California > Grapes of Rock Half Marathon
Healdsburg, CA • Saturday, June 8, 2013 • Course Map
Race Cancelled for 2013
Filled with gorgeous vineyards and many of Northern California's most visited wineries, the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County plays host to the first-ever Grapes of Rock Half Marathon as spring is giving way to summer in early June 2013.
Part of an all-day food, wine and music festival -- and a post-race concert at which Bret Michaels (yes, the Bret Michaels from Poison), Pete Stringfellow and Chris Hayes of Huey Lewis and the News are scheduled to perform -- the race also serves as a fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army of Santa Rosa as well as a number of local charities selected by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley and the Dry Creek Valley Association.
Runners are set to start the race in Healdsburg, at the intersection of Healdsburg Avenue and Passalacqua Road. From there, the 13.1-mile course heads north and west, unfolding through the wine country region known as the Dry Creek Valley, where runners will pass by vineyards like the Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, Passalacqua Winery, Quivira Vineyards, David Coffano Vineyard and Winery, the Ferrari-Cerrano Winery, and several others on the way to the finish line, along Skaggs Springs Road near Lake Sonoma.
The biggest hills along the course occur in the race's first three miles -- especially between mile markers 1 and 2 -- as runners are ascending the hill on Lytton Springs Road, after making the turn off Healdsburg Avenue. After the mile 3 marker, right after they pass the Headlsburg Municipal Airport, the course heads downhill again, and then stays there, for a long and very gradual overall uphill slope in to the finish line, with numerous small rolling hills in between.
The course time limit is 3 hours, which means runners will need to keep a pace of 14 minutes per mile or better -- and the race is open to walkers as well as runners, so long as they can complete the half marathon within the 3-hour time limit. Organizers note the time limit begins when the last participant crosses the starting line in Healdsburg (not the official starting time of the race).
After they cross the finish line, runners will receive a finisher's medal along with a custom wine glass, which they can take with them to the festival's wine tasting, where they'll receive free admission as part of their race entry.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Northern California's Sonoma County, about 70 miles northwest of San Francisco, Healdsburg typically sees June temperatures that average between 53°F and 87°F, while rainfall totals average less than 1/4 of an inch, making June the city's third-driest month of the year.
On the day of the race (June 8), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 85°F.
View the race route map for the Grapes of Rock Half Marathon
$125 for the half marathon, if registered by April 1, 2013
$135 between April 2 - May 1
$145 between May 2 - June 6
$160 on June 7 and after
To reserve your spot in the late spring/early summer 2013 running of Healdsburg's Grapes of Rock Half Marathon race, register online at Active.com.
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