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Santa Rosa Marathon 2015

Runners: A trip to Sonoma County can offer you more than just a relaxing, amazing Wine Country experience; add in a world-class running event — the annual Santa Rosa Marathon. The wine and spas will be there after you cross the finish line.

The yearly Santa Rosa Marathon has something for everyone:

  • With a full marathon that’s a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, it’s a favorite among top racers.
  • Its half-marathon appeals to runners who want a good challenge or are training to run a full marathon.
  • Its 5K race is a major hit with all other runners.
  • And, not least, the accompanying afternoon Beer Festival is a major crowd pleaser not only with runners and their cheering friends or relatives, but with anyone else who wants to join in.

Full Marathon: The full marathon starts at 6 a.m. on South A Street at Fire Hydrant #54, adjacent to Santa Rosa’s Juilliard Park.

The course winds through downtown for 2.5 miles, and then along Prince Memorial Greenway, which edges Santa Rosa Creek, for 5.5 miles.

After this comes a 12-mile paved loop through rural Sonoma County. At mile 10 marathoners run through DeLoach Vineyard and Winery grounds — right through one of the barrel and fermenting rooms, in fact.

At mile 20.3 the race enters the northern Greenway path and returns to the finish line. Registration Fee: $155. Register Online.. Download the Full Marathon map.

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Half Marathon: The half marathon starts at 7 a.m. on South A Street at Fire Hydrant #54, adjacent to Santa Rosa’s Juilliard Park.

It winds through downtown, and then heads out and back along the bucolic Prince Memorial Greenway. Registration Fee: $140. Download the map. Download the Half Marathon map.

5K Race: The 5K race starts at 8 a.m. on South A Street at Fire Hydrant #54, adjacent to Santa Rosa’s Juilliard Park, and runs through downtown Santa Rosa. Registration Fee: Adult: $50/Child 16 and under: $30. Register Online. Download the 5K Map.

The 2015 Ready, Set, Growl Beer Festival (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) at Juilliard Park features more than 40 breweries this year. Aside from unlimited brewery tastes and delicious food samples from Sonoma County vendors, all-festival paid ticket holders will get a custom T-shirt and a 32-ounce customized growler (a cool beer jug), You can see the lineup of breweries here.

In advance of the race — on Friday, Aug. 21 (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 22 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) — you can also attend the related free Health & Fitness Expo. It highlights national and local vendors and running-related organizations. The location: DeLoach Vineyards (1791 Olivet Rd., Santa Rosa 95401.

What You Need to Know
: Santa Rosa Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Race
When: Aug. 23, 2015; starting times at 6-8 a.m., depending on race.
Where: On South A Street at Fire Hydrant #54, adjacent to Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa.
Parking: Download the Santa Rosa parking brochure to learn where to park.

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