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Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon

Matt Flaherty, 28, of Bloomington, Ind., and Jenny Kadavy, 31, of Concord, Calif., were the men’s and women’s winners at the scenic Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon in Napa, Calif., Sun., March 2.

Running 2:26:15, Matt Flaherty finished more than two minutes ahead of Chris Mocko, 27, of San Francisco, Calif.,  who was second in 2:28:36. Ryan Donovan, 31, of Fort Collins, Colo., finished third in 2:31:10.

Jenny Kadavy ran 2:40:47 to win the women’s race by more than 10 minutes! Meredith Placer, 27, of Tucson, Ariz., finished second in 2:52:26 and Devon Yanko, 31, of San Anselmo, Calif., was third in 2:52:54.

Matt Flaherty of Bloomington, Ind. and Jenny Kadavy of Concord, Calif. garnered big wins in competitive fields at today’s 36th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. Flaherty, 28, an accomplished runner who was crowned the 2013 U.S. 50 Mile Road Champion, improved upon his fourth place finish at last year’s Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) while recording a winning time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 15 seconds. Kadavy notched the women’s victory in 2:40:47 on a day that presented near-ideal weather conditions for distance running: overcast, little wind, with temperatures hovering around 48 degrees at the start. Light showers sprinkled the later finishers, but didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of about 2,700 marathon entrants.

In the men’s race Flaherty was content to pace himself behind two-time NVM champion Chris Mocko (San Francisco, Calif.) and Ryan Donovan (Fort Collins, Colo.) in the early stages of the race, a strategy that eventually paid off for him on the scenic, gently rolling, point-to-point course from Calistoga to Napa. “I tried to keep my head up the entire race and keep an eye on him. Around mile 21 I saw him stop and stretch, so I knew he had some issues. I think I saw him stop and stretch three times from miles 21 to 25 and that definitely helped me cut the gap. He kept going strong, but that let me know I had a better chance than I thought.”  Flaherty commented.

“Napa is one of my favorite marathons, I love point-to-point courses. It’s well run, a good size, and a really fun race,” said Flaherty, who is sponsored by Salomon, a mountain sports apparel company.

Unlike the men’s contest, the women’s race was a one-woman show as Jenny Kadavy (nee’ Wilson), 31, fronted the competition from wire to wire and was unchallenged. “I just wanted to go out at a consistent pace, and not too hard,” said Kadavy (Asics Aggies Running Club) who bumped up her training to a modest 55 miles per week last December to prepare for NVM. “I think I kept that pace well. Nobody was challenging me, so I just ran my myself. I just wanted to do 2:42 at least and get in that range.”

Known as “the Biggest Little Marathon in the West,” the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon rewards male and female open and masters winners with oversized bottles of wine etched with their championship accomplishments. The male and female winners of the race also receive their “weight-in-wine” donated by the Silverado Trail Wineries Association.

 

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.

2014 Race Winners · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 02:26:15 Matt Flaherty 28 Bloomington, IN
2nd Male Finisher 02:28:36 Chris Mocko 27 San Francisco, CA
3rd Male Finisher 02:31:10 Ryan Donovan 31 Fort Collins, CO
4th Male Finisher 02:35:58 Aaron Jacobsen 33 Santa Cruz, CA
5th Male Finisher 02:37:27 Charlie Johnston 31 Sparks, NV
6th Male Finisher 02:38:14 Ron Young 33 Fallon, NV
7th Male Finisher 02:41:26 Alexander Tyner 20 Rancho Santa Fe, CA
8th Male Finisher 02:42:02 Julian Sunn 28 Santa Cruz, CA
9th Male Finisher 02:43:00 Ryan Neely 24 Walnut Creek, CA
10th Male Finisher 02:43:29 Ian Sharman 33 Walnut Creek, CA
Overall Female Winner 02:40:47 Jenny Kadavy 31 Concord, CA
2nd Female Finisher 02:52:26 Meredith Placer 27 Tucson, AZ
3rd Female Finisher 02:52:54 Devon Yanko 31 San Anselmo, CA
4th Female Finisher 02:54:46 Flora Lai 35 Emeryville, CA
5th Female Finisher 02:55:53 Dina Kitayama 24 Orinda, CA
6th Female Finisher 03:00:39 Ashley Benson 26 Hillsborough, CA
7th Female Finisher 03:05:09 Jennifer Brandon 36 Boulder, CO
8th Female Finisher 03:06:03 Caroline Boller 39 Santa Rosa, CA
9th Female Finisher 03:06:16 Jacqueline Juarez 25 Torrance, CA
10th Female Finisher 03:08:51 Mary Lynch 47 Santa Ana, CA

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

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 02:44:32 Graham Cooper Piedmont, CA 44 80.43
2nd Men 40-49 02:45:45 Mason Myers Carmichael, CA 44 79.84
3rd Men 40-49 02:46:04 Chris Bither Burlingame, CA 43 79.02
1st Men 50-59 02:58:44 Rick Soper Oakland, CA 53 80.18
2nd Men 50-59 03:06:55 Tim Steele San Ramon, CA 52 75.97
3rd Men 50-59 03:07:06 Ram Praturu San Jose, CA 50 74.54
1st Men 60-69 03:23:36 John Catts Nicasio, CA 60 75.24
2nd Men 60-69 03:34:08 Stephen Freitas Danville, CA 64 74.46
3rd Men 60-69 03:35:57 Jerry Thomas Salinas, CA 60 70.93
1st Men 70+ 04:20:33 Arthur Webb Santa Rosa, CA 72 66.72
2nd Men 70+ 04:27:04 Bob Frazer Santa Rosa, CA 70 63.61
3rd Men 70+ 04:28:30 Phillip Riley Wichita, KS 71 63.98
1st Women 40-49 03:08:51 Mary Lynch Santa Ana, CA 47 81.98
2nd Women 40-49 03:15:35 Mairi Burfoot Sudbury, MA 44 76.30
3rd Women 40-49 03:16:40 Celine Portet-Cervone Napa, CA 43 74.98
1st Women 50-59 03:16:28 Diane Daruty Newport Beach, CA 50 81.86
2nd Women 50-59 03:22:52 Anne Hughes Austin, TX 52 81.38
3rd Women 50-59 03:24:28 Susan Duteau Hisndale, IL 50 78.66
1st Women 60-69 03:43:49 Janet Cain Sonoma, CA 62 85.07
2nd Women 60-69 03:50:10 Betty Wagner Portland, OR 62 82.72
3rd Women 60-69 03:57:51 Beth Onines Lake Zurich, IL 60 77.68

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At A Glance
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LocationNapa, California
Race DistanceMarathon
Race Date 2015March 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
Start Time7:00 AM
Course Record Men2:16:20 (1987)
Course Record Women2:39:37 (2012)
Years Running35
Entrant Cap2,300
2014 Total Finishers1,765
  Men  804
  Women  961
Age Group Awards5 Year
ExpoYes
Entry Fee100.00
 
Advance RegistrationOnline Registration
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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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