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Some 3,300 runners expected for half marathon

Monday, July 15th, 2013 | Posted by | no responses

Motorists will share the road with 3,300 runners on Sunday (July 21) for the 10th anniversary of the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon produced by Destination Races of Sonoma.

The 13.1-mile race starts at 7 a.m. from Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishes in Sonoma Plaza in front of Sonoma City Hall.

The UnitedHealthcare Wine & Music Festival follows the sold-out race from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Plaza. Festivities include live music, health and wellness exhibitors and more than 20 wineries and local breweries pouring wine and beer.

Runners and guests are welcome; runners may pre-purchase up to three additional wine glasses for guests through Race Extras.

A free race expo is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (July 20) at Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive.

The upcoming race attracts runners and wine enthusiasts from all across the U.S. and several foreign countries. It is the flagship event of Destination Races, which also produces the Vintage Festival 12K and 5K. Matt Dockstader is the company president.

Its Wine Country Half Marathon series consists of six races: Santa Barbara wine country, Northern Virginia, Napa-to-Sonoma, Oregon (Willamette Valley), Kelowna, B.C. and Healdsburg.

For more information about the races, visit destinationraces.com.

Destination Races partners with a variety of national, regional and local charities and nonprofit organizations. Each year these organizations collectively raise more than $5 million in support of their causes through the Wine Country Half Marathon series.

Local Napa and Sonoma charities include Hanna Boys Center, Community Action of Napa Valley (CAN-V), Native Sons of the Golden West and Save Our Sports, a local effort that funds school sports at both of Sonoma’s public middle schools, Altimira and Adele Harrison.

Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. Through Team Challenge, runners can train and complete the half marathon while simultaneously helping to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases that impact more than 1.4 million Americans.

For more information about the Team Challenge program, visit ccteamchallenge.org.

Sponsors of the 2013 Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon include Subaru, Rabobank, Cliff Bar, ACCELERADE, SPIbelt, FRS, KINeSYS, Riedel, UnitedHealthcare, TheWineBuzz, Touring & Tasting, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Parkpoint Health Clubs and Sonoma Valley Hospital.

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