Events

Napa Valley 50k | 20 mile

First running! 50k and 20 mile. The only race to run across the Palisades above Calistoga. This race is new and exciting and tough!

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Calistoga, CA

April 22, 2017

Overview

Napa Valley’s First Trail 50k!

Join us in Calistoga for the first running of the Napa Valley 50k, in glorious Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Your race will take you out and along the Palisades all the way to Mount St. Helena. 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!

Those of you taking part in the 20 mile Fun Run will follow a similar course, turning around at the Highway 29 Aid Station. No matter the race, you’ll be treated with stunning views and challenged with new trails.

Course and Aid

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. Elevation profiles coming shortly!

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. 20 mile runners have 3 aid station stops. While aid is plentiful, limited access to the Palisades Trail means that there is at least one 6 mile between stations. We recommend all runners carry 40oz of water.

After Running

Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes on the lawn at La Prima Pizza, so we’d be pretty thick to miss a great after-run spread. But there’s more. This is just the first day in two days of great running with the Calistoga Trail Ramble 10 mile/10k taking place on Sunday. Saturday night, join with us at Bothe-Napa State Park for relaxation, socializing, and all that means, including an evening of music with Voodoo Switch led by Scena Ambassador, Victor Ballesteros.

Getting and Staying Here

Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes in Calistoga, California at the top of Napa Valley. Camping is available at Bothe and will be available for registration through Scena Performance or directly with the parks after January 1. For more places to stay and other great ideas during your visit, check in with our friends at Visit Calistoga!

  • 50k

    Runners on the 50k course will be treated rocky and steep uphill sections to bring participants to expansive views of the Napa Valley, following single track trails across the Palisades and through the Maze. Runners will cross Highway 29 and proceed to the top of Mount St. Helena before turning around and heading home along the same course.

    AID STATIONS

    There will be 2 aid stations for the 50K, which runners will visit 6 times, going out and back at the 6, 10, 12, 17, 20, 25 mile points in the race. Aid stations will be stocked with all of your favorite runner fare, including fresh fruit, chips, gels, potatoes and salt, candy, soda, water, sports drink and other assorted goodies.
  • 20 mile

    The 20-mile course starts out on a rocky single track section along the History Trail, passing the Pioneer Cemetery and the Bale Grist Mill site before looping back up past the start to round out the run along the 10k course.

    AID STATIONS

    There will be three aid stations for the 20-Mile, located at the 6, 10, 14-mile points. Aid stations will be stocked with all of your favorite runner fare, including fresh fruit, chips, gels, potatoes and salt, candy, soda, water, sports drink and other assorted goodies.

Times, Getting here, Where to stay

START TIMES

All races start at 8:00 AM

GETTING HERE

Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes at the same point in Calistoga, right at the intersection of Silverado Trail and Highway 29. The ceremonial start and finish will be at La Prima Pizza at 1923 Lake Street, Calistoga, CA 94515, though the race will start and finish at the trailhead across the street for safety reasons.

WHERE TO STAY

Campsites in the park may be available by booking directly with the park. Book early- these will fill up very quickly!

If you prefer a solid roof to a tent, other options may be found on Goldenhaven.com or on AirBnB.

Awards, Drop bags, Time limit

AWARDS

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and the top male and female age group finishers in 10-yr increments.

DROP BAGS

Yes, runners may leave drop bags, which will be delivered to the Highway 29 lot at the 10 mile point of the races.

TIME LIMIT

no

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a pre-race packet pickup?

To be announced.

I am new to trail running, will I get lost?

The trails are thoroughly marked with ribbons, and each turn will have multiple ribbons along with a sign pointing you in the direction of the turn. There will be no areas where you need to guess. We haven't lost anyone yet!

Are there finisher awards?

While we do offer a hearty congratulations, along with various race swag, we emphasize the experience over the medals, and devote more energy toward the things that will make the race one to remember, including elaborate post-run food, beer, and celebration where you can connect with your fellow finishers. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and the top male and female age group finishers in 10-yr increments.

Are there things for my family to do at this location?

Napa Valley is a great place to bring the entire family and Calistoga specifically offers a charming small town setting that will treat non-runners. The event is staged near Bothe-Napa State Park swimming pool ($6 fee), and there will be a race center there in a shady picnic area where family members can relax under the cool cover of trees, hike along the sun-dappled creek trails, and take part in the post-race festivities. Wineries abound near the park.

Can I hike the event?

Yes, we believe everyone should get a chance to experience these beautiful trails, regardless of pace.

Do you need volunteers?

Our races depend on the generous spirit of the running community to ensure every participant is well supported. Volunteers will receive a free entry to a future Scena Performance event. Please fill out the volunteer form for more information.

Napa Valley 50k | 20 mile