More About Santa Rosa, California

Located an hour north of San Francisco, in the North Bay region, Santa Rosa is easy to get to by car, train, or air, and features a wide range of accommodation options for every budget.

In addition to being known for its stunning beauty, acres of vineyards, redwood trees and coastal escapes, Santa Rosa and Sonoma County offer world-class beer, wine and culinary experiences.


The Santa Rosa Marathon and Half Marathon were first run in 2009. That year, race organizers weren’t sure they’d have enough participants to hold the event. Ten years later, the Santa Rosa Marathon weekend is the largest sporting event held in Sonoma County, attracting 6,000+ runners from all 50 states and 14 countries.

The Course

The flat and FAST Marathon and Half Marathon courses run through downtown Santa Rosa and along the Santa Rosa Creek trail. The Marathon course also extends into West Sonoma County passing numerous scenic vineyards and running through the barrel room of DeLoach Winery.

The Marathon course is U.S. Track and Field-sanctioned and certified, and the event is a qualifier race for the Boston Marathon.

Download Marathon Race Course Map

Download Half Marathon Race Course Map

5K and 10K Races

Runners seeking a shorter distance have the opportunity to participate in our 5K and 10K races that run through downtown Santa Rosa. The 5K and 10K races are perfect events for families, newer runners, and those just looking for a great way to spend a sunny wine country morning out and about.

Download 5k Race Course Map

Download 10k Race Course Map

Come for the Run, Stay for the Weekend

In addition to the races, the fun-filled weekend events make the Santa Rosa Marathon a true destination running experience. Past events have included a Health and Fitness Expo, a Beer Festival, a Wine Dinner, and a Post Race Festival with free beer, pancakes, and dozens of vendors. The Santa Rosa Marathon was also named by Competitor Magazine for having the best swag for runners, including commemorative apparel and double spinner medals.

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Celebrating 10 Years

In 2018 the Santa Rosa Marathon Weekend will celebrate its 10th anniversary. We’re planning to mark the occasion with special limited-edition double spinner medals, race swag and a bottle of wine for every Marathon and Half Marathon finisher.

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in this rewarding and fun wine country running event! Mark your calendar for the last week in August.