Napa Valley Zooma Runner Spotlight #5

The Napa Valley Zooma Race Ambassadors are excited to bring you our “Runner Spotlight Series”!  Each week we will be featuring a Zooma Napa Valley half marathon or 10K runner on each of our blogs.  As women runners, we want to use our role as an Ambassador to highlight and share the stories behind the incredible women preparing to run Zooma in June.  Each runner has a special and unique story and we invite you to learn about them through this series.  Please feel free to click through the links at the end of each post to read about additional Zooma Racers.

Click here to meet our Napa Valley Ambassadors



Meet Runner Sarah

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  • Name Sarah Kurth
  • Age 38
  • Current City  Oakland
  • Race   Half Marathon


Why are you running ZOOMA Napa Valley?   Napa is such a beautiful part of the bay area, I never pass up an opportunity to run there.

When and why did you start running?  I started about 15 years ago as a Mother’s Day present to my mom. At the time, she was runner and I was a slug. One year I decided I wanted to start moving, so I told her I would train for and run a marathon with her. It stuck.

How many races have you done and which was your favorite?  One Ultra marathon, 20 marathons and too many halves to count. My favorite overall is the Twin Cities Marathon- it was my first (and hometown) marathon that I’ve done multiple times and still love. My favorite course was the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon- it’s a beautiful course with a variety of terrains, quite unexpected.

If you could pick one celebrity to run with, who would it be and why?  For a living celebrity I’d say Peter Segal (host of NPRs Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me)- I love running to the WWDTM podcast, so I guess I already do run with him every week.

Living or dead I’d say Ernest Shackelton (does he count as a celebrity?) I’m fascinated by tales of turn of the century artic exploration, and his ‘Endurance’ expedition is remarkable. I can only imagine that hearing him tell that story would make even the hardest long run seem simple by comparison.

What is your favorite running memory?  The Lagoon Valley Trail half marathon in the pouring rain a few years back. It was a muddy, filthy mess that was so absurdly horrible weather wise I couldn’t help by revel in its muddiness.

When I finished I found out I won my age group- no mean feat for a middle-to-back of the packer like me. I realized I won not because I was the fastest, but because I was the first person who was stubborn enough (stupid enough?) to not drop out as the weather kept getting worse. It was the most appropriate way for me to win an age group award.

What is your one running must-have?  Arm-warmers. A must have for those cold-and-foggy-turning- hot-and-sunny bay area morning runs. My favorites are Lululemon Swifty arm-warmers (which I think are discontinued). Asics have a new style (speed chill) that are pretty great too.

What is your favorite post-run indulgence?  Cupcakes. If I had to choose one, the Samoa Cupcake from Sift (in Napa! Guess where I’m going after the run!). Utterly devine.

Who is your running inspiration?  My mom who taught me that the victory is in getting out the door and doing your best, not being the fastest or the winner.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from running?  That if you plan it right and stick with it, the short term suffering (all those Saturday morning long runs) is worth the long term gains (the finishers medal and the amazing sense of accomplishment).

Want to read more about our amazing Zooma Runners?  Check them out at these blogs …

*Are you running the Zooma Napa Valley and would like to be featured in our Runner Spotlight Series?  Email for more info.  Register for the Napa Race and use the discount code NAMB7 for 10% off your registration {offer ends June 25, 2014}.


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