Salinas Valley Half Marathon
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
My goal was to run the Bay to Breakers this next weekend- but I ran into a conflict(My sister is graduating from College) & couldn't run it so I've committed myself to the Salinas Valley Half Marathon...I'm excited & looking forward to this....Below is the info if anyone in the area is interested as well.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Start & Finish
Race-Day Registration Opens: 6:30 AM
Race Start Time: 8:00 AM
Start Location: Soledad Mission, 36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad, CA
Finish/Expo Location: Pessagno Winery, 1645 River Road, Salinas, CA
Awards Ceremony: 11:00 AM
The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established in 1791 as the 13th Alta California mission, located in the heart of the Salinas Valley, made famous by John Steinbeck in his novel East of Eden. (More about the Soledad Mission: Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau—Soledad Mission). The course takes runners and walkers slightly south from the Mission, then west toward the Santa Lucia mountains—well known for the vineyards of wine grapes used to produce award-winning pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah—before turning north along the base of the mountain range and winding over gently rolling hills to the west of the Salinas River.
On this extremely scenic course, runners and walkers will breathe the cool, coastal air from the Monterey Bay as they pass fields of verdant row crops and vineyards, before crossing an idyllic finish line among the vines at Pessagno Winery.
Runners and walkers start at the Soledad Mission at 36641 Ft. Romie Rd. and head south for about 1 mile before turning west on Private Road 2 toward the Santa Lucia mountains. At mile 2.4, runners and walkers turn onto Foothill/River Rd. and proceed north along the base of the mountains to Pessagno. You may download the course map here.
The course is USATF Certified (certification # CA10002TK).
Parking & Busing
Parking will be available race day at and around Soledad High School, from where participants will be bused to the starting line and spectators will be bused to the finish at no cost. Buses will leave the school (a 10 minute ride to the Mission) beginning at 6:15 AM, and the last bus will leave for the starting line at 7:00 AM. There is no available parking at the starting line area. After the race, participants and spectators will be bused back to the school from the finish/expo at Pessagno Winery.
Roads right around the Mission will be closed to traffic race morning, and those that are open may be restricted. Participants that are dropped off near the Mission should expect to walk some distance to the start. While the race is in progress until 12:00 PM, Pessagno Winery will only be accessible by River Road from the north, and parking at Pessagno will be limited. Sweats will be transported from the Soledad Mission start to the finish at Pessagno Winery.
Runners and walkers may choose to have their bib mailed or to pick it up at the starting line area on race day. Goodie bags and t-shirts will be available to all registered participants after the race at the expo.