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Santa Rosa Marathon

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Distance Marathon

Date 29 Aug 2020

About Santa Rosa Marathon

The largest city in Northern California’s wine growing region opens up the pathways along its Santa Rosa Creek and Prince Memorial Greenway park areas for the Santa Rosa Marathon which marks its annual running in the late summer.

The Santa Rosa Marathon is a newly designed out and back course that starts in Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa. The first 2 miles run through scenic Downtown Santa Rosa. Boston Qualified course that then continues along the scenic Prince Memorial Greenway. Mile 8 – 19 then goes through beautiful West Sonoma County and runs through De Loach Vineyards and even their barrel room!

Open to both runners and walkers, the race features plenty of sights that make for a memorable run, from the trestle bridges runners cross over the creek to the vineyards and farm fields filled with rows of corn along the race route.

Most of the race takes runners just west of the city’s downtown along the paved, natural surface and gravel pathways that parallel the meandering Santa Rosa Creek, much of which has undergone restoration efforts in recent years to reintroduce more natural environments and habitat for the native species of fish and birds that once thrived there, but had long since migrated elsewhere as the creekbed was paved over and became a haven for homeless encampments and vandals.

The primary goal of the Santa Rosa based True Grit Running is to promote and stage a quality, flat, fast, accurate, and festive half and full marathon to be enjoyed by our community, spectators, and all the participants, including walkers, recreational, beginner and competitive runners as they start and finish in picturesque Juilliard Park after looping the entire length of the scenic Santa Rosa Creek Greenway.

Distances

Marathon

  • 42.195km

Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

10K

  • 10km

5K

  • 5km

Practicalities

Aid Stations

Aid stations are strategically positioned along the full and half marathon course, approximately every 2 miles. Fuel at stations will be gatorade, water and at selected stations: GU gels, pretzels, banana and oranges.

Maximum Time

All marathon and half marathon runners should only participate if they are confident that they can finish the race in seven hours or less.

Start:

Juilliard Park.

Santa Rosa,us

Finish:

Juilliard Park

Santa Rosa,us

Difficulty

flat

Highlights

Starting in the 1980s, groups of concerned citizens in Santa Rosa began turning their attention and their fundraising efforts toward the creek, and since then many areas have opened up once again with trees and parkland, as well as paved pathways for running, walking, hiking and biking along the creek, which extends out west from Santa Rosa’s downtown district, and even passes by its City Hall building, which lies just a couple of blocks north of the race starting line, in Julliard Park.

Known for its gorgeous green grassy lawns and its plentiful oak and redwood trees, the park bears the namesake of “that” Julliard — yes, the family whose son August founded the famous Julliard School of Music in New York City.

The land for the park was donated by Frederic Julliard (August’s nephew) in 1931, after he moved from California to New York, and today the park is famous also for its contribution to the arts in the local area, as it hosts the city’s annual Live at Julliard summer concert series.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.