Overall Rating
Overall Rating (140 Reviews)
4.5
(140 Ratings)(140 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
SCENERY
4.7
PRODUCTION
4.1
SWAG
3.8
Napa-to-Sonoma is the flagship event in the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. This popular race features a fast and scenic course starting at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishing in historic Sonoma Plaza in front of City Hall. The world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys serve as the host of this event, … MORE
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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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    mconti50 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course was good, although the road was very uneven and had a lot of pot holes. The race had no t-shirts in my desired size and one will have … MORE

    The course was good, although the road was very uneven and had a lot of pot holes.
    The race had no t-shirts in my desired size and one will have to be mailed. Granted they gave me 40% a future race, but it has to be within this year. After finishing the race this event somehow ran out of wine glasses. We stood in line for 45 minutes and they had no idea when the glasses would arrive. At least they didn’t run out of water like they did last year.

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    sparrowsgirl FIRST-TIMER '18

    A relatively easy and peaceful half marathon, this route winds past vineyards along roads that have been closed down (no running on the shoulders of busy roads!). Be warned- transportation … MORE

    A relatively easy and peaceful half marathon, this route winds past vineyards along roads that have been closed down (no running on the shoulders of busy roads!). Be warned- transportation was a bit complicated and the staging area wasn’t the greatest. I was particularly impressed with the event’s email game- frequent and including all the important details.

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    Do you like a race where you aren't dodging cars, there are plenty of restrooms provided, where there is medical assistance throughout the course, or where you get a bottle … MORE

    Do you like a race where you aren’t dodging cars, there are plenty of restrooms provided, where there is medical assistance throughout the course, or where you get a bottle of water after you finish? Well, then this race is NOT for you. I think the cars and the restrooms were the biggest frustration for me. It cost me at least 15 minutes just waiting to go on the course and that’s after I waited for 6 miles hoping the lines would get shorter. Also, the cars speeding by without anyone to direct them and they were coming onto the course, NOT GOOD. This isn’t really a closed course. Which is funny because they started 15 minutes late because of “cars on the course”.

    They ran out of water bottles and wine glasses at the finish. I had to wait at least 30 minutes for the wine glass and then waited in lines for the wine. They were also giving half marathon medals to 5k finishers. I guess they ran out of 5k medals. Not fun when you run over 4 times the distance and get the same medal.

    I stayed at a partnered hotel and the shuttle service actually worked out great once I got past all the confusion of if it would even get me back to my hotel. I still don’t know what the timing was so I raced out of the post-race event so I would get stuck so far away from my hotel (that would have been a $50 uber).

    Although there is no real course information except a roadmap, you can guess it was going to be hilly. It was an elevation of 495 ft according to my Nike Run App. That’s pretty hilly.

    The course was beautiful and people did seem to be having fun. The medal is cute. If this ran at all smoothly I would recommend it for the location but as is I don’t think it’s worth it. Just run around Napa on your own and save the cash.

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 21, 2018 at 7:55pm

    Brittany, thanks for the thoughtful review! I'm disappointed for you and your fellow runners that the race itself didn't live up to expectations this year, but feedback like yours will be all-important in helping the organizers step up and avoid the same mistakes next year. Hopefully their Healdsburg race in October will be its usual excellent self, and if you haven't run that one I'd recommend it — like you I'm a big Disney fan, and my lasting memory of that race is the group of friends all running in Incredibles costumes, pretty awesome. Thanks again for the honest review, and I'm excited to follow your other racing adventures here on RaceRaves!

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    PeteSinCA Jul 16, 2018 at 3:36pm

    I'm used to trail runs, where cars are what brought you to the park. So even a well managed street course that isn't totally closed to traffic makes me nervous. Less than well managed is like an accident looking for a place to happen.

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    z325_wtc FIRST-TIMER '18

    So my husband and I planned our honeymoon around when then race would take place. See we are trying to pick up more state. And hell we love wine. We … MORE

    So my husband and I planned our honeymoon around when then race would take place. See we are trying to pick up more state. And hell we love wine.

    We waited in line to get a wine glass for over 30 mins. To be handed a small clear cup saying they are out of wine glass. Come back later. Very disappointing.

    We had our flight back home to our family all planned out. We would wear our race shirts. Guess what? I didn’t even get one. At expo they had no XL shirts. They will be mailing.

    For a race you pay this amount of money for. These things are unacceptable!!!

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    Happiestrunneronearth Jul 22, 2018 at 6:33pm

    Congratulations!

    I'm sorry your honeymoon didn't go as planned. You'll have to pick a better race for your anniversary!

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    aicila.lee REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Good mix of runners and signed up because of the wine tasting at the end. Views were boring, you've seen one vineyard, you've seen them all. Worst aspects, they made … MORE

    Good mix of runners and signed up because of the wine tasting at the end. Views were boring, you’ve seen one vineyard, you’ve seen them all. Worst aspects, they made you stop multiple times for traffic. No point in having this as a competitive run or even practice. They ran out of the commemorative wine glasses for the runners even tho the swag included this. Many runners left without this after waiting for more than 30 minutes. They provided cheap cotton tshirts, for the price you pay, you’d expect dry wicking fabric. Food selection was few and far between after the run, the expo was weak, hardly any running related or athletics related vendors. Starbucks is nice, but how does it relate to running or healthy habits? Workers were annoyed, yes runners are mad cause you couldn’t match the number of glasses to the number of participants. Another runner who did this run last year told us they were given a swag bag last year, but only provided it to the VIPs this year. Should have released people in waves, took almost two miles to get around slower runners. Not worth it.

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    aaron604 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Truly one of those 'bucket list' races. Thanks to the awesome pre and post race activities - Destination Races not only promises a great running experience but always and unforgettable … MORE

    Truly one of those ‘bucket list’ races. Thanks to the awesome pre and post race activities – Destination Races not only promises a great running experience but always and unforgettable day. We are from Vancouver, Canada and flew down for the second year to the Napa-to-Sonoma. This year was unusually HOT (Low 80s by mid-morning) which made for a tough slog. The scenery is tranquil and gorgeous in the morning, although at times a little repetitive, rolling farm land for 20Km. Relatively flat course, makes for generally fast times – on years not dealing with THE HEAT. Fans are a little sparse in between farm communities, but the start and beginning make up for that. The best part of course – and makes this race unforgettable is the Post-Race festitivies. DR does a great job of organizing and really making this feel like a small community race – for such a large event. Brought friends out this year, and will be back again in the future!

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    lmkanemoto FIRST-TIMER '17

    The course started out hilly, but flattened out the second half. it was an absolutely beautiful race, surrounded by three wine country. The water/aid stations were fabulous, even having gels … MORE

    The course started out hilly, but flattened out the second half. it was an absolutely beautiful race, surrounded by three wine country. The water/aid stations were fabulous, even having gels at one or two. Volunteers were helpful. The after party square was a blast, too!

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    I really enjoyed this race. The temp was hotter than normal and some water stations ran out of water. Luckily I was carrying my water bottle. Route has hills especially … MORE

    I really enjoyed this race. The temp was hotter than normal and some water stations ran out of water. Luckily I was carrying my water bottle. Route has hills especially in the beginning, but the very scenic route will help you forget. After party was fun and even guest (with paid fee) can participate in the wine tasting. Sonoma square is great to go explore after!! Would love to run this half again!

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    TCRunner REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I’ve run this course 4 times. I enjoy the scenery and the course size. This race has limited registration which makes for a great course experience. MORE

    I’ve run this course 4 times. I enjoy the scenery and the course size. This race has limited registration which makes for a great course experience.

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    diamondplated FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great race directors. It was a beautiful and well organized race. There was a great energy level for the entire race. The finishers medal was awesome also. I would love … MORE

    Great race directors. It was a beautiful and well organized race. There was a great energy level for the entire race. The finishers medal was awesome also. I would love to do this race again in the future or another one of the destination races.

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    Denise2389 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Do you like to run? Do you like wine? What a great combination to lump them into one vacation. Great organization and in most years, great weather. MORE

    Do you like to run? Do you like wine? What a great combination to lump them into one vacation. Great organization and in most years, great weather.

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    muzicamuse REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I love the views and the after party. I also enjoy harder races. It is summer time, so it will be warm, there will be some hills (rolling) and some … MORE

    I love the views and the after party. I also enjoy harder races.
    It is summer time, so it will be warm, there will be some hills (rolling) and some gravel for a couple miles, you really need to show up early (they close the roads down). It is not easy for spectators to get around to cheer you on, so if you have family/friends coming- have them bring a book or have them show up closer to when you will be finishing, you should also bring cash for food or a cooler with your own food. If you think you need more water than most people, bring your own (same with calories), Then take your time to drink wine and sober up 🙂 I love this winery, they are always great.

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    muzicamuse Jan 03, 2018 at 5:02pm

    This was supposed to be for the Virginia race. Please delete.
    I don't think you can bring food into Napa and Napa finishes in Sonoma (the town center), Napa to Sonoma is even prettier than Virginia, in my opinion and the weather is friendlier.

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    jcraig08 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I thought the course was good- very scenic run through the vineyards (and loved the chardonnay at mile 10)! However, due to the time of year, it was incredibly warm. … MORE

    I thought the course was good- very scenic run through the vineyards (and loved the chardonnay at mile 10)! However, due to the time of year, it was incredibly warm. So that made the otherwise enjoyable race not very enjoyable. The after party was great though- one of the best I’ve been too. Very spread out with a good selection of decent wineries and food vendors.

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    dinaerrn1 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Known as the Best of California HM’s I was pleased with many aspects of the race. The course was pretty, who doesn’t love looking at vineyards! The SWAG was great, … MORE

    Known as the Best of California HM’s I was pleased with many aspects of the race. The course was pretty, who doesn’t love looking at vineyards! The SWAG was great, wine tasting in Napa with some vineyards I hadn’t been to before. The post-race food was refreshing too. The venue was awesome, so pretty and all the shops were cute. The sad part was the Huge need for water! And that is where they need to improve. The first three stations ran out of water! It was so Hot and yet you couldn’t cool off. My solution would be the large self-serve water stations at every stop or even run a “green race”. The weather was not a surprise, but the lack of water was! Keep the runners safe and make sure they can stay hydrated during the race.

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    minoakafl FIRST-TIMER '17

    Awesome race! Sells out quickly so set your calendars so you don't miss it! Very nice expo as well. Make sure you hydrate and save enough time to explore the … MORE

    Awesome race! Sells out quickly so set your calendars so you don’t miss it! Very nice expo as well. Make sure you hydrate and save enough time to explore the many many wineries.

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    kaia02 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Roads were a little rough, you had to be very careful while you ran. Course was beautiful, no too crowded, people were friendly. But, by far, the best part of … MORE

    Roads were a little rough, you had to be very careful while you ran. Course was beautiful, no too crowded, people were friendly. But, by far, the best part of this race was the after party in the square.

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