2017 Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon and Hallowine 10K Officially Cancelled Due to Surrounding Neighborhood Wildfires
GoFundMe Page Established to Help Local Napa and Sonoma Charities
Sonoma, CA, (October 19, 2017) – Today, Destination Races and Motiv Sports announced the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon and Hallowine 10K were officially cancelled after carefully reviewing all 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 was a huge concern. 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. We 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 any California event within the Motiv Sports portfolio, including the 2018 Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon, 2018 IPA 10K, and 2018 Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon.
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