Begins at 6:00 am at Fire Hydrant #54 on South A Street alongside oak studded Juilliard Park.
Mile 1 to mile 2.5:
Flat and Fast. Weaves across wide paved streets through the heart of downtown Santa Rosa, which gives runners plenty of time to settle into their pace and position before entering the narrower pathway on the Prince Memorial Greenway, alongside the Santa Rosa Creek. There will be an aid station and porta-potty's at mile #1.
Mile 2.5 to mile 6.5:
Flat and Fast. The course follows a few minor bends and curves alongside the creek on the paved Greenway path. There are 10 feet of elevation change at two street underpasses. This same portion of the race will be repeated on the return trip at miles 23 to finish line. First aid station and bathrooms at mile 3.2, mile 5, and mile 6.3. The same stations will be used at miles 22.5, 24 and 25.
Mile 6.5 to Mile 8.5:
Fast, flat and incredibly scenic: Follows a bend on the paved trail and then a mile and ½ straight shot along the creek. In this section which will also be part of the return route (mile 20.5 to mile 22.5) the runners will pass over three picturesque rustic trestle bridges spanning adjacent tributaries and run past several vineyards (Korbel and Martinelli), a horse ranch, a cow dairy and three sprawling emerald green cornfields. One may spot a snowy egret and/or a great white heron wading in the water at “Eddy’s” second trestle bridge. Aid stations at mile 8.5 will be same aid station at mile 20.5.
Mile 8.5 to to mile 9:
Paved but a little ruddy. Best is in middle on yellow line.
Mile 9 to Mile 10:
Flat, paved and fast. The race enters a 12 mile loop that (permit requirement) will be run inside conned lanes. Open lane is required for emergency vehicles and CHP escorted residents. At mile 10 runners enter the beautiful grounds of DeLoach Winery and Vineyards and as a special treat actually pass through one of its above the ground barrel rooms. Aid station at mile 10.5 resides on the vineyard grounds.
Mile 10.5 to Mile 12.5:
Incredibly beautiful. The course passes sprawling vineyards and at (mile 12) over two small rolling hills: The first is about 350 feet long with a 30 foot elevation gain and the second is about 700 feet long with 40 feet gain. A bit challenging but only lasts for a few minutes. Mile 11 to mile 12.5 is incredibly scenic and my favorite "heavenly" spot on the course. It's only a mile from the race expo at DeLoach Winery and worth a visit.
Mile 13 to Mile 16:
Flat and fast. Scenic pastoral miles dotted with oaks, small wineries and two aid stations at mile 13 and 15.
Mile 16 to Mile 17:
Flat, paved and fast: Conned lane on a busy street. Well, nothing is perfect, but it is flat and an a very large aid station resides at mile 17.
Mile 17 to Mile 19:
Another set of small rolling hills at 17.5 with a 20 foot elevation change for a few hundred yards and then flat and fast as the race, again, passes through more vineyards, and pastoral oak studded rural areas. A possible misting station at mile 18.5 and another large aid station at mile 19.
Mile 19 to Mile 20.5:
Rural residential, pavement is a bit ruddy, yet flat and fast. Another aid station at Mile 20.5 as the route reenters the Greenway trail.
Mile 20.5 to Finish:
Scenic and picturesque: Reverses the original starting miles using the same aid stations (miles 22.5, 24 and 25).
Finish Line: A few feet from original starting line and beautiful spinner medallions, free pancakes and assorted food and festivities in the adjoining and beautiful Juilliard Park.
This course is 99 % flat.
Elevation difference between highest and lowest points is only 100 feet. Two sets of minor rolling hills (mile 12 and 17.5) are the two noticeable changes of elevation and they are minor, but pesky speed bumps. I have run Boston qualifying times on this course during training runs.
Ready, Set, Go.