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Friday, 25 March 2016 16:46

Big Sur Marathon Offers New Race Series

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From crashing waves to verdant vineyards, a new race series has come to Monterey County. "Wave to Wine" is a three race challenge selected from the Big Sur Marathon organizations's family of events. 
Special Waves to Wine Challenge medals will be presented to all those who finish both the newly-acquired Salinas Valley Half Marathon on August 6 and the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay on November 13, and either one of the April Big Sur Marathon events (9-Miler distance or greater), or the Run in the Name of Love 5K race held on Father’s Day, June 19.
“We feel our four events are some of the most beautiful in the country,” said Doug Thurston, Executive Director of the Big Sur Marathon organization.  “More and more runners like the extra challenge, rewards and bragging rights of completing a race series.”
Runners who complete all three races will receive a special Waves to Wine medallion and be entered into a drawing for prizes from key Big Sur sponsors ASICS, GU, DOLE, Gatorade, Marathon Foto and others. These will be presented at the final series event, the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay on November 13. In addition, performance awards will go the top three male and female finishers with the fastest average age-graded times for all the races they finish.
There is no extra fee or registration required to be part of the Waves to Wine Challenge. Simply finishing the series events makes one eligible for the extra bling and entry into drawings for other prices. During online registration for each race, runners can indicate they’re taking part in the Challenge and the Big Sur events registrar will keep track of eligible finishers throughout the year.
For more information on the Waves to Wine Challenge visit

SAN DIEGO (March 13, 2016) – Sean Barrett won the 5th annual San Diego Half Marathon topping the men’s leaderboard with a time of 1:09:39 and Bonnie Keating leading the women’s board with a time of 1:19:28. A complete list of winners, including Relay, 5K and Handcycle Half, can be found here

San Jose, Calif. -- 3/1/16 – The San Jose 408k “Race to the Row” Benefitting the Pat Tillman Foundation celebrates its 5th annual running this Sunday, March 6th.  From start to finish, the 8k run/walk has quickly become the most authentically local running events in the area.

(PHOTO:Second Star Wars Half Marathon victory for Arciniaga; Fellow Olympics hopeful Annie Bersagel is female winner; Event was first of four runDisney events at Disneyland Resort this year; More than 30,000 runners started races during the four-day event weekend )  - (Jan. 17, 2016) The Force is strong with Nick Arciniaga, 32, once again as he repeats as the winner in the Star Wars Half Marathon presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at Disneyland Resort Sunday. After winning the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon in 2015, the Fountain Valley, Calif., native followed up with second straight victory in a record-setting time of 1:05:49.

7th edition set for Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 on America’s Riviera at The World’s Most Beautiful Finish Line; register today at - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (November 19, 2015) – The Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon 2015 was held on a spectacular fall Saturday morning, November 7, and at the 6th edition on America’s Riviera, 2,500-plus runners in the Half Marathon or Half Marathon Relay started for the first time on the beautiful UC-Santa Barbara campus and ran on closed Ward Memorial Route 217 with incredible ocean and mountain views before heading toward “The World’s Most Beautiful Finish Line” on Santa Barbara’s world famous waterfront. The annual community event is the largest running event in Santa Barbara.

Under “Villain Free Skies,” Manuel Lemus wins his first-ever US marathon; Alex de la Huerta defends her title as the top female finisher - ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2015) – Pedro Manuel Lemus Reyes of Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico, won this year’s Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon on Sunday, blazing through a field of more than 13,500 registered runners, Manuel smashed last year’s half-marathon time by over three minutes.

WHAT:  Thousands of Southern California runners are among the approximately 28,000 entrants from across the United States and beyond assembling for the second annual AvengersSuper Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort this weekend. The super hero-themed race weekend involves kid races, a 5K, a half marathon and new this year, the Captain America 10K and the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge. Runners who complete both the half marathon and the 10K will earn the new and coveted Infinity Gauntlet Challenge medal, in addition to the half marathon and 10K medals.

Popular Bucket List Event Expects Another Record Sellout - November 10, 2015 – Sonoma, CA – Thousands of runners and wine enthusiasts are sure to be poised and logged onto on their computers, iPads, and smartphones at 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, November 11th. When the clock strikes noon in California, registration opens to the general public for the flagship event in the Wine Country Half Marathon Series, produced by Destination Races and Presented by Newton Running. The Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, created in 2004, has evolved into a “best in class” bucket list event with a near cult-like following, with expectations of a sell out in record time on Wednesday.

Runners in groups of six or more have already been able to register for the Team drawing prior to individual race registration. Team sign up closes on Monday November 9th at midnight PST and the drawing will be held the following day. Any teams not chosen in the drawing can still register as individuals on Wednesday.  The GunBunFunRun 5K will also open for registration on November 11th. The half marathon is limited to 3,600 participants, while the 5K is capped at 400 participants.  Destination Races also offers a VIP package with additional amenities, and an Estate VIP entry with hotel included is offered by Marathon Tours. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is the national charity partner of Napa-to-Sonoma. Their fundraising program, Team Challenge, receives over 600 entries in the race and offers training and travel support.

Last year’s event sold out in slightly over an hour, despite slow registration page loading times due to a breakdown with the credit card processing system though imATHLETE, the registration platform provider.  imATHLETE has taken steps to improve site traffic capabilities and expects a smooth process this year. Meanwhile, Destination Races and its founder Matt Dockstader prepare for another exciting and sometimes stressful day next Wednesday. “We want our customers experience to be seamless and we hope they all get in, although we know that’s not realistic”. “That’s why we offer the early team registration opportunity and a 2nd chance drawing registration that opens the as soon as individual registration sells out”, added Dockstader.

Runners from all over the country and beyond come for the wine themed activities, including the post-race Wine & Music Festival in Sonoma Plaza, the Welcome Reception at Cuvaison Estate and the extravagant farm to plate Race Dinner, to be held at Ramekins in Sonoma in 2016. The new Events Center “Barn” at Cornerstone Sonoma will host a non-traditional expo, featuring elaborately landscaped gardens, shops, restaurant, educational seminars and wine tasting. The course, which starts at starts at Cuvaison Carneros Winery in Napa, threads its way through the Carneros wine appellation, taking runners down Broadway St. towards City Hall and Sonoma Plaza for the post-race festivities. As a reward for their efforts, participants receive a logo wine glass good for tastings from two-dozen featured wineries, in Wine + Music Festival in the Sonoma Plaza.

The course is one of the fastest and most scenic in the Wine Country Half Marathon Series, which encompasses eight events in North America.  It attracts top professionals and masters runners, in addition to many first-time half marathoners. The Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon is responsible for raising nearly $30 million since its inception for its charity partners, schools and other non-profit organizations over the years.

About Destination Races

Destination Races, based in Sonoma, California, is the pioneer producer of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Founded in 2004, the Wine Country Half Marathon Series consists of eight races across prestigious wine regions in North America. Offering unforgettable experiences on and off the course, including the popular post race wine and music festival, runners travel far and wide for these boutique destination races. The race series attracts elite runners as well as food and wine enthusiasts who share their common bond of running and celebration. The Wine Country Half Marathon Series has limited fields in each event to ensure the participants and their guests can enjoy all the race weekends have to offer, including exclusive winery tours, plus receptions and dinners featuring the local bounty at esteemed wineries and other unique venues.

Current races include – Santa BarbaraNorthern VirginiaNapa-to-SonomaOregon (Willamette Valley)Kelowna, B.C.Woodinville, WAHealdsburg, and Temecula Valley, CA.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:46

Goucher, Barno Take Big Sur Half Marathon Titles

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Two-time U.S. Olympian Kara Goucher and Kenyan Elisha Barno pulled away from deep fields to record the second-best race times ever and capture the overall titles ahead of nearly 7,000 runners at the 13th Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay. Both athletes, first-timers on the scenic course through downtown Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, proved they didn’t need experience on the mostly-flat route as both distanced their peers in the last five miles. 

A $20,000 purse of prize money and bonuses, the largest for a half marathon in the western U.S., was distributed among the top eight male and female runners and top three masters runners along with bonuses for the top three American finishers and any U.S. runner who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials at the race.

Lenore Moreno wins her first half marathon ever running her first runDisney race; George Clooney and more than 32,000 runners create busy Mother’s Day Weekend at Disneyland Resort - ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 10, 2015) – Pixie power and persistence pushed Lenore Moreno to smash a race record by almost 9 minutes in the fourth Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at Disneyland Resort.  Looking much like a pixie herself, the five-foot, 24-year-old West Covina, Calif. resident flew by her competition, finishing in one hour, 15 minutes, 55 seconds. The former race record was 1:24:11.  She was also nearly nine minutes ahead of second-place finisher Ann Mazur of Charlottesville, VA (1:24:10). Anne-Marie Nuno of Irvine, Calif. came in third (1:24:21).