Napa-Sonoma Half Marathon

My new activity buddy and friend Kelly joined me last weekend on a trip up to run the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. I ran just for fun and came in at 1:42/1:38 – but the sensor failed to capture my 5 minute delayed start, though it did get Kelly’s. It was quite a spectacle with a couple hundred runners waiting in line to use the toilets just 5 minutes before the start of the race! The early 0715 start was delayed, but only slightly since the police didn’t want to hold up traffic all day. The run was mostly flat with a few light rolling hills, and simply beautiful of course… running through the country roads from the Domaine Carneros Estate to the city hall park and plaza in downtown Sonoma. Afterwards there was plenty of free wine to sample, only after receiving a free massage of course!

Oh, and besides the half marathon, we also got in some great mountain biking and camping in at Skyline Wilderness in Napa, visited the Petrified Forest, toured a few wineries (Sutter Home, Beringer, and V. Sattui), stopped in the historic and quaint Oakville Grocery, broke down outside of St. Helena and toured the beautifully historic city, broke down again trying to get dinner at Taylor’s Automatic Refresher, bumbed a ride from our campsite to the race start, passed up opportunities for tv interviews, saw the northern-most and final Spanish mission in California – San Francisco de Solano, enjoyed a great Italian lunch on the patio of The Red Grape in downtown Sonoma, got a jump from AAA then replaced my truck battery (with Kelly’s help!), admired the artwork and Napa valley views from the patio at Mumm, and drove around much of Napa and Sonoma. It was quite a fun and busy weekend! Will post pics soon.

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