13 Half Marathons With (Loads Of) Beer at the Finish Line

Cups of Oakshire Brewing beer at the Eugene Marathon.

Cups of Oakshire Brewing beer at the Eugene Marathon.

1) Shiner Beer Run Half Marathon • Shiner, TX

Take a hilly run through the “cleanest little city in Texas” at this race, which finishes at the historic Spoetzl Brewery. The course unfolds through Shiner’s Green Dickson Park and features a mile-long stretch along a loose gravel road, followed by the Shiner Beer Garden when you’re done.

Sat, Nov 19 • Race info & signup >>

2) Swamp House Half Marathon • DeBary, FL

With a route that runs through historic DeBary and along the St. John’s River, this fast and flat race starts and finishes at the Swamp House Grill, where you’ll enjoy the race after-party with unlimited beer for runners over 21, until 11:00 AM.

Sun, Mar 5 • Race info & signup >>

3) Half Madness 13.1 • Batavia, IL

Run this race’s gently rolling hills and you’ll be rewarded with all-you-can-drink Sam Adams at the finish line, located less than an hour from Chicago with stretches through historic Batavia neighborhoods and along the Fox River.

Sun, Aug 28 • Race info & signup >>

4) Great Bay Half Marathon • Newmarket, NH

Sponsored by Smuttynose Brewing Company, one of New Hampshire’s biggest craft breweries, this loop race runs near the Great Bay Estuary and National Wildlife Refuge, and features a famous post-race beer party at the Riverworks and the nearby American Legion Hall.

Sun, Apr 9 • Race info & signup >>

5) Horsetooth Half Marathon • Ft. Collins, CO

Voted the state’s #1 half marathon by the readers of Colorado Running magazine, this race starts runners in the shadow of Horsetooth State Park for a course that includes both paved surfaces and bike trails, with some steep hills and elevation changes — and New Belgium beer waiting at the finish line.

Sun, Apr 23 • Race info & signup >>

6) Covered Bridges Half Marathon • Woodstock, VT

Sponsored by Harpoon Brewery, which greets runners with free food and unlimited beer at the finish line, this race follows a downhill point-to-point route that starts at the Suicide Six Ski Area in nearby South Pomfret, and runs through farmland to get to Woodstock.

Sun, Jun 4 • Race info & signup >>

7) Tyranena Beer Run Half Marathon • Lake Mills, WI

Run along the neighborhood streets of this town that once was called Tyranena (or “sparkling waters” in the local Native American language), this race offers both a “half barrel” distance (13.1 miles) and a “1/6 barrel” for those who’d prefer the shorter distance of 4.3 miles.

Sat, Nov 5 • Race info & signup >>

8) Jalapeno Half Marathon • Fort Worth, TX

Run on a loop course along portions of the Trinity River and the campus of Texas Christian University, this race features both a jalapeno-eating contest at the finish line and free beer from Rabbit Hole Brewing for all runners over 21.

Sun, Jun 25 • Race info & signup >>

9) Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon • Rehoboth Beach, DE

Visiting the beach in Delaware isn’t usually a “must do,” but the after-party at this race is reason enough to put it on your list. The town’s picturesque scenery offers a beautiful backdrop for the fast, flat course, where all-you-can-drink beer will be waiting at the finish line along with plenty of hot food and a DJ.

Sat, Dec 3 • Race info & signup >>

10) Providence Rogue Run • Medford, OR

Between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains in southwest Oregon lies the Rogue River Valley, which runners will make their way through along the running and biking path known as the Bear Creek Greenway. The finish line at the Jackson County Fairgrounds will host the post-race party with a beer garden.

Sun, Sep 18 • Race info & signup >>

11) Quilcene Oyster Half Marathon • Quilcene, WA

Framed by the Olympic Mountains and nearby Douglas fir forests, this race across Puget Sound from nearby Seattle features a post-race party with a beer garden and wine tasting, along with an oyster bar, in honor of the famous shellfish this region is known for.

Sat, Sep 24 • Race info & signup >>

12) San Dieguito Half Marathon • Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Discover one of “the most beautiful and scenic courses you’ll ever run” at this race, one of the nation’s longest-running 13.1-mile events (it’s set for its 49th annual running in 2017) which also features a beer garden waiting for runners at the finish line.

Sun, Feb 14 • Race info & signup >>

13) Santa Rosa Half Marathon • Santa Rosa, CA

The largest city in Northern California’s wine growing region opens up the pathways along the Santa Rosa Creek for this late summer race, which gives out a bottle of wine to every runner and features free beer and wine at the finish line, along with stacks of pancakes to help soak up your drink of choice.

Sun, Aug 27 • Race info & signup >>

1 comment… add one
  • Sarah Hockett November 28, 2016, 12:14 pm

    Also, make sure to check out the 30A Half Marathon & 5K in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. This course will take you past beautiful, white sand beaches, iconic beach towns and natural forest. In addition, they have 3 days of fun activities and there is a boatload of beer every day from their kickoff party, the 30A BBQ Festival to their packet pickup, and of course at the finish line!

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