2017 Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon and Hallowine 10K Officially Cancelled Due to Surrounding Neighborhood Wildfires

October 20th, 2017

GoFundMe Page Established to Help Local Napa and Sonoma Charities

Sonoma, CA, (October 20, 2017) – Today, Destination Races and Motiv Sports announced that the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon and Hallowine 10K have been officially cancelled after carefully reviewing different scenarios and consulting with county officials, CHP, medical teams, community partners and participants.

The races were supposed to take place on October 28, 2017, and although the events are several days away, the poor air quality and pulling away community resources and emergency personnel were huge concerns. The race organization also listened to many social media posts addressing concerns about the races and the difficulties in participating this year.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this cancellation may cause for our participants, vendors, and partners,” Matt Dockstader, Partner of Destination Races.  “Destination Races’ events are focused on building a community of active enthusiasts and supporting partners who share a passion for running and a love of the wine country experience.”

In support of North Bay fire relief efforts, Destination Races and Motiv Sports will be making a $10,000 donation to local charities aimed at relief and recovery efforts.  They have also established a GoFundMe page to raise even more funds and the link can be found here https://www.gofundme.com/drfirerelief.

“We went to great lengths to reach out to our partners in all the communities that were affected across Napa and Sonoma countries to determine the feasibility of holding this event,” stated Dockstader.  “It was a very tough decision to cancel as residents and businesses are ready to get back on their feet and resume their normal lives. The best way to show our support at this time is through our fundraising efforts and we hope to see everyone next year.”

In lieu of the race on October 28th, Destination Races staff will be organizing a day of volunteerism in Sonoma County. All local runners, volunteers, and partners are invited to join in on donating and distributing recovery snacks and drinks originally intended for the race and offering additional support.  More information to be posted on the race Facebook page in coming days.

Destination Races and Motiv Sports are offering the option to transfer to events from the Motiv portfolio including the 2018 Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon, 2018 IPA 10K, or the 2018 Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon.

About Destination Races / Motiv Sports

Destination Races was founded in 2004, and produces a series of boutique-style events hosted by renowned wine regions and revered by thousands of runners and wine enthusiasts from all over the world. Motiv Sports is an active lifestyle and entertainment company focused on delivering authentic and immersive live and digital experiences. Founded in 2015, Motiv Sports is headquartered in Denver, CO, with offices across the country and Canada. With decades of experience in the sports and entertainment events industry, the company is continually refining what works while exploring unique partnerships and opportunities to further enhance the consumer experience. The Motiv Sports platform currently consists of 41 triathlon and running events and digital properties with plans to expand into several vertical industries in the outdoor lifestyle space. A belief in better is the root of all motivation. That’s what Motiv Sports is all about. Learn more at www.motivrunning.com.

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2017 Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon and Hallowine 10K Officially Cancelled Due to Surrounding Neighborhood Wildfires

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