Napa Valley Marathon coming March 3

2013-02-14T00:00:00Z 2013-03-07T20:23:00Z Napa Valley Marathon coming March 3STAFF REPORT Napa Valley Register
February 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A sold-out field of 2,600 entrants from 16 countries, 45 U.S. states, and Washington, D.C. will gather in California’s Napa Valley for the 35th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon on Sunday, March 3.

The Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) asks each entrant to describe on their entry form their reasons for entering the race. The responses, of course, are varied. Many, however, touch upon the themes of how the challenge of a 26.2-mile race spurs marathoners to undertake charitable deeds that assist others who face adversity, or overcome personal adversities themselves.

Running USA, a non-profit organization created in 1999 to serve the running industry, observed in its 2012 “State of the Sport Report” that Running and Charity are becoming so synonymous that you almost cannot mention one without the other. While the exact number of charity runners in the United States is not available, there is no doubt that part of the increase in road race entrants over the past decade has been driven by charitable running.

St. Helena residents that will compete in the marathon include Juan Sanchez, Christine Gorelick, Judith Rowlings, Gregory Hunter, Federico Sanchez, Martin Lopez, Kevin Berofsky, Anne Cottrell, Lucy Liebert and Ahren Trumble.

Every Napa Valley Marathon participant assists important local causes. All proceeds from the Napa Valley Marathon (a non-profit organization) are donated to local charities and schools in the Napa Valley region. Numerous NVM participants, however, choose to go beyond NVM’s annual philanthropy by dedicating their race to others, often raising donations that fund the charities of their choice.

“As the largest sporting event in Napa County, our marathon comes at the right time of year,” NVM Co-Event Director David Hill commented. “It’s a quiet time in Napa Valley and for tourism. The marathon’s economic impact of $4 million over four or five days is a lot of money during the winter, or ‘Cabernet,’ season.”

“We certainly welcome runners who participate while raising money and support for additional worthwhile causes (outside of Napa Valley),” NVM Co-Event Director Rich Benyo added. “Running a marathon for a favorite charity, or for a beloved person, or group of people in need gives you more focus. It’s almost like you’re running the race with a friend out there encouraging you. We all perform better when we extend ourselves for someone else.”

Last year, Forbes Travel Guide rated NVM among the top 10 marathons in the world “worth traveling for.” Runner’s World magazine selected NVM as one of the top 10 U.S. marathons for first-time marathon participants in its January, 2011 issue. American Express’ Departures magazine declared the NVM as No. 7 in its “ten travel-worthy races that make for truly memorable journeys on the run.”

Historically, a remarkable 30 percent of NVM’s 2,600 entrants are first-time marathoners. NVM’s fast, point-to-point, USA Track & Field certified (for accurate distance) marathon course through the scenic Napa Valley has attracted numerous devotees.

For more information about the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon, visit the marathon’s web site at

The Napa Valley Marathon appreciates sponsor support from Kaiser Permanente/Thrive, Gatorade, ASICS, Silverado Trail Wineries Association, Marathon & Beyond, Visit Napa Valley, Napa County California, Road Runners Club of America, USA Track & Field, MarathonFoto, Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, GU, CBS 5 and The CW, XFINITY, Napa Valley Register, KVYN/99.3 The Vine, KVON 1440 AM, Napa Running Company, KCBS 740 AM, Arrowhead Water, Wallaby Organic, Running USA, Hurley’s Restaurant, Southgate Mini Storage, Napa Smith Brewery.

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