VINEMAN 70.3 A must-do classic held in the heart of California's Sonoma Valley
The IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman triathlon will remain on July 10, 2016 and feature a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run, and will be a qualifying event for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Professional athletes will compete for a total prize purse of $50,000 USD. The point-to-point event begins at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville and takes athletes past hundreds of vineyards and dozens of wineries before it finishes at Windsor High School in Windsor. The course is a tour of Sonoma County's beautiful wine country, passing through four different grape growing regions: the Russian River Region, the Dry Creek Valley, the Alexander Valley, and Chalk Hill.
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You can't have your cake and eat it (too) is a popular English idiomatic proverb or figure of speech. The proverb literally means "you cannot both possess your cake and eat it". Once the cake is eaten, it is gone. The proverb's meaning is similar to the phrases "you can't have it both ways" and "you can't have the best of both worlds." HOWEVER, I have good news! In wine country, you will not only have your cake and be able to eat it, but you will race through WINE COUNTRY towards a finish line full of the the most delicious blends of wines your palate and heart can desire!
In 2011 I ran the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. It was one of many destination half/full marathons I have participated in, but definitely the most breath taking. Not only was the course full of desktop screensavers, but the weekend itself provided many oppertunities to explore & taste WINE COUNTRY !
Napa-to-Sonoma is the flagship event in the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. This popular race features a fast and scenic course starting at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishing in historic Sonoma Plaza in front of City Hall. The world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys serve as the host of this event, offering the finest in wine country ambience and hospitality
That was just a 13.1 mile course, I can't imagine how much more beauty can be stuffed into a 70.3 mile course. SOOOOO, I think it's safe to say, No More WINE-ing, lets get out an train for this race that is in the middle of the the summer (July 10th), with amazing weather, that will definitely be the change of scenery our triathlon relationship needs to spark the flames that initally got us hooked on this sport.
It's time to #SWIMBIKERUNWINE
Location: Windsor California
Temperature: 74 degrees F
Course info: Scenic course, with rolling hills, and spectacualr views/ More coming soon.
For those traveling by Air, here is some information to keep in mind:
Those traveling by air can fly into the following airports:
Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa (two miles from Windsor High School (location of T2, expo and finish line) The Sonoma County Airport is serviced by Alaska Air which has direct flights from Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as connecting service from other parts of the U.S.
Oakland International Airport (77 miles from Windsor and Windsor High School)
San Francisco International Airport (77 miles from Windsor and Windsor High School)
Other airport options, though a bit farther away, would be Sacramento International Airport (SMF) which is approximately 115 miles from Windsor, and San Jose International Airport (SJC) which is 105 miles from Windsor.
Interested in Camping for the Race out in CALI?...WHY NOT?!
For those looking for camping options in the area, go to: http://www.russianrivertravel.com/campingrvs.htm
Just a reminder that the finish line/T2 and packet pickup are in Windsor and the closest towns are Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. The swim start is in Guerneville and the closest towns are Forestville and Monte Rio. (Originally from: source)
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One of the prettiest and most popular races on the circuit, IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman offers a unique blend of pinot and PR's.
Staged in and around the Sonoma County communities of Guerneville, Windsor, and Healdsburg, IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman draws not only triathletes, but their wine- and food-loving support crews back every year. The event is a ticket into the heart of the world-famous wine regions of the Napa and Sonoma valleys, and once you're there, you won't want to leave. There are bed and breakfast and boutique hotel options to suit every budget, as well as thousands of wineries, craft breweries, and farm-to-table restaurants for post-race celebrations. The race also offers a springboard for vacation itineraries including the Bay Area, Santa Cruz mountains, and redwood forests. The split transition race begins at Johnson's Beach, nestled in the redwoods of the town of Guerneville. The 1.2 mile out and back swim takes place in calm, misty Russian River—shallow enough to stand up for a break if needed. Athletes will transition to their bikes, setting out on the 56-mile course featuring gentle rollers (and one tough climb) that wind through vineyards and quaint towns. The town of Windsor hosts transition two, where athletes will begin a challenging half-marathon that takes them through La Crema Winery. The finish line at Windsor High School is always packed with locals and spectators and a festive post-race atmosphere. The course is a tour of Sonoma County's beautiful wine country, passing through four different grape growing regions: Russian River Valley Region, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Chalk Hill.2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman offers 50 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.