Start Time:

7:30am on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Start:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Finish:

Warm Springs Recreational Area

Distances:

Half Marathon: 13.1 miles (point-to-point)

Wine & Music Festival:

9:45am to 12:15pm

Costume Contest & Awards Ceremony:

10:40am to 11:30am

This wine harvest and Halloween themed race sells out early every year so be sure to register on time. Ancillary events and other activities are planned for our guests before and after the race, and we encourage spending time in the area to take advantage of all the attractions the region has to offer. Destination Races and the area businesses are thrilled to welcome you to Sonoma County for the Healdsburg Wine County Half Marathon! Once registered you’ll receive an email confirmation (save this) from the registration company (IM Athlete), as well as periodic emails with important event information as the race date approaches.

Timing

The race is chip timed to provide accurate and fair results for runners. Runners will receive a chip and gun time in the results. Top 3 overall finishers are based on gun time, all other finisher results use chip time results. The timing chips are disposable and do not need to be returned.

Gear Check

A gear check area is provided at the start for runners to place their warm-ups and other items in the bag provided by race staff. Write your bib number and name on the bags and they will be transported to the finish area for pickup. Any items left at the event will be donated to charity after 14 days.

Weather

October temperatures are usually very moderate and pleasant during the day and sunshine is the norm. The race start time temps can be chilly (high 40’s to low 50’s) but warm quickly once the sun comes up. The afternoon high temps can range from the 60’s to 80’s but your race time temperatures will range so bring extra clothing to the start, which can be checked.

There are also running and casual clothing items for sale at the expo and post-race festival.

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Awards

Top 3 Overall Male & Female

1st Place

$500 plus magnum of wine and Fortessa Award Plate

2nd Place

$250 plus magnum of wine

3rd Place

$150 plus magnum of wine Note: Bonus of $400 paid for setting Men’s or Women’s course record after 3rd year of course use
Men’s and Women’s Masters champions (40+) will be awarded a decanter trophy and magnum of wine.
Wine is awarded to top 3 male and female finishers in age division every 5 years from 21 to 70 age groups. Awards are determined by the runner’s age on race day. Certificates are provided for the under 21-age group
The fastest top 2 teams (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more members will receive awards. A team must have a minimum of 6 runners finish the half marathon to qualify as a team. See Registration for more information.
Best individual and team costumes receive awards! Please sign up at the expo or the festival information booth to enter the costume contest which starts at 10:30am.
Open to teams of participating wineries, the Winery Challenge Cup is awarded to the fastest winery team (after application of age/gender handicap) of 6 or more runners. See Get Involved for additional information.

Rules & Safety

Please line up at the start according to your pace. Elite runners will be positioned at the front with runners lining up behind them by mile pace. Please look for the pace signs posted along the start chute to guide your position. Please do not line up ahead of your pace time! This is chip timed so your time will officially begin when you cross the timing mat at the start line. Top 3 overall are on gun time. Take extra precautions as you start the race!
ALWAYS stay inside of the cones on the roadways. Runners should stay to the right of the cones at all times unless otherwise marked by arrows and chalk. Straying outside of the defined cone line is dangerous and NOT permitted.
NO roller blades, skateboards, animals or bicycles on course without permission. Baby strollers designed for runners are permitted but must begin at the back of the starting line.
Portable music with headphones are allowed but must be kept at low volume so runners can hear approaching traffic and verbal instructions from law enforcement and volunteers.
All runners MUST wear a race bib registered in their name, visible to race officials. We have no space or tolerance for “bandits” so if you are not a registered runner please do not attempt to run the race.
Please obey law enforcement officers and volunteers at all times! They are positioned on course for your safety. In rare cases, law enforcement may require runners to stop to allow traffic to pass. Failure to obey law enforcement and volunteers may result in removal from the course and disqualification.