NAPA, Calif. — February 19, 2016 —A field of motivated entrants from 21 countries, 47 U.S. states, and Washington, D.C. will gather in California’s Napa Valley for the 38th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon on Sunday, March 6, 2016. The Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) asks each entrant to describe on their entry form their reasons for entering the race. Among the varied responses each year, many illustrate how the challenges of a 26.2-mile race spur marathoners to undertake charitable deeds that assist others who face adversity, to overcome personal adversities themselves, or to travel the globe in search of the most compelling races. A high percentage of respondents also cite the reputation of NVM as one of the best organized marathons in the U.S., and the allure of the picturesque Napa Valley wine growing region, as primary reasons for entering the race.
Every Napa Valley Marathon participant assists important local causes. All proceeds from the Napa Valley Marathon (a non-profit organization) are donated to local charities and schools in the Napa Valley region. Numerous NVM participants, however, choose to go beyond NVM’s annual philanthropy by dedicating their race to others, often raising donations that fund the charities of their choice.
On February 11, 2016 Forbes Travel Guide rated NVM among the top 12 marathons in the world “worth traveling for,” an honor it has bestowed on NVM three times in the past five years. On January 28, 2016 The Economic Times ranked NVM at the top of its list of the “world's best marathon locations to inspire you to lace up and get training.” Runner’s World magazine selected NVM as one of the top ten U.S. marathons for first-time marathon participants in its January, 2011 issue. American Express' Departures magazine declared NVM as #7 in their “ten travel-worthy races that make for truly memorable journeys on the run.”