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Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport Teams Up with Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon
Collaboration brings together two of the region’s tourism industry partners to welcome runners from around the world to experience the very best Wine Country has to offer
Santa Rosa, CA | November 02, 2022
SONOMA, California – November 2, 2022 – The Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) and Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon (N2S) today announced a new, multi-year title partnership agreement.
The 2023 Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon & Rosé 5K (#STSN2S) returns the weekend of July 15 & 16, welcoming thousands of participants from around the world to experience 13.1-miles of racing and tasting.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the North Bay to really shine! We have so much to offer: wineries, redwoods, beaches, parks, and more,” said Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin. “The new STSN2S half-marathon and Rosé 5K partnership will bring greater awareness to the Sonoma County Airport and also bring more visitors and revenue to our communities. I look forward to welcoming the runners and their families and friends to Sonoma County.”
Both STS and N2S have built outstanding reputations in the local community, each sharing common values when it comes to creating economic impact and promoting travel in Wine Country. Featuring the new social media hashtag #STSN2S, the agreement aligns two of the region’s tourism partners joining efforts to promote a world-class destination event and the airport’s soon-to-be-opened new terminal.
“We are thrilled to be the title sponsor of the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon because it aligns so clearly with the airport’s longstanding commitment to community engagement and supporting special events which enhances our communities, wellness and promote civic pride in our community,” said Jon Stout, Airport Manager. “The event is truly a marriage of fitness enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs coming together to do something positive and meaningful. STS is half the travel distance and twice the experience and we’re proud our new terminal will become the gateway to Wine Country for these amazing athletes.”
Named one of the most scenic half-marathons in the United States, race weekend starts on the morning of Saturday, July 15 with the popular Rosé 5K. Featuring an on-course rosé tasting station, the Rosé 5K showcases 3.1-miles of beautiful vineyards and panoramic hillside views, finishing with a post-race “Rosé Garden” in historic Sonoma Plaza.
“With a shared passion and commitment to creating incredible Wine Country experiences, this new partnership with the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport represents a perfect pairing,” said Phyllis Blanchard, Director of Partnerships for the event. “The airport is such a vital part of the Sonoma community, and we are proud to partner with them to make it more convenient for runners to travel. Working together, our goal is to make the race even more successful by enhancing the experience for runners, spectators and everyone involved once they touch down on the runway in Sonoma County.”
Sunday’s 13.1-mile main event starts under a hot air balloon at the opulent Cuvaison Winery, just off California Highway 121. Runners enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area and a number of rustic farms and lavish estates along the route. The final mile takes participants straight down Broadway, past Sonoma’s historical landmarks and ends with a Wine Tasting Festival adjacent to City Hall.
“Flying into STS for a weekend of running and wine is the perfect getaway to explore everything that Sonoma Valley has to offer,” said Tim Zahner, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau. “With stunning scenery and incredible wines, it is no wonder this event is one of the most popular half-marathons in the United States. So mark your calendars and book your travel early, because the 2023 STS Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon is sure to be an unforgettable experience.”
About Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS)
Located in the heart of Northern California’s world-renowned Wine Country, the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport is the only airport that offers scheduled air service into the North Bay region. Daily nonstop flights include: Alaska Airlines to Los Angeles, Burbank, Orange County, San Diego, Portland and Seattle; American Airlines to Phoenix and Dallas; Avelo Airlines to Burbank, Las Vegas and Palm Springs (11/11/2022). All airlines offer a wide range of connecting flights to destinations across the continental U.S., Mexico and beyond.
Offering a hassle-free experience with shorter lines and an easier commute for North Bay residents, STS also features convenient ground transportation, easy and affordable parking with 2-hours free and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, Alaska Airlines’ Wine Flies Free program, the on-site Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Apple Spice, Flight Deck Wine Lounge and Costeaux on the Go. For additional airport information, visit flySTS.com and follow Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS) on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
About Napa to Sonoma
The 19th annual Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon and Rosé 5k (#STSN2S) returns the weekend of July 18-19, 2023. The world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys serve as the host of this incredible 13.1-mile racing and tasting event; offering the finest in ambience and hospitality featuring a picturesque course that winds through rustic farms, lavish estates and scenic vineyards. Wine Country’s favorite summertime running event is a weekend celebration, including a free two-day Health Expo in downtown Sonoma Plaza and a finish line Wine Tasting festival on Sunday showcasing more than 20 local wineries and live music. Over the race’s 18-year history, charity partners have fundraised more than $25 million for a variety of worthy causes and nonprofit organizations. For more information or to sign up for the race, visit RunNapatoSonoma.com and follow @Napa2SonomaHalf on social media with the hashtag #STSN2S.
Courtesy Start Line Photo – Credit Ryan Bethke / @RWBMultimedia
Video Footage – Half Marathon Event Highlights
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