I am a bit late in getting this Santa Rosa Half Marathon 2015 Recap out as the race was an entire week and a day ago. On my behalf, I have a great excuse. For those of you that are not familiar with this area, Santa Rosa is located in Sonoma County, California a.k.a. wine country. Therefore, after the race, my husband, cousin, and her husband spent a week on a race-recovery-winery excursion. Details of that will be my next post. But first…….
SANTA ROSA HALF MARATHON
August 23, 2015
The Santa Rosa Half Marathon is one of my favorite half marathons and the only one that I have run 3 times, aside from RnR Las Vegas Half Marathon (I do love me some Vegas). Santa Rosa is approximately 500 miles from where I live. We have taken the drive up there before but lately we’ve been flying.
My cousins flew in from Ohio and we all stayed a night in Los Angeles. We decided to have them soak in a bit of L.A. night life by taking them into West Hollywood so we cabbed it on over to The Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Strip. What a blast! I love that area of L.A. where so many great bands started …The Whiskey A Go- Go, Roxy Theatre, The Viper Room…it’s a great vibe.
Next morning, we got up and flew into The Santa Rosa Airport. Once in Santa Rosa, we drove our rental car straight to the expo.
The Santa Rosa Marathon and Half Marathon Race Expo
The Santa Rosa Marathon and Half Marathon Race Expo is held at DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa. Here we got to pick up our bibs (racing chip attached), our hooded jackets, AND our bottle of Runner’s Red DeLoach Wine. This race is very generous with their race goodies.
After we enjoyed the expo for a bit, we checked into our hotel and then we ventured downtown to check out our pre-race dinner options. We ended up at Flavor Bistro and were definitely not disappointed. We all enjoyed our pasta dinners very much and will be back there for sure next year!
The Santa Rosa Marathon and Half Marathon
The great thing about staying at the host hotel, close hotel, is being able to walk right to the start line just minutes before the race starts. My husband ran the full marathon so he took off an hour before the rest of us.
- The full marathon started at 6:00 a.m.
- The half marathon started at 7:00 a.m.
Here is a description of the full race course from their website:
“The Santa Rosa Marathon is a newly designed out and back course that starts in Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa. The first 2 miles run through scenic Downtown Santa Rosa. It is a flat, fast Boston Qualified course that then continues along the scenic Prince Memorial Greenway. Mile 8 – 19 then goes through beautiful West Sonoma County and runs through De Loach Vineyards and even their barrel room!
The half marathon starts at the same location and completes one loop. The first 2 miles run through Downtown Santa Rosa and end after running the Prince Memorial Greenway and back to Juilliard Park.”
I love that this race only has about 1500 runners in each the full and half. I have gotten so used to running huge races, that it’s sure nice to run on this scenic, uncrowded trail every year.
Also, the weather up there offers cooler mornings and evenings than where I live. After the heat we’ve been having here, the cooler air was certainly welcome…especially while racing!
This race is very popular for those marathon runners trying to make it to Boston. In fact, it was where my husband got his best qualifying time last year and he did qualify again here this year. Marathoners also get awesome medals here…so do us half marathoners, theirs is just larger!
I did not PR this year but I did make it in under 2 hours which is always my goal….keeping it under 2:00 even if it was a 1:59!! My cousin and her husband both PRd by quite a lot and have already decided to come back to run it with us next year.
In fact, with coaxing from my husband, her and I may even make it our first full marathon. We’ll see if we really go through with this plan…we have time to think about it 🙂
After the race we spent some time in downtown Santa Rosa and enjoyed our post-race meal. The next day, we left Santa Rosa and moved over to Sonoma for a few more days of fun. We usually try to make all travel races a fun, vacation-like experience, especially since my cousin came all the way out from Ohio. This section of our wine country visit will be my next post 🙂
Have you ever run this race?
What is one of your favorite races and why?