Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon Teams Up with Emma Coburn for Race Weekend

January 14, 2020

Emma will be on hand to welcome runners in several capacities.

The Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon, operated by Blistering Pace Race Management, is excited to announce professional runner Emma Coburn’s inclusion to race weekend.  Emma will be on hand in several capacities, including at the Saturday morning shake out run as well as giving out high fives at the finish line on race day.  Additionally, she will take part in our “Grit: The Key to Success” Speaker Series Panel which will also feature Catt Sadler, former E! News host, as well as Elizabeth DeLouise-Gant, Winemaker at Conn Creek Winery.

Emma Coburn is an American middle distance runner specializing in the 3000 meter steeplechase. She won the gold medal at the 2017 World Championships with a time of 9:02.59, becoming the first American woman to win a global gold medal in the event.  Emma also snagged a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics as well as a silver medal in the 2019 World Championships.  Emma is a seven-time US Champion and was a three-time NCAA champion while at the University of Colorado.  Most recently, Emma was announced as a 2020 Power Woman of the Year Honoree by Women’s Running Magazine.

We are delighted that Emma can join us in the Napa Valley on race weekend,” remarked Michelle La Sala, President of Blistering Pace Race Management.  “Not only is Emma Coburn a very accomplished runner, she is an entrepreneur, a community supporter, and a leader in our sport for both men and women.  She is a dynamic individual, one we know our runners will want to learn more about.”

The Napa Valley Marathon, in its 42nd year, is joined by the 2nd Annual Napa Valley Half Marathon.  Both distances are approaching sell out for the second year in a row.  Traditionally held on the first Sunday in March, event weekend includes Namaste and Rose′ (yoga followed by wine tasting), free wine and beer tasting at the Expo, a barrel blending opportunity from one of our winery partners, and numerous post-race celebration options.  For more details about race weekend or to register for the event, please visit napavalleymarathon.org.


About Blistering Pace Race Management: Founded in 2016, BPRM works in a variety of race management capacities, ranging from staffing to full operational oversight. Clients include the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon (10K & 5K), the Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the TCS New York City Marathon. For more information, visit blisteringpace.com.