December 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
Highlights of the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon (2008 – 2012)
The inaugural Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon was held on October 25, 2008. The course started at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, California, passed 22 wineries, and finished at the Lake Sonoma Recreation Area in the Dry Creek Valley near Healdsburg, California. There were more than 1,100 runners that participated in the point to point, rolling, and flat course in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys of California.
No race is without problems and this one has had a few. In 2008 runners race packets were not available on race day for pick up until 20 minutes before the start. There is no longer race day packet pick up. In 2010 buses scheduled to depart from certain hotels failed to meet the demand and left many runners standing in long lines until they realized the buses were no longer returning. They had to find rides and race (no pun intended) to the start. Runners were better off choosing the buses that left from other sites.
In 2009 the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon grew to 1,500 runners and by 2011 there were more than 2,500 runners from all over the country, drawn by the stunning scenery, mild fall weather, and world famous wine.
A new course was introduced in 2012 that started in downtown Geyserville, and finished in downtown Healdsburg where the post-race Wine and Music Festival was held (beer included). The course had one killer hill in the beginning and was mostly traffic free until the last couple of miles. But there were beautiful vistas with hilly vineyards and the sun shining through the mist. Many runners stopped to take pictures. Long after the race runners could be seen at the various local wineries and at the Halloween dog costume parade in the Healdsburg town square.
Overall, this race does not disappoint, and it is worth returning to year after year. So start training and planning your running costume for next year!
About the Author:
Possessing more than 25 years of executive experience in the Federal government and private industry, Caroline Krewson retired with the rank of Air Force Reserve Colonel. Ms. Krewson also earned a Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, graduating at the top of her class with the distinction of summa cum laude.