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Overall Rating (156 Reviews)
4.4
(156 Ratings)  (156 Reviews)
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RUN SIP NAPA & SONOMA! The world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys serve as the host of this incredible event; offering the finest in wine country ambience and hospitality. This popular race features a fast and scenic course starting at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishing in historic Sonoma Plaza in front … MORE
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    noneleft FIRST-TIMER '22

    First time running this race. I’m not a wine drinker, but I love a nice point to point race and great medal. This race starts at the Cuvaison Winery in … MORE

    First time running this race. I’m not a wine drinker, but I love a nice point to point race and great medal. This race starts at the Cuvaison Winery in Napa and finishes at the Sonoma Town Square. It’s run on totally closed roads which I loved. There was about 1800 runners which made for a great day, too. I was never alone on the course even the last few miles. There were seven aid stations. Plenty of water, Nuun, and gels and friendly volunteers.
    Bussing to the start was painless. I rode the bus from the Best Western in Napa and then after the race, rode the bus back. The finish area was very congested with road closures, race participants, and tourists. The shuttle was so easy and stress free.
    The medal was awesome. The shirt was nice. Finish line goodies were aplenty. I did pick up my wine glass even though I didn’t do any tastings. 😁 . All in all a great race that is pricey, but for me, it is worth the cost because of the closed course, aid stations were well stocked with water, and great medal. I will definitely run again.

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    teresaramirez FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great support at the hydration stations - I really liked that there were more than 2 porta potties at the stations. The after race festivities were so much fun. MORE

    Great support at the hydration stations – I really liked that there were more than 2 porta potties at the stations. The after race festivities were so much fun.

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    nagelca1989 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I don't think I could say enough positive things about this race. I did the "Wine Pairing" which was the Rose 5k on Saturday and the Half on Sunday. Packet … MORE

    I don’t think I could say enough positive things about this race. I did the “Wine Pairing” which was the Rose 5k on Saturday and the Half on Sunday. Packet pick-up before the 5k was beyond easy and took less than 5 minutes. Parking in Sonoma plaza was a breeze. The starting area was spacious for all of us and we started right on time. The 5k was well marked and a beautiful tour of the neighborhood around Sonoma Plaza.

    The half marathon morning had easy runner drop-off pretty close to the start line. I was there an hour before and was able to use the port-a-potties twice before the lines got really crazy. We were delayed by 12 minutes starting but the race MC kept us very updated.

    The Half starts with a quarter mile big hill that gets you pumped for the rolling hills that follow! The aid stations were great and the kid volunteers made me smile! Not a ton of spectators on the course but the scenery made up for that. There was a place around mile 8 where people posted up to cheer us on which helped a ton as I was getting a little tired right then. The finish line is right as you enter Sonoma plaza and the cheering was wonderful there! The medals are really wonderfully wine barrel themed.

    The race was so amazing and the wine festival after was the perfect cherry on top! Never felt too crowded and there were tons of food options! Truly was the best way to wind down from a half! Thank you so much to the organizers and volunteers for this race! It was SPECTACULAR!

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    jsquinks FIRST-TIMER '22

    The first half of this race is tough. You quite literally run up a massive hill in the first 2 minutes of the run. So - prepare for that! After … MORE

    The first half of this race is tough. You quite literally run up a massive hill in the first 2 minutes of the run. So – prepare for that! After about Mile 6 the course gets flatter (though I wouldn’t ever call it flat) and faster. I ended up doing much better than I’d anticipated, though I didn’t get a PR. Personally, I love a rolling course, so it was fun!

    Other stuff: I like the medal and the shirt’s not bad. I didn’t stick around for much of the post-race wine fest, but the snacks and drinks at the end were plentiful. I thought the packet pickup was underwhelming, but not at all difficult (in fact, I thought the race ran quite smoothly overall, except for an unexplained 15 minute delay on race day morning).

    Overall, it’s a beautiful run and definitely worth putting atop your bucket list races. Highly recommend!

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    wiltshr2 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is the only race I have said I would do again. The course was relatively easy, nice rolling hills but nothing insane. However, the road conditions once you crossed … MORE

    This is the only race I have said I would do again. The course was relatively easy, nice rolling hills but nothing insane. However, the road conditions once you crossed into the Sonoma side (about 8-9 miles) was rough. Very uneven pavement which resulted in me trying to hop around the road to find smooth surfaces. The runner drop off was not a good experience. The people directing the drop off were getting on to people for stopping to let people out. I was under the impression that I would be able to take a few minutes to put on sunscreen, say goodbye to my S.O., and get all of my gear ready after being in the car. I was running along side the car trying to get my stuff together while the guides were yelling for the drivers to keep moving. As a result, I did not get to put on any sunscreen or eat my pre-race snack. Other than those two issues, the race was amazing and the post-race wine surpassed my expectations.

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    spearb REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This beautiful race begins a Cuvaison winery in Napa and Windsor through the Carneros region bringing you into historic downtown Sonoma. A couple hills, but generally a flat course. Support … MORE

    This beautiful race begins a Cuvaison winery in Napa and Windsor through the Carneros region bringing you into historic downtown Sonoma. A couple hills, but generally a flat course. Support available at 2 mi intervals make it perfect for all levels of runners.

    The only reason not 5 shoes for production is both times I have run the race has started late because of delay in transporting all runners to the start.

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    The course was absolutely stunning with amazing views as we ran through the vineyards and watched hot air balloons float by. We had great weather and the start of the … MORE

    The course was absolutely stunning with amazing views as we ran through the vineyards and watched hot air balloons float by. We had great weather and the start of the event at 7:00am was ideal; not too early or late. I LOVE point to point races and this one was no exception. I’ve learned to be patient with the shuttles as they rarely run as planned; we waited until almost race start before boarding, but we did make it there in time and there were plenty of porta potties and gear check at the start in Cuivaison. The swag was great with the medal being one of my favorites ever!

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    Gensoares81 FIRST-TIMER '22

    It was a fun race but the coordination of the buses to the start was abysmal. I arrived a bit before 6am at the shuttle pick-up closest to the finish … MORE

    It was a fun race but the coordination of the buses to the start was abysmal. I arrived a bit before 6am at the shuttle pick-up closest to the finish line and got in line with about 300 other people (some of whom had been waiting since 5:15am). The buses did not show up until about 6:20 and then, because there were so many people, the full group wasn’t picked up until 6:45am. We arrived at the start as they were starting the race and many of us had to use the bathroom and/or drop off gear at gear check so we had to start the race late. It was pretty disappointing after following the directions they had given us before race day.
    Otherwise it was a nice race and loved the wine festival afterwards!

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    amanda.turek REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Loved the destination and discovering wine country. The path was a bit rough and pavement was sloped, but overall a very enjoyable run. Loved the energy and all that the … MORE

    Loved the destination and discovering wine country. The path was a bit rough and pavement was sloped, but overall a very enjoyable run. Loved the energy and all that the finish line had to offer!

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    shannonldailey REPEAT RUNNER '22

    One of the most scenic races i know of, great aide stations, plenty of hydration on the course, love the entertainment on the course at the distillery. Love the energy … MORE

    One of the most scenic races i know of, great aide stations, plenty of hydration on the course, love the entertainment on the course at the distillery. Love the energy at the finish line, the after festival is amazing. Other races don’t compare!!

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    JunS FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was a point-to-point race and we needed to take a shuttle from Sonoma to the start line. Due to bad weather and poor management (someone mentioned this was under … MORE

    This was a point-to-point race and we needed to take a shuttle from Sonoma to the start line. Due to bad weather and poor management (someone mentioned this was under the new company this year), we needed to wait for a shuttle more than one hour with lots of other runners under pouring rain. We missed the start time, all wet and hypothermic. This was not a good start, but I tried to catch up my target pacer. Some part of the road was not well paved and was hard on my ankles. It also took a very long time to get my checked bag back after the race. It was the worst racing experience I’ve had so far.

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    nathanialjg REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This race used to be a nice, fun, calm, low-key hometown race with local, friendly coordinators. All the benefits of a timed race, all the charm of hometown friendliness in … MORE

    This race used to be a nice, fun, calm, low-key hometown race with local, friendly coordinators. All the benefits of a timed race, all the charm of hometown friendliness in the organization (I helped pack swag bags for years in high school).

    Running this in 2021 (I signed up for the 2020 race), it became clear that this is not what it used to be.

    I arrived at 6am for a shuttle bus for a 7am start time. The shuttles were scheduled to run from 5:40 to 6:20. HUNDREDS of other runners were waiting for a shuttle I finally made it on to one of the last shuttles at 7:20, and got to the start line at almost 8am, as organizers were cleaning it up. Oh, and it was pouring rain the whole time, so I show up with my clothes and shoes absolutely soaked through.

    Because I wasn’t able to pace myself well compared to other folks around me, I ended up with some really erratic paces, managed to finish at 1:44, which is fine, I guess. I didn’t get my time until I emailed race organizers and spent days in back and forth with them.

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    meljaq FIRST-TIMER '19

    Do not sleep on this race. Yes the hype is worth it. Wine along the course is fun, but even beyond that it is incredibly beautiful, the rolling hills make … MORE

    Do not sleep on this race. Yes the hype is worth it. Wine along the course is fun, but even beyond that it is incredibly beautiful, the rolling hills make for an easy run, and the support at the end is stellar! Once you finish, the wine festival in Sonoma is a total blast with runners and non-runners enjoying the wine and sunshine. Book your hotel far in advance but definitely worth the planning!

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    amichellemac FIRST-TIMER '19

    I'd been wanting to run this race for years, so expectations were high. And the scenery didn't disappoint! I also quite liked the course, which starts out with rolling hills, … MORE

    I’d been wanting to run this race for years, so expectations were high. And the scenery didn’t disappoint! I also quite liked the course, which starts out with rolling hills, and ends flat. Certainly downhill overall. Many of the roads are in poor repair, and prime for ankle sprains. However, with growing up in Nova Scotia and living in Quebec, they didn’t bother me.

    Being a countryside run, the lack of spectator support could be expected. But I was disappointed the race organizers put up mile markers and called it a day. Motivational signage of some sort would have been appreciated.

    The Nuun along course made many runners nauseated. Should definitely change that up. Facilities were impressively plentiful along route. I was pleased they had gels at one rest stop, but they should also offer natural items, like orange or banana slices. The volunteer kids at the water stops were a huge highlight.

    My absolute favourite moment was hanging with the llamas next to the course. There was even a baby one!

    We were quite disappointed there was no race bag at the expo. We saw a few people with them. So they may have been a VIP perk. But at $180 an entry, that’s ridiculous.

    Be prepared to get up early, walk a ways from the parking to the shuttle (with no signage or markings), and to get dropped off further away after the race (which was not as indicated.) The race map left a great deal to be desired. So you had to scour the website for information. The volunteers knew next to nothing.

    The post-race had some good fuel, and a lot of long lines for small tastings of local wines. The souvenir glass was nice and I’ll certainly use it again.

    As this is the 12th consecutive year this race has sold out, the organizers know they can just phone it in. And, to a large extent, they do. I won’t be back. But I still enjoyed my experience overall, and would recommend it on that basis.

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    doll FIRST-TIMER '19

    Had never been to Wine Country and thought this would be a great way to see some of it. The scenery did not disappoint. Many other facets of this race … MORE

    Had never been to Wine Country and thought this would be a great way to see some of it. The scenery did not disappoint. Many other facets of this race did though. For starters, at $180, I would have thought they would provide runners with a lousy plastic bag to put your bib and t-shirt in when you collect them at the Expo, like pretty much all other races do. Next, had to ask a few questions of staff at the Expo, they looked at me like a deer in the headlights. Lame and unprofessional.
    A great deal of the course featured roads that were unwalkable, let alone fit for running on. They were patched and pocked everywhere and just an accident waiting to happen. How does a race organization justify mapping out a race course on such hazardous roads? It was absolutely scary . I live in the Northeast and not even after our harshest winters have I seen roads this bad.
    Then, after the race, for the privilege of waiting in line for an hour, you get a lousy wineglass. Just what runners want to do after running 13+ miles, is stand in lines. The organizational nightmare of how this was done is beyond words. Surely there are more efficient ways to get the glasses to the runners, even if at the Expo on Saturday. Finally after almost an hour of waiting, a volunteer came out into the lines with wristbands, asking runners if they were 21. Why wasn’t this done from the get-go? And what if, like me, you had no intention of drinking there? Why no separate location for non-drinkers that day to get our glass? There should have been many more volunteers involved with this process. Ridiculous and a total fail. For $180, we should have been served on a silver platter!!
    And yes, we all have different tastes when it comes to the t-shirt, but I thought it was pretty lame.
    I am sure this race will continue to sell out each year but please think twice before plunking down this kind of money for such a sub-par event. If most of the proceeds go to charity, that is one thing, but I couldn’t even tell you if it does or not. Didn’t see any evidence that it does.

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    edpearson FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course was beautiful and runs from Napa into downtown Sonoma. There's not a lot of participants (about 3000?) so no issues of overcrowded roads. One caveat is that the … MORE

    The course was beautiful and runs from Napa into downtown Sonoma. There’s not a lot of participants (about 3000?) so no issues of overcrowded roads. One caveat is that the 5k runners started much later and merged right about the time when the lead pack of the half marathon runners had about 2 miles left which led to a crowded race course. The course wasn’t overly challenging – it had a big hill on first mile, but mostly gentle rollers for the remainder. I finished 21st overall (1st in 50-54 age group) and all age group podium winners got a bottle of wine. After party was fantastic – plenty of wine tasting!

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    SAMama2 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Gorgeous race views & weather! Breath-taking! Some rolling hills that'll give your legs a workout, but the vineyards scenery make it all worth while. Awesome wine at the finish & … MORE

    Gorgeous race views & weather! Breath-taking! Some rolling hills that’ll give your legs a workout, but the vineyards scenery make it all worth while. Awesome wine at the finish & massages! Food trucks for purchase. Run of a lifetime!

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    lovetorun16 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Loved the scenery! This race was absolutely gorgeous! The festival at the end was fun but running out of glasses was not ideal. I was able to get my wine … MORE

    Loved the scenery! This race was absolutely gorgeous! The festival at the end was fun but running out of glasses was not ideal. I was able to get my wine glass but my friends had to wait 45 minutes + for theirs. The wine was delicious and I loved that we finished in a nice area where we could walk grab brunch. Overall, great race!

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    sskrips REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The experience, views, energy were great but the roads were rocky. The weather was great this year as it was not hot; however. I could have used a pair of … MORE

    The experience, views, energy were great but the roads were rocky. The weather was great this year as it was not hot; however. I could have used a pair of gloves. It was on the chillier side in the morning.

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    eryn FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall, beautiful race, and I would love to do it again, though I'm from Maine, so it's a long trek! I sent the medal home in the mail because the … MORE

    Overall, beautiful race, and I would love to do it again, though I’m from Maine, so it’s a long trek!

    I sent the medal home in the mail because the corkscrew on it made it iffy for TSA – but it’s super cute.

    FIRST HILL IS A DOOZY but the rest of the race is absolutely wonderful with rolling hills. The water stations were PERFECTLY spaced, and run really well. The last two miles are almost straight downhill so that made for a great finish.

    Loved it. And the t-shirt is awesome!!! Love the color and material!

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