California > Cloverdale Harvest Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Cloverdale, CA • Sunday, October 19, 2014 • Course Map
Set for its 4th annual running in 2014 in the Sonoma County wine country of Northern California, on a course that winds alongside the Russian River and among the vineyards of the region known as the Alexander Valley, the Cloverdale Harvest race is set to feature a full marathon, half marathon and a 5K race, all of which are open to both runners and walkers.
All three races start on the grounds of the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, just a few blocks away from Citrus Fair Park in downtown Cloverdale, which was recognized by Budget Travel magazine as the "coolest small town in the West" in 2010.
Runners will find themselves in the heart of the California wine country here, running past hillsides filled with row after row of wine grapes, and runners who complete either the half or the full marathon will receive complimentary wine following the race at the post-race party.
Before that, however, there is the matter of actually getting out and running the course! The organizers plan to allow for generous time limits for completion, with six hours to complete the full marathon and five hours to finish the half marathon, which should allow for most everyone to cross the finish line within the official time for the race, whether they're running or walking the course.
From the starting line at the fairgrounds, runners in the half marathon will follow what is basically a pair of out-and-back stretches along the banks of the Russian River. First, they'll head east through town away from the fairgrounds and toward the river, northeast along East 1st Street and under the Redwood Highway (Highway 101) toward the turn off from the road and onto the trail that winds alongside the river, at the Cloverdale Cemetery.
There, the course next takes runners on a roughly two-and-a-half-mile out-and-back stretch on the paved trails along the river, with the Cloverdale hillsides over one shoulder and the flat vineyard fields on the opposite side of the river.
Once they make it back to East 1st Street after making the turn just after the mile 2 marker, runners next head onto a much longer out-and-back stretch, this time taking them south along Asti Road to the next turnaround point, between the mile 7 and 8 markers.
Though not run as close along the river as the first few miles, this stretch of the course also features plenty of wine country scenery, with stretches past the vineyards and wineries, and the turnaround point at the Asti Winery on Asti Post Office Road.
After that, runners then retrace their steps back in the opposite direction along the route they've just run, all the way back to the Citrus Fairgrounds for the race finish line.
Weather & Climate
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, roughly 90 miles north of downtown San Francisco, Cloverdale typically sees cool to moderately warm weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 32°F (in 1971) and as high as 106°F (in 1980).
||Day of Race
||Rain: 2.2 in.
||Snow: 0 in.
See the race route map for the Cloverdale Harvest Half Marathon
7:30 AM - half marathon, full marathon
9:00 AM - 5K
$60 for the half marathon, if registered before July 1, 2014
$70 between July 1 - August 14
$80 between Aug. 15 - September 30
$95 between October 1 and the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2014 running of the Cloverdale Harvest Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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