Athletic Events

 The Half Marathon (13.1 miles) will be held in Windsor May 22. This family-oriented fitness activity will also feature 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) distance running events, live music, a pancake brunch and will coincide with the Farmers Market hours held on the Town Green.

“I have a passion for fitness as well as triathlons, but I also wanted to bring the concept of a Half Marathon to Sonoma County,” said Brad Illing, Event Director.

The Half Marathon has become a very popular distance within the reach of many local residents. My dream became reality in 2008 when we organized the first Wine Country Half Marathon in Healdsburg. Now, three years later, we are expanding the program to include similar races in Windsor.”

The field is expected to include up to 1,000 runners – with the prospects of increasing to more than 2,000 in 2011. The Half Marathon is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. on the Green, followed by the 10K and 5K races at 8:00 a.m.

“We are working with the Windsor Unified School District to raise funds for the after school sports program. The goal is to get kids off the couch and away from video games and into physical exercise,” Illing said.

Brad Illing has personally raced in over 100 triathlons, including five Ironman competitions, and has also completed dozens of marathons, mountain bike races, adventure races and off-road events. With over 20 years of race experience, Brad brings a dual perspective as event director and participant.

For more information, go to www.windsorgreenhalfmarathon.com or www.eventswithsole.com.