Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.7
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3
The Napa Half Marathon and (bringing it back this year) Quarter Marathon start and finish at Skyline Park and wind through scenic Napa County with beautiful vineyards and spectacular vistas throughout the entire course. The Napa Half Marathon is nestled up in the rolling hills of east Napa. Scenic, rustic … MORE
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    lindayoung FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran the half marathon version of this race as a first-timer (they also offer a quarter marathon distance of 6.55 miles). This is a smaller race with around ~600 … MORE

    I ran the half marathon version of this race as a first-timer (they also offer a quarter marathon distance of 6.55 miles). This is a smaller race with around ~600 total runners in 2019. Here are my thoughts:

    NEGATIVES:
    -Website and Facebook ads for the race states that all participants will receive a tech short sleeve shirt. However, the shirt we received was NOT technical, it was just a cotton t-shirt. I was really sad about the lack of tech shirt 🙁
    -Announcer to kick start the race did not have a microphone, so most people weren’t able to hear her (a bit of a confusing start). Note: they did have a microphone for the finish.
    -Wish there was some distinction between the half marathon and quarter marathon medals, or at least the medal ribbons. Though I understand this would be logistically more complicated and a lot more expensive for a race of this size.
    -Wish they had staggered starts/some kind of corral system to spread out the crowds.
    -Everyone got the same start time. Not TOO huge of a deal with this being a smaller race, but probably added ~1min to my overall time.

    NEUTRAL (happy this was provided, but some feedback for improvement):
    -Loved the tickets for 2 free tacos from a food truck per runner. However, wish that they had 2 food truck options to avoid one really, really long line. Also, should have had a sign letting people know which flavors from the menu runners could get complimentary.
    -Plenty of volunteers and they were all very friendly and wanted to help. However, many of them did not have answers to questions asked of them and just generally seemed uneducated about logistical details (absolutely not the volunteer’s fault, and they did look for the answers when they did not know). The race organizers maybe should have spent more time communicating these details to the volunteers.
    -Free photos taken of runners and uploaded to Facebook. Love that they do this! However for me personally, the two times I encountered the camera woman on the course, she was not taking any photos and helping to direct runners on the path / stopping oncoming cars.
    -Finish line was a bit chaotic. the most confusing was figuring out where to get our taco tickets.
    -The roads were not closed for runners during the race (though the race organizers did a great job of communicating this in advance). Had volunteers and Police helping to direct car traffic where needed.
    -Took a day or two for results to be published on line, but overall, not a bad turnaround time for both results + all (free!!) photos!

    POSITIVES:
    -Beautiful, scenic course (there is some looping in the course), but I didn’t mind.
    -Bib pick up process was efficient. They allow both day before AND morning of bib pick up (morning of pick up at no extra charge too!!)
    -Course support – I think 3 water stations for the first 6 miles, and 2 water stations for the remainder of the course for the half marathoners. Stations had water and nuun electrolytes. I noticed pretzels and bananas at the later stations as well. Would’ve appreciated one more water station for the half marathon distance, maybe at around mile 12.
    -Potties. I saw a good number of port o potties along the course and they were spaced apart well.
    -Finish line refreshments. Bananas, tangerines, tons of water bottles, rose wine!, bagels, crackers, and 2 free tacos from a food truck. Long line for food truck though.
    -Loved the design of the medal for the half marathon.
    -Beringer bottle of wine for finishers (choice of white or red)

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    dalderton FIRST-TIMER '19

    The first aid station was 3 miles into the race and then 6 miles. Not nearly enough aid stations. Volunteers were great. Despite the lack of aid stations in the … MORE

    The first aid station was 3 miles into the race and then 6 miles. Not nearly enough aid stations. Volunteers were great. Despite the lack of aid stations in the half, I would definitely do this race again. The course was great and scenic!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    klawver FIRST-TIMER '19

    Flat course, small race, but great scenery...peaceful. Difficult to see your runner as a spectator. Good small race and would run again if in the area. MORE

    Flat course, small race, but great scenery…peaceful. Difficult to see your runner as a spectator. Good small race and would run again if in the area.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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