Hall will race first half-marathon near her hometown; Husband Ryan to speak at pre-race dinner Friday, Oct. 25
HEALDSBURG, Calif. – Destination Races of Sonoma announced that Sara Bei Hall is making her half-marathon debut in the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday, October 26. Sara Hall is a native of Santa Rosa and ran for Montgomery High School, winning four state cross country titles, three state track titles (1600m and 3200m) and the Footlocker National High School Cross Country Championships in 2000.
Sara Hall is a seven-time All-American from Stanford, finishing runner-up in the 5,000 and indoor 3,000 meters and 3rd in the 2003 Women’s Cross Country Championships. Sara is a three-time Olympic Trials Finalist, a Pan American Games Gold Medalist, and the 2012 US National Cross Country Champion.
Sara’s husband, U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall, will be the guest speaker at the race dinner on Friday, October 25 at Trione Winery in Geyserville. Ryan is competing as one of the favorites in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3. Ryan hold’s the Men’s U.S. record in the half marathon at 59 minutes and 43 seconds (Houston 2007). He finished 10th in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has a 3rd and two 4th place finishes in the Boston Marathon, including a 2:04:58 time in 2011, the fastest recorded marathon by an American, although not considered a record due to being wind-aided.
Produced by Destination Races of Sonoma (www.destinationraces.com/runhb), the 6th edition Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon is a wine harvest and Halloween themed race. This sold-out race will host 2,500 runners from around the country to run through the autumn-colored vineyards of the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Cash awards and large format wines go to the top three overall male and female finishers. The top three finishers in each age group will receive a bottle of wine and the top two teams of six or more wine a case of wine and winery tour.
Every participant receives a performance running shirt, unique finisher’s medal, and Riedel wine glass. Runners are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest that follows the race and precedes the race awards ceremony. The festival will feature 20 wineries and Lagunitas Brewing Company pouring for runners, family and friends.
The Race Expo will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in historic Railroad Square of Santa Rosa on Friday, October 25 from 10am to 6pm. The expo will feature packet pickup, product sampling and demonstrations, seminars, food, music, and beer and wine tasting from 2pm to 5pm. The pre-race dinner featuring Ryan Hall will be held at Trione Winery and Vineyards on Friday, October 25 from 6pm to 8pm.
The elite field also includes past top finishers of previous Wine Country Half Marathons and a few Olympic Marathon trials competitors. Entrants include Michelle Meyer, Elle Pishny and Phebe Ko from San Francisco, and Maria Rivera from Visalia, Calif.
A strong men’s field includes Mario Macias from Colorado, Chris Mocko of San Francisco, Michael Nicks from Portland, Ore. and Jesus Campos of Fresno, Calif.
“This race is special because it’s such a beautiful course and the event is a celebration of Halloween and the end of wine harvest”, said Matt Dockstader, Race Director and founder of Destination Races. “With a strong elite field and the appearances of Ryan and Sara Hall, we have the makings of a very exciting event."
Destination Races partners with a variety of national, regional and local charity and non-profit organizations. Healdsburg charities include Girls on the Run, local Sonoma County High School track and cross-country programs including Maria Carrillo HS, Healdsburg HS, and Elsie Allen HS, Kgwale le Mollo (KLM) Foundation, One Team One Fight, Team for Life-Lazarex Cancer Foundation, and Native Sons of the Golden West.
For more information, visit http://destinationraces.racemine.com/Destination-Races/events/2013/Healdsburg-Wine-Country-Half-Marathon