deniseholladay REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This race can't be beat for scenery and a fun vibe! It was a rainy morning, which added to the sparkling fall colors and "what the heck, let's do this" … MORE

    This race can’t be beat for scenery and a fun vibe! It was a rainy morning, which added to the sparkling fall colors and “what the heck, let’s do this” vibe. The rain did not stop spectators from coming out to offer wine tastings and high fives, either. Running in to the finish line through a rainy haze really lent a celebratory feel to the day. The two things that could be improved upon were mylar blankets at the end and more aid stations, although not having many aid stations improved my time, as I couldn’t stop for the blister on my foot:) and just had to “suck it up, buttercup”!

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    3
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    5
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    5
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    geoff411 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This hilly race in Sonoma California offers breathtaking views a moderate temperature and a Halloween theme. It also offer the wine lovers the opportunity to experience wine country at a … MORE

    This hilly race in Sonoma California offers breathtaking views a moderate temperature and a Halloween theme. It also offer the wine lovers the opportunity to experience wine country at a time of year that is not overly crowded,

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    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    sdf56 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Well organized race and makes for an interesting race from point to point. Finisher/recovery food non-existent and would like to see fruit and some protein, especially when there is wine … MORE

    Well organized race and makes for an interesting race from point to point. Finisher/recovery food non-existent and would like to see fruit and some protein, especially when there is wine following. Lots of wine to sample from some fabulous wineries.

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    4
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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    2

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    jlkennison FIRST-TIMER '16

    The scenery is beautiful and lots of rolling hills to add some variety. It was very rainy (uncommon for the area and time of year) so I'm positive it is … MORE

    The scenery is beautiful and lots of rolling hills to add some variety. It was very rainy (uncommon for the area and time of year) so I’m positive it is even better than what I experienced. Still, this is one of the most beautiful road races I have participated in (>10 in 2016) The expo is limited and parking at the event site for the festival at the end is crowded. The winery was dog friendly and very comfortable to relax and have a good (and a little muddy!) time.

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    druid62 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was my third time doing the race, but a bad ankle sprain put me out. Scenery, destination races and the amazing wine tasting afterwards is a must. MORE

    This was my third time doing the race, but a bad ankle sprain put me out. Scenery, destination races and the amazing wine tasting afterwards is a must.

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    2
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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    Megafun REPEAT RUNNER '16

    So much fun! I've done it three times now - people wear costumes, the fall foliage is gorgeous, and Dry Creek is simply magical. Great place to run a half … MORE

    So much fun! I’ve done it three times now – people wear costumes, the fall foliage is gorgeous, and Dry Creek is simply magical. Great place to run a half marathon.

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    5
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    4

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