The Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon partners with the following charity and community partners. Join one of our official charity training partners to fundraiser and train for the race or support a community group who will provide race day volunteers in return for a charitable donation.
Official Charity Partners
has a mission of raising awareness and funds towards a cure for pancreatic cancer. Sadly, the statistics are staggering. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancer killers and the least funded of the top 10 cancers. It is also the only cancer on the top 10 list with a single digit survival rate after 5 years.
Lend your lung power and join Team A Breath Away at the 2017 Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon & 2017 Hallowine 5K
When you join us you will help the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) raise funds for lung cancer research and patient services, help us reach our immediate goal of increasing survival rates and provide hope to those fighting lung cancer.
“Empowered patients live longer. Our message is simple… we want to LIVE.”
– Bonnie J. Addario; ALCF Founder & lung cancer survivor
Official Community Partners
Girls on the Run is a fun after-school program that uses the power of running to help prepare young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. During the after-school sessions, girls train for a 5k-run/walk event with workouts that teach healthy decision making and valuable life skills.
The event partners with the Girls on the Run chapter of Sonoma County. Many of the volunteers for this event are girls, parents and their mentors from Girls on the Run Sonoma County.
For more information about this program, visit gotrsonomacounty.org
Founded in 1875, the Native Sons of the Golden West is an organization with a rich history of historical preservation, which began in 1890 with the purchase of Sutter’s Fort when that landmark faced demolition and which continues to this day. The Native Sons was formed as a lasting monument to the men and women of California’s Gold Rush.<
Today the Native Sons of the Golden West maintain a strong sense of community building and help ensure a bright future through charitable endeavors and educational involvement. The Native Sons serve a crucial role in our races, managing parking and traffic flow, among other duties.
Learn more at nsgwca.com
Runners often have to dig deep and find some unnamed source of strength, perseverance, and determination. Finns have a name for that; it’s called “sisu”. Located in Sonoma, FAHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, residential and recreational cultural facility providing 48 subsidized and 16 moderate income apartments for qualified senior and disabled residents.
FAHA welcomes diversity and has an uncompromising commitment to and belief in inclusivity, providing housing regardless of culture, abilities, or ethnicity. Founded over 40 years ago by first-generation Finnish immigrants, today FAHA works to preserve its cultural heritage and build community under our name, Finnish American Home Association, through concerts, midsummer and harvest celebrations, and classes.
You may meet FAHA volunteers at registration or along the course, but you are sure to find us after you cross the finish line as we’ll be ready to hand you your wine glass.
Find some of your sisu at fahausa.org
The event benefits local Sonoma County High School track and cross-country programs including Maria Carrillo HS, Healdsburg HS, and Elsie Allen HS. Many student-athletes and parents volunteer at the race, creating a direct connection between the half marathon and their teams. Thanks to the efforts of the owners and staff at Heart & Sole in Santa Rosa, some of who coach and train at the high schools, and offer training groups for adults for the half marathon.
KLM seeks to change the landscape of South Africa’s most rural communities by identifying, educating and training it’s most promising youth. Each year, KLM selects 1-3 of the most talented students from the most rural communities in Mpumalanga Province (around the Kruger National Park), and sends them to Uplands College, one of the top secondary schools in the country. Throughout the process, KLM provides everything from toothbrushes to access to the country’s top legal and accounting firms. KLM scholars go through rigorous supplemental academic ‘bridging’ and leadership training programs, and upon high school graduation KLM works with the top universities, university scholarship programs and private companies to ensure that all students have access not only to college but to the careers of their choice. KLM has graduated five students, all attending college, and currently has seven in grades eight through twelve.
To learn more or to make a donation visit KLM-Foundation
Interested in becoming an Official Charity Partner? Complete our online application and a member of our Team will contact you for more information.
If your organization is interested in becoming a Community Partner, send us an email and a member of our staff will contact you.