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Napa Valley, a rural marathon

Napa-Valley.jpgThis year’s Napa Valley Marathon is going to be held on March 7th. It has an excellent course for beginning marathoners. The course begins in Calistoga and runs the length of the famed Napa Valley wine-growing region. The first 6 miles are rolling hills and the course is relatively flat thereafter.

Dedicated to fostering and promoting quality road racing, the Napa Valley Marathon is known as the “Biggest Little Marathon in the West”. In its January ’02 issue, Runner’s World Magazine named the marathon one of the Top 20 Marathons in the United States. Also Competitor Magazine, named it the Best Rural Marathon in America, in its January ’05 issue.

The race is limited to 2300 people and each participant assists important local causes. Also, the first male and female finishers win their weight in wine! All proceeds from the Napa Valley Marathon (a non-profit organization) are donated to local charities and schools in the Napa Valley region. For further information, check out the Napa Valley Marathon website.

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