As it rumbles into its eighth year, the Santa Rosa Marathon will feature a few upgrades in 2016, including 5K and 10K alternatives. The course, meanwhile, will be just as beautiful as ever: as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, it will wind through downtown, West Sonoma County, and even cut through DeLoach Vineyards. But running won't be the only activity on tap during marathon weekend. Here are a few other events scheduled to occur in conjunction with the race:
Post-Race Festival: Located in Juilliard Park near the start/finish lines, this annual party will include a free pancake breakfast for all the runners, a beer and wine garden, a farmer's market, and a bunch of kid-friendly attractions.
Ready, Set, Growl Beer Festival: Craft breweries from all over the country are set to attend this marathon-weekend event, which will once again showcase a lineup of rare, out-of-state beers.
Health and Fitness Expo: Located at DeLoach Vineyards, this expo is free and open to the public. It will feature national and local vendors and running-related organizations, plus interactive demos and free product samples.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Kaia FIT
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Zombie Run and Health Fair
Q&A with Kirsten, Manager
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Living in a community means supporting one another. Health and fitness are our passions. Our hospital closed, but we can work together in a healthy way to reopen our hospital.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Staff members have American Council in Exercise Personal Trainer Certifications, Kaia FIT Coach Certifications, and CPR and AED Certifications.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Walk or run and drink lots of water daily. On the evening of the event, wear reflective clothing, glow bracelets or necklaces, and a flash light or head lamp. We will be running at sunset, so be safe and be prepared.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
After making their purchase, participants must register on Active.com.
If you're looking for a way to switch up your tired routine, Santa Rosa's MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass is the place for you.
With one of these Zumba classes, you can dance your way to your fitness goals and get your sweat on.
Keep your figure in check with the available aerobics classes.
Elevate your physique through their terrific circuit training.
Dive into a deeper stretch when you ramp up the heat at MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass — hot yoga provides the perfect temperature to get your muscles going.
Right this way for an unforgettable cross fit experience.
Increase your body's overall strength and stamina with a high-intensity spinning class.
Don't forget to ask about the personal trainers who will work to find a fitness schedule and routine that works for you.
Punch and kick away your stress and anger during one of these kickboxing classes.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass is sure to be a fun experience for the whole family!
Founded by Lisa Druxman after the birth of her son, Stroller Strides was Lisa's answer to an eternal maternal question: How do I squeeze fitness into a day packed with childcare? The program's three fitness programs provide solutions, striving to help moms to maintain and build fitness from pregnancy onward. All participants at Stroller Strides can join the complimentary Plum Moms Club for more activities with their child, moms' nights out, and play dates for little ones, giving their invisible friends a welcome time to nap. The program helps to build moms' health and the bond with their children at more than 1,200 locations in the United States, as well as centers in Japan and Puerto Rico.
Students should bring: Water, towel, jump rope, and a yoga mat if you have one, or use ours
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Kaia FIT Rohnert Park is for women of all ages and all fitness levels.
Mixing wine and running might sound like a recipe for spills. But The Ultimate Wine Run proves the two pursuits actually mesh nicely, if you know what you're doing. Runners don't actually sip while on the move, of course. Instead, they're rewarded with a glass at the finish line—that is, after they weave through a picturesque course in creative costumes such as a '50s sock hop guest.
The fun doesn't stop at the finish. A post-race party features live music, dancing, a mechanical bull, and a rock-climbing wall, plus food trucks and plenty of wine. A portion of the event's proceeds go toward Achieving My Dreams Foundation, a scholarship fund for promising college-bound students in need of financial assistance.