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By Mark Winitz - NAPA, Calif.—March 3, 2019—Approximately 4,000 eager competitors lined up at the start of the 41st annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) and inaugural Half Marathon under mild temperatures in the upper 40s that rose into the 50s mid race. In the traditional 26.2-mile full marathon race that traverses the length of the scenic Napa Valley wine producing region, Sam Long, 23, of Boulder, Colo. and Liza Reichert, 31, of Los Altos Hills, Calif. secured the overall victories. Chandler Kemp, 29, (Stanford, Calif.) and Samantha Diaz, 27, (Jackson, Wyo.) emerged as champions of the accompanying 13.1-mile half marathon event.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:06

2019 KP Napa Valley Marathon Entrant Stories

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 by Mark Winitz, NAPA, Calif. — February 19, 2019 — A field of determined entrants from 21 countries, 47 U.S. states, and Washington, D.C. will gather in California’s Napa Valley for the 41st Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, March 3, 2019. There is also a 5K race sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Napa. The Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) asks each entrant to describe on their entry form their reasons for entering the race. Among the varied responses each year, many illustrate how the challenges of a 26.2-mile race spurs marathoners to undertake charitable deeds that assist others who face adversity, or to overcome personal adversities themselves. A high percentage of respondents also cited the reputation of NVM as one of the best organized marathons in the U.S., and the allure of the picturesque Napa Valley wine growing region, as primary reasons for entering the race.

Swiss record holder Tadesse Abraham will run his next marathon in Austria. Organisers of the Vienna City Marathon confirmed the start of the 36 year-old who holds a personal best of 2:06:40 and was runner-up in the European Championships’ marathon in Berlin last summer. Returning to Vienna will be the winner of the race from 2016, Robert Chemosin. Kenneth Keter is another Kenyan who can challenge Tadesse Abraham in the Austrian capital. Including running events at shorter distances staged parallel to the marathon organisers expect more than 40,000 athletes for the 36th edition of the Vienna City Marathon. Entries for this IAAF Gold Label Road Race - the highest category in international road running - are still accepted online at:

World record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei runs marathon debut in Hamburg - World half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will run her debut at the full distance in Hamburg on 28 April this year. This was announced by the organisers of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg today. The marathon debut of the 25 year-old Kenyan is one eagerly awaited in international road running. Organisers also confirmed that Abel Kirui will compete on the fast course in Hamburg. The Kenyan has won two World Championship gold medals and an Olympic silver. He intends to attack Eliud Kipchoge’s course record on 28 April. Online entry for Germany’s biggest spring marathon is still possible at:

Sponsored by Morris & Garritano, the corporate challenge promotes employee wellness and team-building skills - SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (Feb 11, 2019) – Our region's largest community fitness festival, produced by the Central Coast's endurance sport leader Race SLO, is slated for the weekend of April 26 – 28 at the Madonna Meadows in San Luis Obispo. Runners, walkers and fit fans of all ages and levels are welcome to join one of the six weekend events. New to the expanding line up this year is the inaugural YogaMusic Fest Friday night and Sunday Corporate Relay Team Half Marathon Challenge. Also new this year will be on-site childcare provided by Race Rugrats.

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