Overall Rating
Overall Rating (113 Reviews)
4.7
(113 Ratings)(113 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
4.7
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.3
The Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon is dedicated to fostering and promoting quality road racing in an inspiring setting. Known as the “biggest little marathon in the West,” the Marathon has earned a reputation for outstanding runner support, attention to detail, and a beautiful point-to-point course. The Napa Valley … MORE
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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Beautiful, gently rolling, perfect running weather, excellent race production, swag, volunteers, easy shuttle to start, plenty of parking at pick-up area, all in wine country. MORE

    Beautiful, gently rolling, perfect running weather, excellent race production, swag, volunteers, easy shuttle to start, plenty of parking at pick-up area, all in wine country.

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    runjanerun REPEAT RUNNER '19

    One of my faves! Gentle hills, outstanding race organization, and now with a half marathon. Plenty of aid stations, volunteers, easy bus shuttle to start, beautiful medal, etc. Note: time … MORE

    One of my faves! Gentle hills, outstanding race organization, and now with a half marathon. Plenty of aid stations, volunteers, easy bus shuttle to start, beautiful medal, etc. Note: time limit for the full is 6 hrs exactly.

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    jdmill95 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Despite the drizzle, the race day temperature was just about perfect. The water station volunteers were wonderful. The bag pickup after the race went smoothly. MORE

    Despite the drizzle, the race day temperature was just about perfect. The water station volunteers were wonderful. The bag pickup after the race went smoothly.

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    NVMarathon Mar 16, 2019 at 5:04pm

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    lucymiller7 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Perfect course and perfect weather. Overcast and cool but dry until the last few miles, when the rain sprinkled just when I needed it most. Someone was always handing me … MORE

    Perfect course and perfect weather. Overcast and cool but dry until the last few miles, when the rain sprinkled just when I needed it most. Someone was always handing me water and I finished the race well-hydrated. The post-race meal was perfect and the only thing I could have possibly stomached at the time. Even the photos that came through are great. Highly recommended for first time marathoners.

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    NVMarathon Mar 16, 2019 at 5:03pm

    Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed our race.

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    sarahealdrich FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was my first marathon, and the weather conditions were perfect! Cool and overcast throughout, and sprinkled a little but wasn't raining a lot. It was hillier than I expected, … MORE

    It was my first marathon, and the weather conditions were perfect! Cool and overcast throughout, and sprinkled a little but wasn’t raining a lot. It was hillier than I expected, the hills last throughout so if you can train with hills that’s ideal. Beautiful scenery and the volunteers were great – I loved it!

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    NVMarathon Mar 16, 2019 at 5:04pm

    Glad you loved the scenery, it's one of the best parts about our race. Thank you for your review!

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    k-runner319 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race is great for 1st time marathoners. The course has some rolling hills but nothing crazy. They have water / nuun stops every 2 miles which is very welcomed. … MORE

    This race is great for 1st time marathoners. The course has some rolling hills but nothing crazy. They have water / nuun stops every 2 miles which is very welcomed. The scenery was beautiful of the vineyards and wineries!

    They did a great job with all of the details. For example: they let us stay on the bus to keep warm before the race. The bathroom lines were not too long (only ~5 minute wait). The bag drop was made easy because 1) they gave us bags at the expo with our numbers on it and 2) made it very easy to drop off (via bus windows) / pick up (already had my bag ready as I approached!). They had people at the finish line to help you in case you had any medical issues.

    It was great that their partners were wineries – which made it fun to explore after the marathon.

    Only recommendation: label the buses or make an announcement before departing to the start line to ensure that the marathoners vs. half-marathoners are on the right bus!

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    NVMarathon Mar 16, 2019 at 5:06pm

    Thank you for your review and your recommendation. Glad you had a good race!

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    daniela.owen REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is well-organized, with plenty of water stations and bathrooms along the route. It's a small marathon, so the field is open, and you can start running from the … MORE

    This race is well-organized, with plenty of water stations and bathrooms along the route. It’s a small marathon, so the field is open, and you can start running from the start line. It’s a stunning course, and fans can meet you several times along the way and at the finish, which was a real highlight for me. Such a special gem of a marathon. And you are in Napa for post-race wine tasting. So pretty much, can’t get better than this!

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    NuvitS REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Napa Marathon is one of the better organized races I run. Each year I run different marathons just to do something different but always come back to Napa. MORE

    Napa Marathon is one of the better organized races I run. Each year I run different marathons just to do something different but always come back to Napa.

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    tp1379 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Settled into a good pace and cruised along for an excellent Sunday run. None of the crazy zigzags in the course to fill out the distance like other big-city marathons … MORE

    Settled into a good pace and cruised along for an excellent Sunday run. None of the crazy zigzags in the course to fill out the distance like other big-city marathons I’ve done. Not a big race expo, but who cares when there is wine to be sampled?

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    lnsciacqua FIRST-TIMER '19

    Loved the welcome committee at the finish line. I was running alone and it was nice to have someone greet me, congratulate me and let me know where I could … MORE

    Loved the welcome committee at the finish line. I was running alone and it was nice to have someone greet me, congratulate me and let me know where I could find things (snacks, water, food, swag collection etc). Running shirt is horrible. Ugly and letters coming off at pick up. Duffle bag is a very cool idea, however the style is not practical and most likely will never be used again.

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    markjenmonical REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Best aspect: scenery, wine country food and, obviously, wine. Great destination marathon. Very hilly- better prepare for that. Not easy for spectators to get around, lots of long quiet spaces. … MORE

    Best aspect: scenery, wine country food and, obviously, wine. Great destination marathon.
    Very hilly- better prepare for that.
    Not easy for spectators to get around, lots of long quiet spaces.
    No free wine at the end, at least not if you finish at the very end- that was disappointing. But, it’s not like it’s hard to find.

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    jossy_218 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Beautiful vineyard from start to finish! Weather... 50/50 chance of rain. Course was harder than I thought! Road is not flat, it’s slanted so it’s harder to run. Overall I … MORE

    Beautiful vineyard from start to finish! Weather… 50/50 chance of rain. Course was harder than I thought! Road is not flat, it’s slanted so it’s harder to run. Overall I still finished strong. The swag this 2019 race is not as great compared to previous years to be honest.

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    shyang339 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    See Napa grape field and wineries along the course. It is beautiful. Post-race is excellent, hot soup, snacks, and band. Cannot be better. One of the best ways to explore … MORE

    See Napa grape field and wineries along the course. It is beautiful. Post-race is excellent, hot soup, snacks, and band. Cannot be better. One of the best ways to explore Napa.

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    tacyrupp FIRST-TIMER '19

    This course is for you if you like scenic farmland and nature, not crowds. Coming from flatland Florida, the rolling hills and banked roads took a bit of a toll … MORE

    This course is for you if you like scenic farmland and nature, not crowds. Coming from flatland Florida, the rolling hills and banked roads took a bit of a toll over the 26.2, but were manageable. Easy to stay in Napa and bus to the start – super well organized. Other pros: nicest race bag ever – will actually keep and reuse it. Cons: need more port-o-lets at the start, and more artistic shirt/medal. Would recommend this race, especially paired to a wine lover.

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    steve Mar 10, 2019 at 12:27pm

    Thanks for the review. Congrats on a race well done.

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    mjaeger50 FIRST-TIMER '19

    A mostly downhill and flat run, the course was still challenging. Enjoyed the beauty of the vineyards and the Napa Valley along the way. The race organizers set up a … MORE

    A mostly downhill and flat run, the course was still challenging. Enjoyed the beauty of the vineyards and the Napa Valley along the way. The race organizers set up a very good course with plenty of support along the way.

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    krissyanne FIRST-TIMER '19

    I pulled 2 muscles and didn’t cross the finish line...but had fun! Please run a race! My first half marathon and I was 3 miles from finishing! GOING to dominate … MORE

    I pulled 2 muscles and didn’t cross the finish line…but had fun! Please run a race! My first half marathon and I was 3 miles from finishing! GOING to dominate next year 🙂

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    I run with my wife and sons. It’s the only race that we are able to do togethet. And I acomplished the time I needed to bê able to run … MORE

    I run with my wife and sons. It’s the only race that we are able to do togethet.
    And I acomplished the time I needed to bê able to run Boston marathon.
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    kovu FIRST-TIMER '19

    I loved this course. There's a good number of turns and small rolling hills, which for me keeps it interesting, and overall it is slightly downhill. The scenery is trees … MORE

    I loved this course. There’s a good number of turns and small rolling hills, which for me keeps it interesting, and overall it is slightly downhill. The scenery is trees and fields and wineries. The road was wide enough the whole time so that I was never trapped in a crowd of runners, and I started a little later than I should have. I think they timed it well with the half marathon too. The only noticeable uphills for me were a couple in the beginning.

    I had read a lot about the road camber in the first half of the race and I was worried about it. If I hadn’t read about it, I’m not sure I would have paid much attention to it. It seemed to be the steepest where the tighter turns were, so the worst of it was always short term, ending when the turn ended. I don’t think I noticed at after the first 1/4 of the race or so.

    At the end someone personally greets you and gives you water, which is nice. I didn’t eat the soup because I could barely eat anything, but I like the idea.

    The backpack we got at the expo came in handy. I prefer short sleeved shirts but the shirt is nice too. It was supposed to rain up until the morning of, and then it did drizzle throughout some of the race, so it’s good to be prepared for that. The aid stations offered Nuun, which isn’t my favorite, but at least they chose a flavor that had sugar.

    I usually don’t like running the same race twice, but I’d definitely run it again.

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    drtigress FIRST-TIMER '19

    Breathtaking views, wonderful staff and volunteers. Everything from signup to bib pickup to the race to the finish line was very smooth. Will run it again and again! MORE

    Breathtaking views, wonderful staff and volunteers. Everything from signup to bib pickup to the race to the finish line was very smooth. Will run it again and again!

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    suegoose REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is very well organized and the scenery is fantastic. Lots of friendly and helpful volunteers along the way. I had a great run, not because of my time, … MORE

    This race is very well organized and the scenery is fantastic. Lots of friendly and helpful volunteers along the way. I had a great run, not because of my time, but because this is a great race. Thank you.

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