Healdsburg's Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday showcases a new course from Geyserville to Healdsburg.
Now in its fifth year, the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon, presented by Subaru, is sold out. However, spots still remain for the new Parkpoint Hallowine Run, which follows the final three miles of the course starting at Wilson Winery on Dry Creek Road.
Online registration is open for the Hallowine Run at www.runhealdsburg.com.
You can also register at the Race Expo, held on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa.
This year's half-marathon starts in downtown Geyserville and runs over Canyon Road, then down West Dry Creek and Dry Creek Roads into downtown Healdsburg for the finish next to Healdsburg City Hall on Grove Street.
The post-race Wine & Music Festival is held in the Healdsburg City Hall parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The festival features exhibitors, food, beer, wine tasting from 20 local vintners, a costume contest, face painting and pumpkin decoration for kids, and the Unauthorized Rolling Stones band.
Nearly 2,500 runners from 40 different states will compete in the races. In the women’s field, the favorite is Julia Stamps Mallon, one of the county's most decorated high school runners, and former All-American at Stanford University. Julia won last years race with a course record 1:17:34.
The old course ran from Francis Ford Coppola Winery to Warm Springs Recreation Area. Local Alex Wolf-Root, who finished third last year, is expected to compete for the men’s title.
The Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon is produced by Destination Races of Sonoma.
The Wine Country Half Marathon series consists of five races including Santa Barbara wine country, Northern Virginia, Napa-to-Sonoma, Oregon (Willamette Valley) and Healdsburg.
This year’s race benefits Girls of the Run of Sonoma County, Native Sons of the Golden West, and Maria Carrillo, Healdsburg, Elsie Allen, and Geyserville High School athletics programs.
For more information on the event series and Destination Races, go to www.destinationraces.com.