Erica Weitz travels to Napa Valley for victory


 On a cool morning punctuated by sun, intermittent rain, and brief hail, Erica Weitz, 28, a physical education teacher at Wekiva High School in Apopka, claimed the Napa Valley Marathon women’s title last weekend.

In the women’s race, eventual winner Weitz and 50-year-old Corina Canitz (Brookfield, Wis.) shared the lead until 16 miles where Weitz ventured to the front and gradually extended her lead to a 2:48:48 winning performance.

“It was probably the roughest race I’ve ever had at the end,” she said. “I felt pretty awesome the first 15 miles, and then I felt good from 15 to 20, and then it started to get kind of hard, like 21. I tried to take it one mile at a time. With two miles to go, I heard the second woman was 400 meters behind me.”

Corina Canitz of Brookfield, Wisconsin was the second overall women’s finisher and was 11th overall in a time of 2:49:28.

“I know I can do better by kicking a little earlier than some people,” said Weitz. “I was thinking about time at the beginning. I thought maybe I can get a (personal record). And then it was like, I just want to win. It’s really exciting. I love breaking the tape.”

All proceeds from the Napa Valley Marathon (a non-profit organization) are donated to local charities in the Napa Valley.

Full race results for the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon will be available on the event’s website at


  1. Congratulations Erica……you ran just like a Mustang! You look very fit. I am sure that was hard to do, at least I know it would have been hard for me to do, as I would have fell out for sure…….


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