3/3 Our race date has been changed to November 27 -- Thanksgiving weekend. We will be hosting an informal day on the Palisades on April 17, our original race day, as planned.
Athletes who have registered but can't run on race day - or don't want to be in the crowd in race day - will be able to take part in a 'virtual' run where you cover part of the course. There will be at least 3 days where we will provide light support on course, with at least one water station to make crossing the Palisades possible. We will send you your shirt and medal. This option is meant to give maximum flexibility in taking part in the race. More details to come.
Napa Valley's First Trail 50k!
Join us in Calistoga for the Napa Valley Endurance Run, three races in glorious Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Don't let the name fool you -- this is a challenging race that rollicks across the Palisades on rarely run trails, not a day at the spa.
Your race will take you up Oat Hill Mine Trail and across the Palisades all the way to Mount St. Helena. The climbs are dramatic, the trails technical like no other, and the views breathtaking. Along the way, you'll find mystical trail features such as the Maze with its Nautilus centerpiece. Come discover where the author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon, and wonder if this land was the inspiration for those great stories! No matter the race, you'll be treated with stunning views and challenged with new trails.
NEW FOR 2021 With changes to the course made in 2018, the 20mile event is now a 35k, so we have changed the name to reflect the new distance.
To ease congestion during the races and to support the competition in the half-marathon, we have two starting times. 50k and 35k start at 7:30AM. Half marathon starts at 9:00.
UTMB: Napa Valley 50k is worth 2 UTMB points.
Course and Aid
No doubt about it -- these are challenging runs. Starting at the trailhead right off of the Silverado Trail, Napa Valley 50k takes you up the Oat Hill Mine Trail, then along the Palisades Trail, the Table Rock Trail and, finally, the Mount St. Helena Trail. The 50k has over 7,500 of elevation as shown here in the elevation profile. For additional maps and other race information visit us here.
This out-and-back course is all trail (single track and fire road) with one highway crossing. 50k runners hit fully stocked aid stations 6 times during the run, with stations positioned along the trail and then at the intersection with Hwy 29. 35k runners have 3 aid station stops. 20k runners have one aid station at the midway point of the race.
While aid is plentiful, limited access to the Palisades Trail means that there is up to 6 mile between stations. We recommend all runners carry 40oz of water and additional nutrition. Gels will be available at the start.
Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes on the Great Lawn in the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, where we will fill you with food and good cheer. This is just a long block from the old Start/Finish in the Calistoga RV Park. The location is central to Calistoga so your family can visit this charming town while you run. Then, they can come watch you run down the street and into the finish. Everyone is welcome for food and drink after the run.
This is just the first day in two days of great running.
Awards and Schwag
All finishers receive a custom finishers woodallion, hand-crafted by Elevation Culture, as well as a t-shirt. There are awards for overall winners, by gender, in each race. In races with a field of more than 50 runners, Scena offers awards for Age Gropu winners, as well. in 10-year divisions.
Getting and Staying Here
Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes in Calistoga, California at the top of Napa Valley. For more places to stay and other great ideas during your visit, check in with our friends at Visit Calistoga!
About Scena Performance
Scena Performance presents classic races like Skyline 50k, and Dick Collins Firetrails in Oakland, CA and creates new ones like Napa Valley 50k in Calistoga, and Ancient Redwood Running Festival in Mendocino and Sonoma Women's Triathlon and Healdsburg Turkey Trot in Healdsburg. Our aim is to take you someplace new and reward you with great running, food, and friends.
Local time: 5:01 AM
See you out there?