April Issue, 2016
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APRIL 2016


- Vintage Track & Field Youth Meet

- AF Training Group a Success!

- Plantar Fasciitis Tips

- Volunteer at Hits Triathlon

- Race for Education

- 2nd Annual Sun Run

- April Recipe

- Upcoming Races
Napa High Seeks
XC Coach

If you are knowledgeable about the sport of cross country and have a background in running and a passion for leading high school athletes please contact the Napa High Athletic Department!

Email inquiries to:

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Two cushioning foams work together to soften each step while intelligent geometries in the midsole and outsole deliver inherent stability that helps you keep going.

Cute Styles AND arch support? Look No further! The Vionic spring line is here! 

Women's Shoe

Men's Shoes
It's almost time for the 12th annual Petaluma Footrace!
Run or walk the 3 or 5 mile course through Alman Marsh and Shollenberger Park on Sunday, April 17th!  
Register here!
Spring Recipe

Artichoke and Arugula Pizza with Prosciutto


Cooking spray 
1 tablespoon cornmeal 
1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough 
2 tablespoons commercial pesto 
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 
1 (9-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and drained 
1 ounce thinly sliced prosciutto 
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese 
1 1/2 cups arugula leaves 
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Position oven rack to lowest setting. Preheat oven to 500°

Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray; sprinkle with cornmeal. Unroll dough onto prepared baking sheet, and pat into a 14 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread the pesto evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over pesto. Place baking sheet on the bottom oven rack; bake at 500° for 5 minutes. Remove pizza from oven.

Coarsely chop artichokes. Arrange artichokes on pizza; top with sliced prosciutto. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Return pizza to the bottom oven rack; bake an additional 6 minutes or until crust is browned.

Place arugula in a bowl. Drizzle juice over arugula; toss gently. Top the pizza with arugula mixture. Cut the pizza into 4 (7 x 5-inch) rectangles; cut each rectangle diagonally into 2 wedges.

From the kitchen of Kate Washington, Cooking Light
January 2007

Photo by Oxmoor House

Napa Half Registration is Open for early bird sign up!

Registration is only $50 today through the end of April! Participants will receive a short sleeve tech T shirt, customer finisher medal and a bottle of Napa Valley wine at the finish!

Register Today!

Vintage Track & Field Youth Meet

Do you know kids who like to run, jump and throw? The Vintage T&F Youth Meet is a great way to introduce Napa's youngsters to the sport! Elementary and middle school children are encouraged to come and compete in age group competition at the Vintage High track. 
$7 for a day of Track & Field Fun!
April 16th from 9am-2pm

All proceeds support VHS T&F

Check in at 9am. Running events begin at 10am in the following order:
4x100m Relay, 1600m, 400m, 100m, 800m, 200m, 
kids 50m (8 and under), 4x400m Relay
Field events include Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.

Shout Out to the Athletic Feat 5K Training Group!

The 2016 AF Training Group was a huge success! We are proud of our runners' hard work and dedication. Progression training takes patience but the results are great: healthy runners who can run 5K continuously! We also saw big Personal Records (PRs) in the mile, which we run at the beginning of our training and then revisit 8 weeks later to measure improvement in fitness. Hats off to you!

Got Plantar Fasciitis?

Sharp pain in the heel when you get out of bed? Constant nagging discomfort in your heel or arch during and after prolonged activity or standing? You may have Planter Fasciitis. The pain is caused by an inflammation or straining of the Plantar Fascia, the connective band of tissue that runs from your heel up to your toes. The pain can most commonly be caused by excessive pronation (the inward rolling of the foot), extended exercise or standing on hard surfaces, being overweight, having tight calves and achilles, or wearing unsupportive footwear.

Here is our list of helpful tools for alleviating your Plantar Fasciitis:

Stretch and Roll: Try gentle calf stretches with your foot up against the wall and your leg straight. Massage your calves by using a foam roller or massage stick.
Ice: Roll the arches on a frozen water bottle to ice and massage at the same time. Or try the Moji Foot Pro (seen below)
Support your Arches: Try an insert that offers support such as Superfeet or Spenco. Sandal and slippers with support will help keep the plantar fascia from being irritated. Don't Go Barefoot! 
Strengthening Exercises: Place a hand towel on the ground in front of a chair. While seated, try to pull the towel towards you only using your toes (keep your heels planted on the floor). The scrunching action engages the arch and can help strengthen the weakened area.

The Hits Napa Valley Triathlon is looking for organizations who would like the opportunity to earn money by volunteering at the 2-day event at Berryessa/Putah Canyon.

Earn $250 for bringing a group of 25 or more volunteers! (A great team fundraiser!)
Don't have a large group? Tri Hits will donate $10 per volunteer.

Shifts are from 9am-1:30pm both days (April 9th and 10th)
Volunteers will receive a T shirt and be provided with food and beverage during their shift.

To sign up click here

For more information contact Jackie:

The annual Spring Has Sprung 5K/10K will be held on May 1st!
The race starts and finishes at Coyote Valley Elementary and tours the neighborhoods of Hidden Valley Lake. The event is put on by the wonderful Lake County Milers.

This year we are sharing a special promo code for $5 off your entry! Use the code "AFEAT" when you register!
Register here!

5K starts at 4pm on Sunday, May 22nd at the Napa Valley College Track
Bring the whole family and run or stroll the Napa River Trail from the Napa Valley College, then get ready to dance with WonderBread5 at the after-party! Food trucks, music, wine and prizes await!
Sign up here and help support education in Napa!

Time to dust off the running shoes for Festival Napa Valley's second annual Sun Run!

Saturday, July 16th

The popular 5K and 10K race starts at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, and participants can choose to run, jog, or walk along the Vine Trail, to and through charming downtown Yountville, and into the surrounding vineyards.
All proceeds go towards supporting the Napa County Alliance for Arts Education, a coalition dedicated to promoting arts education access, equity and quality in Napa County K-12 public schools.

Register here!

Saturday, April 16 Calistoga Trail Ramble

Sunday, May 1 Spring Has Sprung

Sunday, May 15 National MPS Society 5K

Sunday, May 22 Race for Education 5K

Saturday, July 16  Sun Run