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Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon

Chris Mocko, 28, of San Francisco, Calif., and Devon Yanko, 32, of San Anselmo, Calif., were the men’s and women’s champions in the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon in Napa, Calif., Sun., March 1.

Mocko won the men’s race in 2:23:06 (he had been second last year in 2:28:36), and he needed almost all the additional speed and endurance he showed this year to win as Kevin Poole, 32, of Folsom, Calif., was a relatively close second in 2:23:42.

Kosuko Amano, 30, of San Diego, Calif., finished third in 2:31:18.

Devon Yanko was the women’s winner in 2:45:45, which was a big improvement on her performance last year when she finished third in 2:52:54.

Michelle Meyer, 27, of San Francisco, a previous winner of this race (she ran 2:43:09 in 2013) but now she’s in the midst of studying to become  a doctor, was second this time in 2:51:43. 

Anna Denn, 30, of Salem, Ore., finished third in 2:54:11.


As one of California's top tourist destinations, Napa Valley has been home to its marathon and other races for 33 years. When it comes to scenic, it just doesn't get better than Napa in the spring. The narrow valley is covered in grapes vines that stretch high up the hillsides on either side. The colors are crisp green, blue and yellow this time of year. The more than 300 architecturally unique wineries look like castles, mansions, sprawling villas and sunken flying saucers. Subject to periodic rain showers or crystal clear mornings, the race is a favorite, always a sellout and operates with a seasoned cast of running officials so all goes as smooth as their finest Cabernet.

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 2:23:06 Chris Mocko 28 San Francisco, CA
2nd Male Finisher 2:23:42 Kevin Poole 32 Folsom, CA
3rd Male Finisher 2:31:18 Kosuko Amano 30 San Diego, CA
4th Male Finisher 2:40:46 Haven Barnes 38 Seattle, WA
5th Male Finisher 2:41:26 Mason Meyers 45 Carmichael, CA
6th Male Finisher 2:44:12 Kevin Leiferman 24 Truman, MN
7th Male Finisher 2:44:41 Ron Young 34 Reno, NV
8th Male Finisher 2:47:57 Joe Amendt 46 Clovis, CA
9th Male Finisher 2:48:24 Ian Shirley 23 Berkeley, CA
10th Male Finisher 2:49:07 Jason Arango 32 Seattle, WA
Overall Female Winner 2:45:45 Devon Yanko 32 San Anselmo, CA
2nd Female Finisher 2:51:43 Michelle Meyer 27 San Francisco, CA
3rd Female Finisher 2:54:11 Anna Denn 30 Salem, OR
4th Female Finisher 2:55:35 Kristin Louderback 32 Denver, CO
5th Female Finisher 3:01:05 Natasha Luppov 28 San Francisco, CA
6th Female Finisher 3:01:44 Anne Cottrell 44 St. Helena, CA
7th Female Finisher 3:03:09 Bridget Zapata 25 San Francisco, CA
8th Female Finisher 3:06:01 Merdeith Reshoft 37 Chicago, IL
9th Female Finisher 3:07:20 Jill Christ 32 Menlo Park, CA
10th Female Finisher 3:07:58 Lauren Matheou 32 Mountain View, CA

2015 Age-Group Winning Times · 2015 Results · 2014 Results · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 2:41:26 Mason Myers Carmichael, CA 45 82.69
2nd Men 40-49 2:47:57 Joe Amendt Clovis, CCA 46 80.16
3rd Men 40-49 2:54:00 Frank Christensen New York, NY 44 76.05
1st Men 50-59 2:50:17 Jack Lord Canada 59 89.07
2nd Men 50-59 2:54:35 Steven Bean Eugene, OR 53 82.08
3rd Men 50-59 3:01:56 Steve Kollars Salem, OR 56 81.01
1st Men 60-69 3:18:08 Robert Speck Lafayette, CA 60 77.31
2nd Men 60-69 3:33:33 Dan Maxey Visalia, CA 68 77.85
3rd Men 60-69 3:38:35 Robert Henderson Morgtantown, WV 64 72.94
1st Men 70+ 4:41:14 Valentine Pisarski Reno, NV 70 60.41
2nd Men 70+ 4:49:35 Les Martin San Francisco, CA 74 61.71
3rd Men 70+ 5:29:18 Hugo Ferlito Carmel, CA 71 52.17
1st Women 40-49 3:01:44 Anne Cottrell St. Helena, CA 44 82.12
2nd Women 40-49 3:13:11 Celine Portet Napa, CA 44 77.25
3rd Women 40-49 3:14:21 Penny MacPhail San Anselmo, CA 47 79.66
1st Women 50-59 3:13:11 Elena Shemyakina Geneva, IL 55 89.01
2nd Women 50-59 3:29:23 Yvonne Jessup Hanford, CA 52 78.85
3rd Women 50-59 3:30:47 Adrienne Brooks Napa, CA 50 76.30
1st Women 60-69 3:51:12 Kim Williams Reno, NV 63 83.64
2nd Women 60-69 3:55:39 Darcy Bilinkoff Delta, WA 61 79.58
3rd Women 60-69 3:59:45 Jean Spedding San Diego, CA 60 77.06

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At A Glance
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LocationNapa, California
Race DistanceMarathon
Race Date 2016March 6, 2016
  Race Date 2015  March 1, 2015
  Race Date 2014  March 2, 2014
  Race Date 2013  March 3, 2013
  Race Date 2012  March 4, 2012
  Race Date 2011  March 6, 2011
Course Record Men2:16:20 (1987)
Course Record Women2:39:37 (2012)
Years Running37
Entrant Cap2,300
2015 Total Finishers1,888
  Men  981
  Women  907
Age Group Awards5 Year
Entry Fee100.00
Advance RegistrationOnline Registration
USATF Certified

Best Road Races Course Rating: Average

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Recommended by: Jim Howe
"This race is a must-do. One of my all-time favorites. Great two-day expo, great race t-shirts, one of the best goody bags, wonderful course, fantastic medals," says J.K from Mich.

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