The Napa Half Marathon
October 1st, 2023!
The Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon is nestled up in the rolling hills of east Napa. Scenic, rustic and winding roads will take you from the start at Skyline Park through the vineyard lined neighborhoods in a charming countryside setting. Locals come out to cheer you on while curious deer are commonly seen along the course! Finishers of the Half Marathon will be greeted with a bottle of Napa Valley wine and all race finishers will receive a custom medal will greet you at the finish line. The race is hosted by Athletic Feat and is professionally chip timed by SVE Timing.
The Napa Half Marathon
The Napa Half Marathon is nestled up in the rolling hills of east Napa. Scenic, rustic and winding roads will take you from the start at Skyline Park through the vineyard lined neighborhoods in a charming countryside setting. Locals come out to cheer you on while curious deer are commonly seen along the course! Finishers of the Half Marathon will be greeted with a bottle of Napa Valley wine and a custom medal will greet you at the finish line. The race is hosted by Athletic Feat and is professionally chip timed by SVE Timing.
The Quarter Marathon
A fun distance for those who enjoy shorter races! The quarter marathon (about 6.55 miles) will follow the half marathon route on the first of its two loops. Then it will return to Skyline Park. Finishers will receive a medal as they finish. The quarter marathon will start with the Half, at 7:30am.
Plan to arrive at Skyline Park with plenty of time to prepare yourself for a great run! Have your parking pass ready at the west gate.
Packet Pick-Up will start at 6:15am and Run until 7:15am.
Please allow yourself enough time before the race to accommodate parking and packet pick-up.
THERE WILL BE NO DAY-OF-RACE REGISTRATIONS!
Your last chance to register will be Saturday (9/30), during packet pick-up at Athletic Feat.
Race Bibs: Please wear your race bib on the front of your body, unobscured by clothing, race belts or shirts tied around the waist. The chip timing system will NOT record your time if your bib is covered or worn on your back. Do not tamper with or remove the timing chip on the back of the bib.
Half Marathon Start: 7:30am
Quarter Marathon Start: 7:30am
The Napa Half Marathon runs north from Skyline Park on 4th Avenue to Coombsville Rd. Runners will loop counterclockwise on 3rd Avenue, North Avenue, First Avenue, Coombsville Rd and then north again on 3rd Avenue. Keeping right on 3rd Avenue the second time runners will climb and descend the 3rd Avenue hill and cross onto Olive Hill Ln. Runners merge from Olive Hill Ln onto Hagen Rd heading west. Runners turn south onto First Avenue and then east onto Coombsville Rd. Once back on 4th Avenue runners will retrace the route to the finish inside Skyline Park. The course is entirely paved except for the first and last 80 meters which are on hard packed dirt and gravel.
The Napa Quarter Marathon is a 6.55 mile course that runs north from Skyline Park on 4th Avenue to Coombsville Rd. Runners will loop counterclockwise on 3rd Avenue, North Avenue, First Avenue, and return to Coombsville Rd. Runners will retrace route south on 4th Avenue to the finish inside Skyline Park.
On the Course:
Mile markers will placed at each mile for both race distances. Course marshals and police will be at turns and major roadway junctions to protect and direct runners. Both courses are open to slow moving traffic. Please be aware of your surrounds at all times, especially when the course turns a corner. While headphones are allowed, you are responsible for being able to hear directions from course marshals. We strongly advise that your music volume be kept low for your own safety. Runners will be guided by lead bikers and will run against traffic.
Aid Stations: Water, electrolyte drinks and pretzels will be available at each station. Stations will be near miles 2, 3.5, 4.7, 7.5 and 10. Emergency water will be available at mile 11.5.
Bathrooms: Portable toilets will be along the course at miles 2.5, 4, 5.2, 8.8 and 10.7. Bathrooms will be available at the start/finish.
Skyline Park Day-Use Pass
Skyline Park requires a $5 Day-Use Pass on race day.
This pass grants you 1-Day access to the beautiful trails of Skyline Park.
Skyline Park Pass — $5.00
Streamline your race morning by picking up your packet before race day at Athletic Feat in Napa:
Friday September 29th: 10am-5pm
Saturday September 30th: 10am-4pm
3367 Solano Ave.
Napa, CA 94558
* $5 parking pass required to enter Skyline Park. If you purchased one at registration, you will be able to pick it up with your bib. Parking passes are available for purchase at packet pick-up if you did not purchase one at registration. These are a CASH only purchase if purchased at packet pick-up.
Prizes & Awards
The overall male and female winners of the Half Marathon will receive a free pair of running shoes.
The male and female winners of the Quarter Marathon will receive Athletic Feat gift cards.
Second and third place overall male and females in both races will also win prizes.
The top 3 in each age group will also receive a prize!
Age Groups: 12-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
The awards ceremony will be held at 11:00am. Check the streaming results at the results tent to find out if you were top three overall or if you won your age group.
Enjoy the the finish line atmosphere while getting a free massage. Post race snacks will be available for all finishers.
Where to Stay
Check the link below for information on places to stay throughout the Napa Valley.
There is also Camping available at Skyline Park where the race starts and finishes.
Directions to Race:
From the south: drive north on Hwy 29 and follow signs to go north on Hwy 221 (the Napa Vallejo Highway). drive 3 miles on 221 and then turn right on Imola Avenue, drive one mile to the west gate at Skyline Park.
From the West: drive east on Hwy 12 (Sonoma Hwy,) go north on Hwy 29 and take the Imola Avenue exit. Drive east on Imola 2.5 miles until you reach the west gate at Skyline Park.
Q & A:
What if I did not purchase a parking pass at registration and need one for Race Day? Login to your Run Sign Up account. Go to My Profile and look for Napa Half Marathon/Quarter Marathon under upcoming events. On the left side, choose Manage Registration. You'll be redirected to the registration site and you will then choose Add-Ons on the furthest left in the top menu bar. From there you will be able to manage the Skyline Parking Pass and add it to your current registration.
Is this a USATF certified course? It is not certified, but it is measured with a Jones Counter and multiple GPS devices.
Can I walk the Half Marathon? Yes, however you must be able to complete the course in 3.5 hours.
Can my dog run with me in either race? Sorry, we ask that your furry friends stay at home. Dogs are not allowed inside Skyline Park.
Can I run with my baby jogger? We do not specifically restrict strollers. We would not however recommend them. The course is on the road, which is open to traffic, and there is little to no shoulder. These are more like country roads, with no sidewalk.
I'm injured, can I get a refund or defer to next year's event? While we have a no refund policy, we are happy to defer your entry to the following year OR transfer your entry to a friend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with deferral or transfer requests.
Can I switch races? Yes, you may drop down from the Half to the Quarter Marathon. If you would like to upgrade from Quarter to Half Marathon please contact us as we will charge the difference in price. email@example.com
Are there pacers for this event? Not currently.
Will there be a bag check at the start? We will have a very informal area designated for your items. Please lock all valuables in your car or leave them at home.
How hilly is the course? It's a fair course in that for every uphill there is a nice downhill. A few hills have a challenging grade. We advise that you incorporate hills into your training plan to prepare yourself for the continual change in elevation.