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California > Napa Valley Stomp Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Napa, CA

   

Date

Saturday, October 3, 2009


 
Event Details

With 16 miles of trails that are used year-round by mountain bikers, horseback riders, walkers, joggers, runners and more, California's Skyline Wilderness Park is perhaps the perfect setting for the Napa Valley Stomp Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, a trail running event that takes runners along a very hilly and challenging trail route that features steep climbs and descents as well as a mix of races to suit both novice trail runners as well as for those with plenty of experience in these kinds of races, who consider themselves intermediate or even advanced trail runners.

Organized by the local race event company Sierra-Cascade Adventure Racing Sports, the race starts and finishes in the parking lot area of Skyline Wilderness Park, just off Imola Road, with staged starts for each race -- runners in the half marathon start their race at 8:30 AM, while those in the 10K start at 9:00 AM and those running the 5K start at 9:15 AM. Once they cross the starting line, participants immediately start climbing upward along the park trails, rising from an elevation of roughly 100 feet above sea level at the start to just above 650 feet above sea level by the time they reach the first mile marker.

Runners will reach a peak of over 900 feet above sea level at the race's highest point (a little beyond midway between mile markers 3 and 4) before starting a long, steady and steep descent over the next few miles on the way to the 6.5-mile point in the race. At this point, those running the 10K have completed their race; those running the half marathon will run this same course a second time to complete their 13.1 miles.

Along this difficult, hilly course, runners should expect to encounter plenty of what you'd expect at any trail race, including tree roots, rocky terrain, some areas shaded and others exposed to the sun, and some wet and muddy areas, depending on the previous days' weather. The views, however, make it all worthwhile -- Napa Valley and its surrounding hills and vineyards, through tree-lined trails and meadows filled with grasslands and wildflowers.


Race Weather & Climate

Located among the hills and valleys of the Northern California wine country, about an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Napa tends to see warm, dry summers and cooler, wetter conditions in the winter. In September, average monthly temperatures range between 82°F and 53°F, while rainfall totals average less than half an inch (0.41 inches) for the month.


Fees

On or before September 2, 2009
$40 for the half marathon
$35 for the 10K
$30 for the 5K

After Sept. 2
$45 for the half marathon
$40 for the 10K
$35 for the 5K


Registration

To reserve your spot in the fall 2009 running of the Napa Valley Stomp Trail Half Marathon, 10K or 5K, register online at Active.com.


Websites

www.scarsports.com

Skyline Wilderness Park



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