Spring is just around the corner and many of you are in the midst of training for your next marathon. While most of you are aware of the big marathons that hit cities all across the country, and indeed the world, you might not be so familiar with some of the more obscure marathons that take place off the beaten track.
So today, we’re taking you on a tour of some of the marathons coming up in March that happen across our beautiful state of California, where we call home.
Napa Valley Marathon
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The Napa Valley Marathon is in its 37th year and draws a crowd of 3,000 runners. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Napa Valley wine country as you make your way from Calistoga to St. Helena, past Lake Hennessey and Rutherford and Oakville, to Yountville into Napa itself.
This is a great course for beginners, as well as seasoned marathoners, with moderate elevation and hills during the first six miles. Starting at an elevation of 365’, the course flattens out and progresses downhill to the finish line in Napa at 80’ above sea level.
For more information, please visit Napa Valley Marathon.
Romancing the Island
Angel Island State Park, California
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Quite possibly one of the most picturesque marathons in California, this race takes you around Angel Island where you can enjoy panoramic views of San Francisco in all its glory.
Access to Angel Island is by the Tiburon ferry, so bring the whole family and plan on staying a few days. Campsites are available and there are lots of activities like scuba diving, swimming, fishing and surfing.
This hilly course loops around the island once for a 12K marathon and twice for the 25K, and is limited to 400 people. For more information, visit Romancing the Island.
Run Catalina Island
Saturday, March 14, 2015
A much more challenging marathon with many peaks and valleys, this race takes you through some rugged terrain and beautiful countryside with lots of wildlife, including buffalo.
To get to the island, you have your choice of chartered boat or helicopter (a more expensive option). Why not make a holiday of it and plan to stay for a couple of days.
For more information, please visit Run Catalina Island.
Griffith Park Trail Marathon
Los Angeles, California
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Home to the Griffith Observatory and a favorite spot for film crews, Griffith Park is set at the eastern side of the Santa Monica Mountains. Only in its second year, the Griffith Park Trail Marathon follows a rugged terrain through the park with breath-taking vistas of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills.
The trail is described as a fast course with challenging hills and 14 miles of flat land where you can open up the throttle and pick up speed.
To preserve the beauty of the park and its wildlife, this race is limited to 400 runners. For more information, visit Griffith Park Trail Marathon.
These are but a few of the marathons that take place in California each year. We hope you’ll check them out and let us know what you think. In the meantime, remember: Have bag will travel! If you’re planning on staying overnight at one of these beautiful locales, check out one of our many duffel bags. You can also check out our sporty range of backpacks and meal management bags. You’ll be amazed at how much these babies can hold.
To get a full list of marathons happening around the U.S., check out this marathon guide.
The Fitmark Team