Santa Rosa Marathon

Santa Rosa Marathon

Santa Rosa Marathon

( 24 reviews )
91% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Santa Rosa,
    United States
  • August
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Beth Nixon

Winters, California, United States
4 15
"Fly through the Vineyards"
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Beth Nixon's thoughts:

The Santa Rosa Half Marathon takes place in late August in the heart of California’s Wine Country. It’s a beautiful out and back course that starts at 7:30am (an hour after the full marathon start on relatively the same course) It’s location near the coast keeps temperatures cool (60 degrees at the start) despite taking place in summer. Race management is top notch with communication, registration, and overall organization of race details. I chose the bib mailing option for $15 dollars and my amazing swag was perfect when it arrived a few days before race day. And this race can brag about their swag… A finisher’s jacket, medal, wine tumbler, personalized bibs, and a bottle of wine! There were 978 finishers in the half marathon in 2021. Your finishing time could be found by scanning a code of the front of your bib! Pretty cool! Aid stations with water or Gatorade were plentiful as were spectators. The course starts on city streets then pops onto a bike path for 11 miles or so. Although there were thousands of runners in total, there was plenty of room to spread out on the bike path. I crossed the finish line with a new PR, 1:49:17 and immediately grabbed a soy protein drink box, granola bar, and water which were offered at the finish. The finisher’s medals are heavy, solid and beautiful! Drop bag location was centered in a convenient location and was well organized. Porta potties were plentiful with no waiting. After the race, beer tents host a festival with drink tickets for purchase, however each runner does receive one free beer. Most runners congregate in Old Courthouse Square for these post race activities. There was also a tent selling merchandise. I parked just a block away from the start in a free parking lot without much searching around.
I highly recommend this race if your looking for a fun, fast, well organized event!!

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